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.
September 24, 2008 | Megan Fowler | Tagged as: Myanmar
In the surprisingly orderly offices of an international aid agency in Burma, Dr. Thant Zin Myint (name changed to protect his identity) took a brief break from the relief and recovery work for communities afflicted by Cyclone Nargis.