Stories about Disaster from February, 2015
The Political Violence in Bangladesh Is Claiming Too Many Lives
I close the windows of my car, and think of buying a fire extinguisher. [Then], if a bomb is thrown inside my car, I'd be able to douse the fire.
Why Did Egyptians Tie and Behead a Dog as Onlookers Watched?
News of the public "slaughtering" of a dog in Cairo as onlookers watched has sent shock waves around the world, with many questioning how people have become this violent.
ISIS Destroys 3,000-Year-Old Sculptures at a Museum in Mosul, Iraq
Armed with sledgehammers, drills and pickaxes, militants belonging to the ISIS are videotaped destroying 3,000-year-old ancient artefacts in a museum in Mosul, in Northern Iraq.
Australians Shake Up Internet With Indigenous #MotherLanguage Tweets
Australians joined people from around the world for International Mother Language Day by tweeting in indigenous languages.
ISIS Burns Mosul Library in Iraq, Destroys Thousands of Valuable Manuscripts and Books
While reports on the attack on Mosul Library have just made the headlines, UNESCO says attacks on libraries, museums and universities have been going on for several months.
Unlawful Deals by 5 Biggest Ebola Contractors in Sierra Leone
Five companies are said to have misappropriated funds for fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone: Here are the 5 companies who were awarded the biggest contracts to provide goods and services to Sierra Leone’s ebola response as listed in the Ebola Funds Audit Report covering the period from May – October...
A Passenger Ferry Capsizes in Bangladesh. Again.
On Sunday noon a passenger ferry reportedly packed with more than 100 passengers was hit by a cargo vessel 40 kilometres northwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital. It subsequently sank. A rescue vessel located the capsized vessel and attempted to pull it up. According to reports 37 bodies have been found...
Suffocating Sandstorms Hit Iran
Arseh Sevom speaks to environmental researcher Sam Khosravi to discuss the origin and solution of the sandstorms plaguing Iran.
Were Taiwanese Media Too Quick to Deem Doomed TransAsia Pilots Heroes?
Some netizens thought Taiwanese media coverage of the TransAsia plane crash, which killed at least 40 people, was too sensational.
Guinean Bloggers Aren’t Satisfied With Government’s Handling of Ebola Epidemic
"In the fight against the disease, it is clear that the approach taken by the authorities has been haphazard and there has been a lack of communication from the beginning."
Who Killed the Zamalek Football Fans in Egypt if it Wasn't the Police?
Photographs shared by netizens on social media show the police shooting at the spectators, who were crowded behind metal barricades.
Niger Youth Defiant Following Boko Haram Attack in Bosso and Bombing in Diffa
For the first time, Boko Haram conducted an assault on Niger's territory and the youth of Niger will not stand for it. Boko Haram assaulted Bosso and Diffa, two towns in southeast Niger at the border with Nigeria but was repelled by Niger and Chad's army. Boko Haram lost an...
Boko Haram Kills at Least 81 Civilians in Fotokol, Northern Cameroon
On February 4, Boko Haram conducted a particularly gruesome attack on the town of Fotokol in Northern Cameroon, right across the Nigerian border. Hundred of civilians are feared dead, 81 confirmed so far by the Minister of Defense. Local Human Rights Organization believes that close to 370 civilians were killed....
The Flood of the Half-Century — and You Probably Haven't Heard About It
The flooding has displaced nearly 200,000 people in Malawi, destroyed crops and brought fears of disease. In a region already prone to flooding, the future may hold even worse.
Massive Fire Hits Treasured Moscow Library
According to radio station Echo of Moscow, roughly 15 percent of the library's total collection, including rare Slavic texts dating back to the 16th century, is no more.