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Stories about Humanitarian Response

15 November 2018

Bangladesh's now-postponed repatriation would have turned the plight of Rohingya refugees from bad to worse

"How can repatriation still be an objective, when all the evidence shows that these cyclical influxes into Bangladesh are rooted in Myanmar's persecution and denial of citizenship to Rohingya?"

6 November 2018

Eastern Ghouta's displaced residents are stuck between a rock and a hard place

The Bridge

The displaced masses of Ghouta arrive in northern Syria tired, broken and burdened by unbearable memories and the pressure to begin their migratory lives with difficult choices.

24 October 2018

Burundi clamps down on international NGOs and rejects human rights criticisms

In September, the National Security Council announced all NGOs – except in hospitals and schools – were suspended for three months from October 1, and mining companies for one month.

19 October 2018

Serbian authorities clamp down on a health charity after it exposed state negligence

The methods of pressure against Serbian civil society organizations bear resemblance to those used by governments in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular in neighboring Hungary and Macedonia.

24 September 2018

As xenophobic policies sweep Central and Eastern Europe, refugee aid is criminalized

While the numbers of refugees entering Europe decrease, political hysteria against them, and civil society organizations that help them in Central and Eastern Europeis on the rise.

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."

15 August 2018

The ongoing water crisis in Iran's Ahwaz region looming towards disaster

"Why don’t the authorities listen to our voices? Our Buffaloes are dying because of the river drying up. [...] If these animals are starved, we will starve too."

5 July 2018

First comprehensive study on child abuse in Madagascar points to alarming level of violence

89% of children report having suffered from domestic abuse at least once and 30% of minors in the island have had a child.

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?"

2 July 2018

In the face of nation-wide violent deaths, Nigerians seek a better deal

"We are gravely concerned about the rising spate of killings across the country, especially the communal clashes between farmers and herders and attacks by bandits across at least 17 states."

27 June 2018

Did Syrians really have a choice? Final days in Ghouta: Caught between an immediate death and a delayed one

"Should we leave the land of our childhood? How can I take my wife and kids from a dark reality to an unknown one? Many questions and no definitive answers."

20 March 2018

From Sydney Biennale Installations to Film Screenings, Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees

"How do we go from a darkness where we have dehumanized refugees and militarized responses, to one where we reclaim a shared human identity?"

6 March 2018

Is France Finally Facing up to Its Homelessness Problem?

"I'm #SDF [no fixed abode] but I'm also a human being and full citizen...I have the right to protest about situations which disgust me"

4 March 2018

‘May It Be a Quick Death!’ The Testimony of East Ghouta Dentist Aous Al Mubarak

The Bridge

"It is difficult for me to describe the exhaustion, the disaster and the horrors, and their cumulative effect over the past seven years..."

3 March 2018

10,000 Belgians March for Migrants’ Rights in Brussels

Demonstrators are protesting a proposed law that grants police the right to raid homes in their search for undocumented people, something they fear is becoming all too common.

27 February 2018

Who Is Responsible for the Avalanche of Garbage That Killed 16 in Mozambique?

"Maybe now that the worst has happened, the authorities will alert themselves to the urgent need of closing the Hulene waste disposal site."

31 January 2018

Spanish Activist Helena Maleno's Trial in Morocco Is ‘a Way to Intimidate’ Human Rights Defenders, Her Supporters Say

Helena Maleno is accused of participating in a human trafficking network for her work assisting migrants who run into trouble during the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe.

29 January 2018

Who Is Responsible for Ending Sexual Violence in Somalia?

Although the rape issue has attracted attention from the Somali government, sexual violence against women and children remains rampant and the number of assault cases continues to grow.

25 January 2018

Rejected by Australia and Condemned to Detention in Indonesia, Refugees Protest Life in Limbo

The Bridge

"Australian NGOs have denounced this 'Indonesian Solution', arguing that their government is paying Jakarta “hundreds of millions of dollars to detain and warehouse asylum seekers."

23 January 2018

In Indonesian Papua, Dozens of Children Have Died From Measles and Chickenpox While Awaiting Medical Care

"Does anyone want to go there and get real data about their condition? And why do we only now say this is a problem?"

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