Blog Posts by Mark Yarnell

July 11, 2014 Mark Yarnell Africa, Kenya, Somalia, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

Four months ago, the Kenyan government launched a major crackdown against Somali refugees living in urban areas that involved mass arrests, extortion, and even deportations back to Somalia. This week, my colleague, Alice Thomas, and I are traveling to Kenya to assess the deteriorating situation for those refugees.

May 28, 2014 Mark Yarnell Africa, South Sudan, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children

Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution that revises the mandate for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Mission will now focus on four key tasks: protection of civilians; monitoring and investigating human rights; creating the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance; and supporting the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

May 22, 2014 Mark Yarnell Africa, Congress, South Sudan, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children

Since fighting broke out in South Sudan last December between government troops, who support President Salva Kiir, and forces loyal to the former Vice-President, Riek Machar, more than a million people have been forced from their homes. The UN estimates that a staggering $1.8 billion is needed to fund the response to the crisis through 2014, of which only 30% had been secured by mid-May.

March 23, 2014 Mark Yarnell Africa, Central African Republic, Congress, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

As one drives around the devastated town of Bossangoa in northwest Central African Republic (CAR), it immediately becomes clear how the implosion of this country is being felt by ordinary citizens.

Bossangoa is the ancestral home of CAR’s former president, François Bozizé. The local population faced brutal attacks by the Seleka rebel group when they launched an offensive that brought down Bozizé in March 2013. 

March 04, 2014 Mark Yarnell Africa, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

My colleague, Dara McLeod, and I are about to begin a mission to two neighboring countries in the center of Africa that are experiencing full-scale humanitarian crises: the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan. Fighting inside each country has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.