Unni Krishnan

Doctor and humanitarian worker. www.unniverse.in

Resilience - A True

Resilience - A True Story

We walk along corridors past men, women and children sleeping on the floor. The storm has blown the roof away from the buildings in the school complex, there are cracks on the walls. One young man steps in to one partly damaged building as people wait anxiously outside.
23/10/2016 16:20 BST
Refugees, Migrants - Or Just

Refugees, Migrants - Or Just Humans?

In these desperate times, the world needs to do more, generating a sense of hope, security and protection - especially for young children, travelling without parents and leaving everything they know behind.
21/12/2015 14:37 GMT
Hope for Syrian Refugee

Hope for Syrian Refugee Children

I ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up. Half raise their hands to be teachers, the rest want to be doctors and engineers. These children are the future. Despite all the challenges, all my visits to the Middle East have been inspiring. As the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish said, "on this land, we have what makes life worth living." The world failed Aylan. Can we help Amal make her life better?
06/10/2015 17:12 BST
Playing Mind Games in

Playing Mind Games in Emergencies

Immediately after a disaster, life-saving aid floods into a country. Yet, while humanitarian workers are adept at dealing with the physical needs, they can miss the invisible needs of disaster survivors - such as mental health and psychosocial support, especially for children.
01/04/2015 11:58 BST
Ebola Outbreak: Next Time, Make It a Different

Ebola Outbreak: Next Time, Make It a Different Story

Speed is an important factor for any successful emergency response: Next time, to outsmart the virus, we need to act fast through quick deployment of equipment, specialists and field hospitals. Speed will play a critical role in writing a different story for the first hundred days - in Africa or elsewhere.
30/03/2015 11:32 BST
Hope in the Time of

Hope in the Time of Ebola?

Only one-quarter of the $1 billion that U.N. agencies have appealed for to tackle Ebola has been funded. In the context of this fast moving crisis, this exposes the lack of genuine commitment to deal with the situation in West Africa that is threatening to become a global crisis.
26/10/2014 18:08 GMT
Money, Peace and Children - Inseparable to Stop a Catastrophe in South

Money, Peace and Children - Inseparable to Stop a Catastrophe in South Sudan

Who said children don't vote? Well, they don't cast their votes by standing in long lines and on ballet papers, but they cast their votes from under-funded relief camps and feeding centres and ill equipped schools and hospitals. Every hungry child is a vote of non-confidence on humanity. I hope the donors don't ignore them.
20/05/2014 12:40 BST
Ebola - Taming a Killer

Ebola - Taming a Killer Virus

Prevention is better than cure- this maxim applies for all disasters, including public health crisis such as an Ebola outbreak...
25/03/2014 14:47 GMT
South Sudan: Give Peace (and Children) a

South Sudan: Give Peace (and Children) a Chance!

In a group of 100 children, singing, playing and some crying, two girls stand out. Their names are Madiha, 9, and Lina, 4. It is not their unusual silence that catches my attention, but the way they frequently hug each other, often involuntarily...
07/03/2014 15:40 GMT
India School Meal Tragedy - Unforgivable, But

India School Meal Tragedy - Unforgivable, But Avoidable

School meal programmes, no doubt, are a lifeline and shock absorber for millions in such situations. This is why the case of children dying in India's eastern state of Bihar as a result of contaminated meals, is such a tragedy.
19/07/2013 14:10 BST