May 11, 2015
| Mark Yarnell
| Tagged as: Africa, Central African Republic, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security
There are now approximately 450,000 internally displaced persons
in the Central African Republic. Several tens of thousands are concentrated around town and city
centers like Bambari, Batangafo, and the capital Bangui, but the
majority has fled into the bush and is inaccessible by aid workers.
Additionally, the United Nations estimates that 2.7 million people
throughout the country, nearly half the population of CAR, are in need
of humanitarian assistance.
April 30, 2015
| Tagged as: Kenya, Somalia
It’s a sunny morning in the city of Nairobi. I am greeted on a busy street by my friend, Fatima*. Fatima tells me about the difficulty she has had since I was last in Nairobi a year ago. She is a refugee from Somalia. She and her mother fled Somalia in 2009 after an attack by the Al Shabab terrorist organization. Her father was killed and her brothers were ‘lost’. She and her mother arrived in the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya, but her mother did not live long after their arrival. On her own at the age of 14, Fatima, like many young unaccompanied women, chose to come to Nairobi.
April 24, 2015
| Alice Thomas
| Tagged as: Climate Displacement, United Nations
year, millions of people across the globe are forced to flee disasters,
primarily floods, storms, and other acute, weather-related events. As
the effects of global climate change continue to unfold, more extreme
weather, growing food insecurity, and other drivers of displacement will
April 22, 2015
| Daryl Grisgraber
| Tagged as: Congress, Syria, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response
“There is nowhere to bury people in Aleppo anymore. The public gardens are all full of bodies.” A
Syrian doctor told my colleague and me this when
we met him in Turkey a few weeks ago. He described his life in a Syrian
village during the months before he fled. He stayed as long as he could
to help with the enormous medical needs, but in the end, the targeting
of hospitals, doctors, and patients finally forced him to leave.