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Stories about Humanitarian Response

18 April 2017

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

Rising Voices

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

Sri Lanka's Tragic and Totally Avoidable Disaster

Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.

17 April 2017

‘Children Were Dying Everywhere': A Syrian Videographer Recounts the Al Rashideen Explosion That Killed Over 100

Abd Alkader Habak appears in a photo that was widely shared on social media in which he is running with an injured child in his arms. Here is what happened.

12 April 2017

Venezuelan Migrants Face Prejudice and Bureaucracy in Northern Brazil

Economic crisis and food shortages in Venezuela have sparked a wave of migrants into Brazil, which is now struggling to respond and meet humanitarian needs.

31 March 2017

Homeless Filipino Families Occupy 6,000 Vacant Public Housing Units

"Look at those houses, they are idle. The grasses have grown tall, the houses are being invaded by soil. Why don't they let the homeless live there?"

26 March 2017

In A Greek Refugee Camp: A Volunteer's Notebook

The Bridge

"As volunteers, we’re treated as though we’re not part of the story.... But whether we like it or not, we are part of the narrative and influence it, significantly."

19 March 2017

Peruvians Find Strength in Surviving a Merciless March

Since early March, several cities in Peru have struggled with a seemingly endless wave of heavy rains, floods, landslides, road closures, and lately school closures.

19 February 2017

Fleeing the Shells of War, Kachin Civilians Struggle Against Freezing Cold in North Myanmar

Almost 2,000 fled their villages after recent skirmishes between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar army

23 January 2017

“The Human Rights Situation in Burundi Is Deteriorating: We Need a New Approach to Show the World What is Happening”

"Strained relations in Burundi are causing price hikes and making life very difficult for the population. We need an urgent resolution to the Burundi crisis".

17 January 2017

Day of Mourning in Kyrgyzstan After Cargo Plane Crashes, Killing Dozens

The dead are mostly local Kyrgyz from a nearby village, and some of the stories are harrowing.

11 January 2017

In Niger and Worldwide, a Legendary Surgeon and Humanitarian Is Mourned

Jean-Marie Servant, a specialist in reconstructive plastic surgery, a celebrated humanitarian, and a “giant among men,” has died. On social media, his friends are remembering his compassion and genius.

8 January 2017

Conflict in Yemen Takes Heavy Toll on Country's Children

"Hunger is the most dominant thought on Yemenis minds during this period."

6 January 2017

Is the World Ignoring Possible Genocide in Southern Kaduna in Nigeria?

"The level of barbarity was such that pregnant women got their wombs blown out and massacred before their children. And these innocent children were not spared either..."

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

26 December 2016

Argentinian Politician Calls for ‘Denouncing an International Genocide’ in Syria

Argentinian politician Juan Carlos Giordano of the 'Socialist Left' party called on the government of Argentina to cut all diplomatic ties with the Assad regime.

11 December 2016

Bulgarians React Quickly in Solidarity Response to Hitrino Train Tragedy

At least seven people were killed in the blast that followed a rail accident in one of the country's most impoverished regions.

30 November 2016

“The End is Near”. “Remember What We Sacrificed”. Dispatches from Eastern Aleppo.

"I direct my message to Syrian activists [...] I ask them to send out our message that we have sacrificed for and keep on sacrificing."

28 November 2016

Myanmar’s Refugee Returnees Struggle to Build New Lives

“We returned from a refugee camp. We didn’t come back bringing heaps of money. How are we supposed to pay 3 million kyats [US$2,200]?”

27 November 2016

How to Use the Internet to Protect and Pass on Traditions to Malian Youth

Rising Voices

"Our mission is use information technology to preserve and promote Mali’s rich linguistic, material, and immaterial heritage."

23 November 2016

La Francophonie Summit Comes to Madagascar, Where Demonstrators Are Waiting

Madagascar, where the majority of people still live in poverty, has spent vast sums of money to organise a major summit. How much money exactly, nobody knows.

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