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October 24, 2014 | Marcy Hersh | Tagged as: Congress, DR Congo, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Women & Children
This is the horrendous reality of life in eastern DRC. Rebel groups enjoy complete impunity in their vicious attacks on civilians. The central government seems unable or unwilling to deliver even the most basic services to the population. And in a country the size of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River, with fewer miles of paved road than Maryland, it is extremely expensive for international aid agencies to routinely serve rural territories like Masisi.
October 23, 2014 | Jeff Crisp

Tanzania has just taken the remarkable step of offering citizenship to some 200,000 Burundian refugees, many of whom had fled from their homeland in 1972. Accommodated in three settlements in western Tanzania, the Burundians disprove many of the myths surrounding refugees. They live harmoniously with their neighbors. They are self-reliant. They pay taxes. And in addition to their own food, they produce tobacco and coffee for export, thereby contributing to the economy of their host county.

October 21, 2014 | Michael Boyce | Tagged as: Africa, Congress, DR Congo, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Women & Children

Five months ago, I visited a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The people living there first arrived in 2012 and 2013, having fled from armed groups who destroyed villages and killed civilians. By the time RI visited in May, donor governments had cut their financial support so drastically that only 27 percent of camp residents were getting food assistance. Fast forward to today, and I am sad to say the situation of IDPs living around Goma has not improved.

October 20, 2014 | Daryl Grisgraber | Tagged as: Congress, Iraq, Syria, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Protection & Security
In the center of Erbil, northern Iraq, just next to a highway overpass, we met Yezin and his family – refugees from the fighting in neighboring Syria. He and his family of seventeen are now living in an abandoned construction lot in Erbil, where it has been hard for humanitarian agencies to find and help them. There used to be eighteen of them, but a 3-month-old baby died last winter because the family couldn’t find adequate shelter from the cold.
October 14, 2014 | Sarnata Reynolds | Tagged as: Congress, Myanmar, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security
When I met Amir two years ago in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, he had just graduated with a degree in Physics from Sittwe University. He was a fluent English speaker and planned to pursue a career as an engineer. When I returned to Myanmar last month, I met Amir again. He is now living in a camp for internally displaced people outside Sittwe – one of more than 1 million Rohingya who are living in apartheid-like conditions across Rakhine State. He is not allowed to leave the camp, he does not have a job, and he does not know what will happen to him.