Disaster Relief

Just When We Thought It Was Safe to Sleep Inside

Chloe Lyttle | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK
Chloe Lyttle

I came to Kathmandu 10 days ago, as part of All Hands Volunteers Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART). We were responding to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that happened on April 25. Only 17 days later, as our team were out in the field clearing rubble in the village of Bungamati, a second earthquake shook the city and surrounding districts...

Looking Beyond the Earthquake: How Will Nepal Survive This Natural Disaster With One of the Weakest Health Systems in the World?

Fay Hoyland | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Fay Hoyland

During my visit, our plane had to circle in the sky above Kathmandu for hours whilst we struggled to land due to the morning fog and we experienced hours of standstill traffic as we tried to navigate our way through the city slums.

Nepal Earthquake: Sending Shockwaves Through My Family

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

It took two very anxious hours to make contact with my family. It was my 24 year old nephew who rang to inform me that my immediate family were all safe. As I was speaking to him on the phone there was an aftershock, which was very strong. I could hear in his voice how incredibly scared and afraid he was and I tried to reassure him from thousands of miles away.

A Foundation for Disasters?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

The Sendai Declaration may not be what people hoped for. It was, however, an agreement made by UN member states which, despite cynicism, means something. I believe the Sendai Declaration created a foundation and a meaningful if incomplete agreement is more of a foundation than a rejected solution.

Troubled Waters in Kashmir

Rita Pal | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

In 2010, a little known report predicted the catastrophic 2014 Kashmir floods. Greater Kashmir wrote wrote "Highly placed sources in the state gover...

Rising Tide of Humanitarian Crises Demand More Than Aid

Mark Goldring | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

This is not just a humanitarian imperative; it is in all our interests to act. In the globalised 21st Century conflicts are not easily contained by borders. As the Stern Review made clear, tackling climate change will ultimately be cheaper than allowing it to proceed unchecked. But it is the human cost of these crises, the children of Gaza, the homeless Philippines and the South Sudanese families who do not know where their next meal is coming from that really demand our action. The UK public have shown they are up to the task; it is time for world leaders to do likewise.

Why Do We Ignore Disability in International Development?

James Thornberry | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Thornberry

Today the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, made a speech in support of foreign aid. He defended Government spending in this area and reaffirmed the ...

Khalsa Aid's Humanitarian Relief in Somerset Shows a Glimpse of a Future Post-Racial Britain

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Politics
Claudia Tomlinson

Whilst the British Government has been immobilised by indecision, and confusion about its strategic response to the winter floods, Somerset has been left to drown. Large parts of the UK have been submerged under flood waters for months. No. 10 has failed to act as people in the region watch helplessly as their homes, businesses, cattle and crop become subsumed by contaminated water.

Disaster in Haiti - Four Years On

Mike Baker | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

The world looked on in horror as a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. More than 200,000 people were killed in the capital alone, along with countless thousands of animals, including beloved pets and vitally important livestock. Just 72 hours later, the WSPA, rushed to aid the animals of the devastated nation...

Philippines - The Spirit of Renewal

Toby Porter | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

It has been a tremendous experience - haunting and inspiring in equal measure. We are at the one-mile mark of a long and challenging marathon which we must plan and implement well, while also being accountable and creative.

Typhoon Haiyan Creates a Scene of Desolation for People and Animals

Mike Baker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

The Philippines is no stranger to deadly storms, but the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan stands apart. Described as the world's most powerful storm on record, it has already cost the lives of thousands of people and undoubtedly countless animals on which they rely.

Sudanese Youth Lead Storm Relief Efforts as Entire Neighbourhoods Collapse

Yousra Elbagir | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Yousra Elbagir

Dahabbaya Idris and her two young children share a single room in her mother's home in Al-Hilla Al-Jadeeda, a suburb of Omdurman, Sudan. Just a few houses down lies the rubble that was once her home, a mud house which completely disintegrated under the force of the heavy rains that have plagued Sudan over the last month...

Japan Tsunami: Recovery Faces the Test of Survivors' Mind

Davinder Kumar | Posted 09.05.2012 | UK
Davinder Kumar

The last few days I have spent scouring the tsunami-devastated coastline of Japan's north-east. From Ishinomaki to Onagawa, Shichigahama to Kesennuma, the landscape has been drastically altered as Japan presses on with the world's costliest disaster recovery till date.

Aid Workers are the Common Face of Humanity

Davinder Kumar | Posted 18.10.2011 | UK
Davinder Kumar

They are out there, always, often the first people to reach. You have seen them feed malnourished children and starving people in the Horn of Africa.