Humanitarian Aid

Thirty Years Ago, a News Video Shocked the World - Here's What We Learned About Famine Since Then

Hans Zomer | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On 23 October, it will be exactly 30 years since a BBC report alerted the world to a famine in Ethiopia. Michael Buerk's harrowing reports for BBC...

The Solution to 'Humanitarian Trips'

Aloïs Angebault | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aloïs Angebault

Our partnership with Nuaké is sustainable, we have a relationship based on trust -few similar projects can claim the same- and I think we both benefited and gained a lot from this experience...

Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect State

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.

South Sudan's Leaders Must Do More to End Crisis

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

While the eyes of the world rightly look towards global crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine and West Africa, there is a serious and worsening humanitarian disaster almost going unnoticed in South Sudan. It is deeply saddening to see a country that was once so full of hope for the future, now embroiled in such a painful and destructive war with itself. When I first visited South Sudan less than two years ago I was struck by the optimism and hope that filled the air but today it is an entirely different story.

Despair in the Desert - In One of Iraq's Deadliest Places

Zaid al-Rawni | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Zaid al-Rawni

In the school I sat with Sherman Haj, a woman of around 40 who looked at least 10 years older. She had arrived at the school with her two youngest children nearly two weeks previously. Sherman Haj was still grappling with the sudden shock of how her life had been torn apart.

Humanitarian Heroes: Important to Us All

Michael Møller | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK
Michael Møller

Across the world, there are 108 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, with more people displaced by violence than ever before. These people have had their lives torn apart by war and natural disaster, and many are starving and in dire need of shelters and medical assistance. Most of them are women and children.

Aid Workers Could Secure Better Protection Under the Protection of Civilians Mandate

Camilla Barker | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Barker

When two aid workers were shot dead in Afghanistan last month, the world's media focused its attention on the dangers of 21st century humanitarianism and the challenges that assistance agencies face in protecting their personnel.

Iraq - Urgent Action Needed to Stop Slaughter and Time to Face Up to the Big Picture Too

Richard Burden | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in and around Northern Iraq and the international community has been too slow to respond to it. We cannot turn the clock back on that but it is vital that international efforts are ramped up. I therefore support UK participation in those efforts, and through our role in the United Nations and other organisations, we should urgently identify what more can be done.

First Airdrop Of UK Humanitarian Aid Arrives In Iraq

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK

An RAF transport aircraft has made the first airdrop of British humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq, the Government has co...

The Securitisation of the Charity Sector

Dr Hany El-Banna OBE | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE

When that space is claimed and tainted by perceived security interests and the engagement with certain actors has more to do with the fear of legal retribution back home than any tangible threat from individuals or groups, the sector has surrendered to the political and interests of our governments, not of universal humanitarian principles.

Let Us Not Overlook the Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq

Mike Adamson | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Mike Adamson

It is not our role to discuss how best to bring peace, but it is up to us to address the impact of the conflict on civilians and their humanitarian needs. The need to scale up assistance is great and urgent. Access will become increasingly difficult in some areas - already aid agencies have to negotiate to reach people in need on a daily basis. More supplies are desperately needed in order to support ever-growing numbers of displaced people. Iraqi Red Crescent and ICRC volunteers and staff must be able to deliver assistance safely. Let there be no doubt that the crisis in Iraq has developed into a humanitarian one - and that addressing it is what the term humanitarian means.

Jessica Elgot

As Old As Their Country, These South Sudan Children Only Know A Life Of War And Hunger

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

For these six children, who are the same age as their country, their short lives have been fraught with violence, hunger and sickness. Three years ...

Young People Need to End World Hunger But We Have to Work Together

Ayrton Cable | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Ayrton Cable

I find it hard to believe that today around half the food we produce is thrown away, while people like Mapangano are hungry. I think this is unfair and we need to solve this. Young people have the ambition, creativity and energy to find a solution but we need to talk and we need to work together.

Despite War and Famine, Young People in South Sudan Have Not Given Up

Mary Suat | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Mary Suat

When I was born, 18 years ago, my country did not exist. Sudan and South Sudan were all one big nation, the largest in Africa, but already there was always fighting between the south and the rest. My family left our home in Akobo state, one of the most violent areas and moved to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, which was much safer.

Sexual Violence in Conflict: Roha's Story

Cat Carter | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

23 years old, Roha is softly spoken, but firm in her opinions. I'd sat with her to talk about the impact of a recent conflict on her and her family, but the conversation quickly became much darker...

Climate-Proofing Kenya: From Trees to Technology

Dr. Abbas Gullet | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Dr. Abbas Gullet

The countries that will bear the brunt of climate change aren't waiting for others to get their acts together and cut emissions. We don't have that luxury because we're already living with the effects.

The Truth About Foreign Aid

Holly Alsop | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Holly Alsop

The aid and development sectors work hard to promote and maintain an air of importance and legitimacy, but there are some hard truths that we need to face if the industry is to grow and address the huge challenges we, as a global community, continue to come up against - climate change and the increased frequency of natural disasters, unhindered economic growth causing environmental and social deterioration and the rise of political fundamentalism, just to name a few.

When Will the Crisis in Syria End?

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

When will the bloodshed of innocent civilians in Syria come to an end? Why should innocent Syrian civilians have to pay the price for violence that has been prevalent in the country since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad? The humanitarian crisis in Syria is at its worst as civilians are being left without basic human needs due to limited funds.

Fragile States: Boosting Community Systems for an Effective Health Response

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

Consider for a moment some of the countries currently making the news and the challenges that lie ahead in rebuilding infrastructures and services disrupted by internal conflict, chronic violence and protracted crisis: the Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan...

As the Emergency Response Teams Leave, the British Red Cross Is Stepping Up Its Long-Term Recovery Efforts

Sir Nick Young | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

This week, the British Red Cross is launching a long-term recovery programme in the Philippines as the disaster-prone country continues to recover from super-storm Haiyan and braces itself for the onslaught of this year's typhoon season. But as we mark six months since the typhoon hit, many organisations specialising in emergency response are leaving and the levels of support have dwindled, even though the needs remain immense.

The UK and Syria: Turning Anger and Passivity Into Constructive Action

Harry Shotton | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Shotton

The focus on policing those who are emotionally affected by the situation in Syria does not deal with the crisis in hand. People have the right to be angry, and should be angry at the sheer death and destruction being wreaked on Syria by the regime...

Generation Nutrition - If We Act Now, We Can End Child Deaths From Hunger in Our Lifetime

Glen Tarman | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Glen Tarman

We know that if we can make governments change the way they set their priorities, children's lives will be saved. We need to ensure that the issue of acute malnutrition doesn't only hit the headlines when natural disasters strike or when war erupts.

In 25 Years as an Aid Worker I Have Never Witnessed This

Judy Leigh-Moore | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Judy Leigh-Moore

I have been an aid worker for over 25 years. In that time I've witnessed and experienced events and horrors that are beyond most people's imaginations. But I don't think I have ever felt the mixture of emotions that hit me recently as I boarded a tiny plane to take me out of the city of Malakal in South Sudan, back to the relative safety of the capital Juba.

Afghanistan: Humanitarian Needs Remain Great

Sir John Holmes | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Afghanistan is entering a new phase after the Afghan people went to the polls with so much enthusiasm a few days ago. Whatever the result of the election, with NATO troops continuing their withdrawal, it is clear that the burden of responsibility for the country now rests with the Afghans themselves. However, it is vital that the international community do not lose interest, and that western governments in particular do not now consider their responsibility to the Afghan people to be over.

Syria: Where Is Our Outrage and Why Does It Matter That It's Missing?

Cat Carter | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

Aid workers work in some tough places. Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central African Republic, Syria...the list goes on. It can be a difficult life - faced with daily tragedy on a massive scale, far from family and friends for months on end, unchanging stodgy and irregular food, limited clean water.