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Stories about Humanitarian Response

Earth Defenders Toolkit launched to help communities navigate digital tools for defending environmental rights

Launched in July 2021, the toolkit aims to enable grassroots environmental protection communities to find and use the resources most helpful to them without seeding their dependence on external support.

Alleviating hunger in Bangladesh during Covid-19 restrictions

The Covid-19 restrictions in Bangladesh have impacted the livelihoods of people who earn daily wages and several citizen-driven aid efforts are ensuring that the hungry get fed.

Bulgaria's COVID-hit farmers struggle under media negligence and insufficient state support

Having been left out of media's coverage and politicians' interest for decades, many farmers are left to fend for themselves, as aid packages offered by the state are limited.

Using Clubhouse to counter Beijing-imposed amnesia: An interview with Ai Weiwei

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei continues to fight political censorship in China by using art, sound and social media to maintain the memory of the school victims of the 2008 Sichuan...

Community pantries inspire hope amid pandemic and economic crisis in the Philippines

In a span of less than three weeks, around 800 community pantries have been set up nationwide to help those in need amidst worsening COVID-hit economy, sparking government backlash.

Heavy rains worsen the effects of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ La Soufrière volcano

As the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season draws closer, the country has been experiencing heavy bouts of rainfall, which have contributed to the creation of lahars, or destructive volcanic mudflows.

The Canary Islands face tensions over migrants’ arrival

Since January 2020, more than 23,000 migrants have arrived on the Canary Islands.

Harnessing the power of social media, Indian netizens support one another during the second wave of COVID-19

As India's healthcare system reels under mounting cases of COVID-19, citizens rally the power of social media to help one another and keep hope alive.

Syrian humanitarian aid: It’s time to shift from assistance to long-term sustainable programs

The US and its allies refuse to engage in reconstruction that may end up benefiting the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Nepal’s progressive COVID-19 vaccine campaign plagued by ‘infodemic’

"Even doctors and nurses were reluctant to inoculate themselves. Failure to communicate, allay concerns about side effects, and ensure access in remote areas were the main blocks to better coverage."

Despite attacks and threats, a Brazilian priest distributes aid to São Paulo's growing homeless population

A symbol of the struggle for rights for vulnerable people, Father Júlio Lancellotti's been sued by President Bolsonaro and has suffered attacks from a conservative candidate in São Paulo.

COVID Christmas: Was it truly like no other?

For our world and the faiths we have, hasn't this Christmas been like all others—painful, often sordid, sometimes deadly?

Rwandan governance during the pandemic: A time for introspection

Months after the implementation of the lockdown order, the Rwandan government has been mute over citizens' demand for food relief support. Is it time to reconsider its governance model?

Nepal's Sapana Roka Magar, who provides Hindu funeral rites for unclaimed bodies, listed in BBC's 100 Women of 2020

With COVID-19 disproportionally affecting homeless people in Nepalese cities, Sapana's work became vital to this vulnerable population, who are so often deprived of dignified funerals.

Student protests in Philippine universities hit government for bungled Typhoon disaster response

"We halt our classes and academic work to amplify our call for justice and for the ouster of Duterte."

Trinidad & Tobago deports Venezuelan women and children as matter of ‘national security’

The deportation of 16 Venezuelan minors and nine women shortly before they were supposed to have a habeas corpus hearing has prompted energetic debate in Trinidad and Tobago.

As typhoon causes floods in the Philippines, cellphone ‘load’ becomes disaster relief

Mobile phones are a reliable way for families to exchange information during disasters in the Philippines when power and communication services break down by strong winds and flooding.

Freedom in sight for Kaavan, ‘the world's loneliest elephant’

Animal rights activists have long highlighted the poor treatment and handling of the animals in Pakistan zoos.

Understanding pandemic fatigue

As we continue to struggle to maintain safety measures, it is important for us to shift from a culture of blaming to one that supports and leads with kindness.

Hunger-striking surgeon struggles to reform Nepal's inadequate health care system

Activist and former senior surgeon Dr. Govinda KC has begun his 19th hunger strike in protest over Nepal's poor public health care and medical education systems.

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