Author Archives: Humanosphere

U.N. peacekeepers dismissed from South Sudan for failing to protect civilians

Amid renewed violence in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations has admitted that it bungled a February peacekeeping mission there in which 30 people died. As U.N. forces create a security cordon to protect 10,000 people in the region, the U.N. has dismissed staff responsible for the slow response in February. The U.N.

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Colombia’s FARC deal marks a step toward peace, but violence is far from over

The bilateral cease-fire announced Thursday by the Colombian government and the country’s largest rebel group, the FARC, marks a significant step forward in reducing violence in the country; but it doesn’t necessarily mean the five-decade-old conflict is over, and it doesn’t mean Colombia has been made any safer overnight. The cease-fire will begin with the

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News in the Humanosphere: Hotel attack in Somalia leaves 11 dead

A junior minister was among 11 people killed in an attack by al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabab militants on a hotel in the Somali capital, the foreign ministry said Sunday. The body of Buri Mohamed Hamza, minister of state in the prime minister’s office for the environment, has been retrieved from the collapsed building of the Naasa Hablood

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News in the Humanosphere: Historic peace between Colombia and FARC rebels

A ceasefire between FARC and the Colombian government has been signed, ending 50 years of warfare. “‘May this be the last day of the war,’” said FARC chief Timoleón “Timochenko” Jiménez, his voice choked with tears. “We are close to a final peace accord,” he said, after shaking hands with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos

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Congo almost runs out of yellow fever vaccine amid epidemic

By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) — Democratic Republic of the Congo has almost run out of yellow fever vaccine in Kinshasa, in the same week that the government declared an epidemic of the disease in the packed capital and two other provinces. Some local people have complained they were denied immunization due to the shortage,

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Interactive videos make it easier – and cheaper – to train aid workers in the field

Before the internet was as globally accessible as it is today, many aid workers in lower-income countries were, in some ways, off the map. Now, more of the world has web access (although the majority still don’t), and aid workers in the field can more easily access critical information that saves time, money and lives.

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Brexit causes value of U.K. foreign aid to drop by $1.4 billion

The value of the British pound dropped 10 percent in the wake of the news that the U.K. voted to leave the European Union last night. It reverberated globally causing markets to decline by the start of morning trading in the U.S. There are too many losers to count as a result of the vote, but

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Early learning gets a paltry 1% of international education aid

The first is the last when it comes to funding for education. Only 1.15 percent of official development assistance directed at education goes to support pre-primary learning – a small sum considering less than 8 percent of all official development assistance goes to education. Donors are not helping as governments try to meet the Sustainable

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News in the Humanosphere: Brexit could impact global development spending

Aid projects are on hold, careers are in limbo and new contracts are on the line as Britain votes on June 23 whether to leave or remain within the European Union. The so-called Brexit referendum will have an enormous impact on European aid priorities. And from there, the impacts will ripple across the development industry

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U.S. diplomat talks with Maduro amid Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis

A senior U.S. diplomat has been meeting with Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro and his opposition this week to renew talks between the normally hostile governments and help prevent a humanitarian disaster in the recession-racked nation. Thomas Shannon, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, met Tuesday with several leading opposition figures, and on Wednesday

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Brexit: Tough questions remain even after the votes are tallied

LONDON — As people across the United Kingdom cast their votes to either Remain or Leave, the U.K.’s position as a leader in global development hangs in the balance. Whether the U.K. stays in the EU or not, tough questions remain on how to deal with immigration and poverty in a globalized world. In an

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More activists being killed in their fight for the environment

Last year was the deadliest yet for activists seeking to protect their land, forests and rivers from destructive industries like mining, logging and dams, according to a report released Monday by Global Witness. The report, “On Dangerous Ground,” uncovered 185 deaths from news reports and public records – a death about every other day –

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Niger: Aid groups struggle to locate and support people displaced by Boko Haram

More than one out of every three people in Niger’s Diffa region have been forced to leave their homes as attacks carried out by Boko Haram have spilled over from neighboring Nigeria. Aid groups and the U.N. say more people are fleeing, but humanitarian resources are not keeping up with the increased need. At the

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News in the Humanosphere: Former Congolese politician sentenced for war crimes by international…

Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba was sentenced to 18 years in prison by the International Criminal Court on Tuesday for heading a 2002-03 campaign of rape and murder in neighboring Central African Republic. Bemba, a former Democratic Republic of Congo vice-president, is the first person that the global war crimes court has held directly responsible for

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