October 03, 2008 | Camilla Olson | Tagged as: Uganda
October 1st was the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, which this year called for a “Convention on the Rights of Older People.” In displacement situations, the elderly have particular needs that are often forgotten, which made me think back on my recent mission to Uganda.
October 03, 2008 | Patrick Duplat | Tagged as: Africa, Somalia, Yemen, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises
Refugees International visited Yemen in February 2008 to assess the humanitarian situation of Somali refugees. In Aden, a former British colonial port located on the mouth of the Red Sea, we went to visit the Basatin neighborhood. Basatin means garden in Arabic, but is anything but. It’s a destitute area on the outskirts of Aden where thousands of Somalis have regrouped in small mud and brick houses with tin roofs.
October 01, 2008 | Vanessa Parra | Tagged as: AFRICOM
Today marks the launch of AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command that was created to consolidate and coordinate U.S. Security programs in Africa, but which could also lead to a greater militarization of aid on the continent.
September 29, 2008 | Maureen Lynch | Tagged as: Kuwait, Statelessness
Along a quiet city street in Jahra, some 50 kilometers west of Kuwait City, the father of a young and growing family glanced quickly over his shoulder to see whether anyone is observing our conversation. “I’m afraid,” he told me. Mohammed and his wife are bidun, stateless people.