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Stories about Disaster

19 September 2018

Riverbank erosion disaster in Bangladesh leaves thousands homeless

"The devastating erosion of the Padma River is ongoing for the last couple of years, no initiative to build a dam or embankment was taken by the local administration."

22 August 2018

Anatomy of a Trinidad earthquake

The Bridge

"I was silenced, diminished and at the same time in total awe. This was nature and I understood myself to be at the very heart of it."

Water shortages weigh heavy on Afghanistan

The capital Kabul is already thirsty, and its population is set to grow by over a third in the next three decades.

21 August 2018

Netizens flood the internet with support for monsoon victims in Kerala, India

"Kerala is striving together...to overcome the catastrophic flood. However...some are trying to malign this great effort with misinformation in the form of fake messages on social media."

17 August 2018

Kerala floods: Tech-savvy Indian citizens mobilize to minimize the damage

"The spirit of unity, willpower, compassion, and dedication of thousands of volunteers belonging to state and non-state agencies in Kerala are indescribable."

1 August 2018

Death of a 12-year-old boy lays bare the plight of Iran's Ahwazi minority

Meysam's suicide is the latest to afflict the Ahwazi Arab community, a minority population who live in Iran's oil-rich south who face hardship and discrimination by the country's authorities.

12 July 2018

Questions swirl over Japanese government's response to deadly, unprecedented rains

"As unusual weather becomes the new normal, how are we to protect ourselves?"

5 July 2018

Months after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Dominica launches a tree-planting campaign, but is it enough?

"The young farmers and even some of the older heads can't afford fertilizers and chemicals to treat our farms. Why can't the farmers be treated better in this little country?"

26 May 2018

In India, 13 people are killed after police open fire on copper plant protesters

"My Constitution...ensures my right to protest. It ensures my right to life,livelihood,safe and healthy environment. #Thoothukkudi exposes the barbaric assault on these rights."

25 May 2018

Sabika Sheikh, the Pakistani student slain in US school shooting, had wanted to bridge the two countries

"...she said...'I want to learn the American culture and I want America to learn the Pakistan culture and I want us to come together and unite,'" her host mother recalled.

15 May 2018

Will Dominica's new environment minister address post-Hurricane Maria challenges?

"At present, too many people on the island lack information about what they can expect from the recovery programme and [...] begin to make a difference in their lives."

4 April 2018

Diplomatic Storm Strikes When Trinidad and Tobago Refuses Hurricane-Hit Dominica an Ease on OAS Contributions

"I hope the people of Dominica know that not all Trinbagonians are as graceless as this official position might indicate, and this objection makes many of us feel deeply ashamed."

28 March 2018

In the Wake of a Fatal Fire in Russia, Official Numbness and Online Trolling Stoke Outrage

RuNet Echo

The tragic Kemerovo incident exposed not only the Russian officials' numbness to grief and poor crisis management skills, but also the society's susceptibility to online trolling, both state-sponsored and external.

8 March 2018

“You Just Killed Me”: The Internet Meme Defying Angola’s Government

"More than a sharp protest against degrading living conditions of Luanda's slums, 'you just killed me' is also a performance act that fits perfectly into the world of contemporary art".

Thousands Protest on the Streets of Kashmir After Indian Army Kills Four Civilians

"#Kashmir is a place of a billion or more coverups...India had never been interested in human rights or accountability. They are interested in controlling Kashmir by fear."

7 March 2018

Sri Lanka Declares a State of Emergency Following Anti-Muslim Violence

"For 30 years, Sri Lanka, you witnessed the streets running red with the blood of your children. Have you forgotten the loss? The fear? The pain? Have you learned nothing?"

11 February 2018

Mashal Khan Case Verdict Highlights Pakistan’s Blasphemy and Impunity Problem

"One death sentence and five life sentences for a lynching that was filmed? Surely there were more than six people involved."

10 February 2018

The Pashtun Long March Asks for Justice After Years of Ethnic Targeting

Thousands of ethnic Pashtuns from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and elsewhere in Pakistan have staged a sit-in in front of the National Press Club in Islamabad.

31 January 2018

Crowdfunded Rescue Saves French Mountaineer on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, but Her Climbing Partner Is Left Behind

"The Heroes of Nanga parbat Polish climbers who stopped their K2 climb and saved life on killer mountain in the darkness...You showed the world what a human life means"

29 January 2018

Uzbekistan and its Migrants: A Tale of Two Presidents

"People have to look for jobs in other countries because we have not created conditions for them."

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