Humanitarian Aid

Give Peace a Chance - Run With Youth

Ettie Higgins | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Ettie Higgins

The well of pain runs deep in many parts of Africa, and yet it is young people who offer the best chance for true conflict resolution, and lasting peace. Conflict-affected youth are often the most ambitious, the hardest workers. They want back what was taken from them: opportunity. They want an education and they want to earn a livable wage.

MPs Must Grab Chance to Cement UK's Status as Global Leader in Fight Against Poverty

Mark Goldring | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

Friday's Parliamentary vote on Michael Moore's Private Members' Bill is a chance for MPs to reconfirm the UK's status as a global leader in the fight against poverty. I urge them to grasp it. It is surely not too much to ask the UK to continue to give 7p in every £10 of national income to help the world's poorest people...

The Hidden Impacts of Ebola

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

It is vitally important that Ebola in West Africa and its hidden impacts receive the attention they need.

Tacloban: Still the Struggle for Survival

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Hundreds of twinkling candles adorned fishing boats off the shore of Tacloban on Saturday evening (8 November) during a vigil to remember the 6,000 people killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.

Ebola Is Not the 1984 Ethiopian Famine All Over Again

Kevin Noone | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Kevin Noone

As media crews begin to arrive in West Africa, we are urging for there to be no repeat of the Michael Burke film. It was vital and needed at its time, but today, 30 years later, a very different part of the continent may need our help, but the bravery of its first responders also deserves our respect.

South Sudan: Providing Aid in the Outskirts of Nowhere

Johan Eldebo | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Johan Eldebo

In few places in the world can one week include both artillery fire and riding a speedboat down the Nile. South Sudan is one of those contrasts. The view is amazing - an enormous river, lined with greenery, very few buildings and exotic birds fly alongside the boat. There are no hotels, resorts or many people at all.

Reaching Syria's 'Silent Governorate' With Much-Needed Humanitarian Assistance

Razan Rashidi | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

AL-Hasakeh/Damascus, 23 October 2014 - While many of Syria's war-torn cities and governorates are grabbing the headlines, the humanitarian situation in the north-eastern governorate of Al-Hasakeh governorate is largely in the shadows. With a population of 1.5 million people - almost half of them children - much of the governorate has been cut off from humanitarian aid for almost two years...

A Humanitarian Disaster: A Stronger Response Is Urgently Needed to Tackle Ebola in West Africa

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK
Bella Mosselmans

The US and UK have recently made the largest efforts in terms of military deployments and money but many other states are still neglecting their responsibilities. Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, and David Cameron have noted that EU members such as Italy and Spain need to step forward with resources and act now.

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

Hans Zomer | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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 01.12.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 26.10.2014 | 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.