Humanitarian Aid

Famines Are Man-Made. We Have The Power To Prevent Them.

Mark Goldring | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mark Goldring

Last week, Oxfam chartered a small plane and distributed beans, rice and oil in Panyijar in South Sudan. This was very much a last resort - not least because of the expense - but it was the only way to reach these communities and keep them alive.

Volunteering Abroad Renews Your Sense Of Pride And Faith In The NHS

Manish Raval | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Manish Raval

I'm an anaesthetist and volunteer for blindness prevention charity Orbis. We operate the Flying Eye Hospital, which is a teaching facility with both a...

Somalia Is On The Brink Of Another Catastrophic Famine, But Where Is The Urgent Response?

Awo Tarabi | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK
Awo Tarabi

Somalis all over are looking for ways to send aid back home, turning to traditional tribal networks to seek out those most in need. With images of starving children with sunken cheeks and hollow eyes circulating the Somali diaspora community, the pressure to act now is critical. We cannot stand by and wait for another 260,000 lives to be lost and only then realise, we could have done something. But by then, once again, it would be too little, too late. The time to act is now.

Top 5 Humanitarian Women

Frontier | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Frontier

Feminism and humanitarianism are intrinsically linked, both working towards the welfare and fair treatment of all. Here are five women whose humanitarian work has paved the way toward an equal global society.

This Is A Worsening Humanitarian Crisis That Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Mike Adamson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Mike Adamson

Severe hunger that threatens lives is spreading across parts of Africa. Chronically and silently, a food crisis has been growing which the UN says now means that 20million people are facing deadly hunger. It hasn't happened in a day, it won't be solved in one, but it desperately needs the world's focus to save those lives.

From Poverty To Profits: A Widow's Story Of Opportunities Seized And Futures Secured

Larissa Schneider | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Larissa Schneider

The lowest point came when her children dropped out of school, their time dominated with the need to forage for wild cabbage to keep the family from s...

Syria: Getting Ready For The Long-Term

George Graham | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
George Graham

As Syrian refugees endure their sixth bitter winter since this dreadful war began we must redouble our efforts to give them hope for a warmer, brighter future.

Terrible Events Of 2016 Show We Are All In This Together

Richard Corbett | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Richard Corbett

We need change that builds, rather than destroys. That means controlling arms supplies as the Arms Trade Treaty already requires governments to do. It means offering a refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution, as the Refugee Convention has for decades prescribed. We must also develop a Global Compact on Migration, to protect migrants, so often as vulnerable as refugees, and to manage migration for the benefit of all. If the terrible events of 2016 are not to be repeated, the calls for change to make the world more secure and inclusive must be heard and acted on. Nadi's experience may seem a million miles away from ours but we share the same thread of laws and norms that are supposed to keep us safe. Ultimately we are all in this together.

"Without Your Help We Will Die": Why The People Of Mosul Need Our Help

Melanie Ward | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Melanie Ward

"All of my friends have been killed," Abdullah* tells me. I'm in Khazer Camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), 30 km east of Mosul in Iraq. Abd...

We Are Ready To Help The People Of Aleppo, But Protection Of Civilians And Aid Workers Is Vital

Mike Adamson | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

As I write this, I have just been given the devastating news that Yasser Lakmoush, a SARC volunteer from Idlib, has tragically been killed while undertaking humanitarian work. Poignantly, before his death, he tried to illustrate the emotions of being a frontline first aider in this crisis: "the feeling you have when you save somebody cannot be described, it is a matter of life or death."

Christmas Crises, Humanitarian Disasters, And Hope

Johan Eldebo | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Sometimes I struggle with Christmas. It is that time of the year when there is an expectation to be happy. And yet when I look out the window, there ...

Drought In Zimbabwe: Getting Cash For Food Into People's Hands

Laurie Lee | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK
Laurie Lee

East and Southern Africa is suffering a terrible drought as a result of El Nino. Zimbabwe is one of the most badly affected countries with an estimate...

In-tray For The New President: Saving Yemen

Keith Vaz | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

As we entered November, the people of the Western world were thinking of Hilary Clinton's emails, Donald Trump's surge in the polls and possibly even Christmas presents. Meanwhile, the people of Hodeida, Yemen were drinking seawater and eating grass to stay alive.

A Cinderella Story: Education For Syrian Refugees In Southern Turkey

Jeyda Yelkalan | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Jeyda Yelkalan

For the first time in four years, nine-year-old Aysha is attending school and dreaming of becoming a doctor, but it was not long ago that the young Sy...

Iraq's Chance For Peace

Khalid Al-Alusi | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Khalid Al-Alusi

The humanitarian needs in Iraq are huge but not insurmountable. Together Iraqis can help each other to recover and rebuild. But we must continue to promote this unity, and lead by example. Only then will Iraq once again become a beacon of hope and prosperity.

Comprehending Chaos: Humanitarian Aid In Mali

Johan Eldebo | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Humanitarian aid is usually most needed in some of the most difficult places on the planet. These are places that lack what we take for granted such as water, food and safety but instead have plenty of conflict, food insecurity and disease. If you are a child in a place like that life is difficult, often far too short and full of terrible choices.

Why Should We Give Strangers Our Money?

Georga Cottle | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Georga Cottle

So in the words of Ronald Reagan 'We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone'. This is quite possibly the most exciting adventure yet for Molly and I, and I can't wait to see it develop.

I Was Humbled By The Humility Of The Syrian Refugees

Jeyda Yelkalan | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Jeyda Yelkalan

Imagine you are in the home of a refugee, discussing the horrors they have lived through, when they serve you the only food they have as a sign of honour. What would you do?

The Other Side Of The Mosul Operation: How Do You Help One Million People Who Need Food, Water And Shelter?

Mike Adamson | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

Over recent weeks and months we've seen attacks on civilian targets such as hospitals and aid convoys in Syria and Yemen. We appeal to all parties to respect the basic principles of international humanitarian law - precaution, protection and distinction of civilians. Everything must be done to allow the safe and unimpeded access to any humanitarian organisation working to protect and assist the people fleeing Mosul.

Haiti: Five Things To Remember When Battling A Monster Storm And Its Fallout

Unni Krishnan | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

We can't stop storms or earthquakes. But we can stop disasters turning into crises. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, here is a list of five key things to remember during the relief and recovery effort in Haiti.

Poverty Fixation Will Not Solve Global Turmoil - Increasing Opportunity Is Key

Simon O'Connell | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

With this knowledge, and with courage and honesty, we must build on the rhetoric of the New York meeting to identify practical solutions. In today's globalised world, where instability in one place can affect stability in another, we must find ways for all individuals to access opportunity, so they can contribute and achieve irrespective of where they were born.

This Is Not The First Attack On Aid Workers In Syria - But It Must Be The Last

Mike Adamson | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

Volunteers are not collateral damage. They are not acceptable targets when a ceasefire ends. Ceasefire or no, the rules of international humanitarian law still apply. Safe access must mean safe access. Guarantees given by fighting parties must be honoured. This recent attack has horrified people across the world. It has also denied 78,000 people of much-needed aid. These attacks cannot and must not continue. We call for all aid workers to be respected and protected. This, sadly, may not be the first time aid workers have been attacked. But it should be - it must be - the last.

Freelancing In Aleppo, Pro Bono

Natasha Freidus | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

Last week when a U.S presidential candidate asked "What is Aleppo?" in response to a question about his policy plans for Syria, I was just as disguste...

The Senseless Death Of Children Is Not Something We Can Ignore

Alex Panayides | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Alex Panayides

Just over a year ago you will have seen a photograph of the lifeless body of Alan Kurdi on an Aegean beach. It was said that the photograph "shook the world", but more than 3,000 more people have died, or are missing, in the Mediterranean this year alone. We, and our politicians, might disagree about many things but we should all agree that the senseless death of children - on any scale - is not something that we can ignore.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Celebrating The Humanitarian Spirit At The Rio Olympics And Onwards

Unni Krishnan | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In wars and disaster zones, a simple explanation is that humanity is a force that advances the idea of life, with dignity. To strengthen the idea of humanity for people caught in conflicts, epidemics and disasters, we could borrow some ideas from the Olympic motto: Citius (faster), Altius (higher) and Fortius (stronger).