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· January, 2009

Stories about Humanitarian Response from January, 2009

Rohingya Muslims facing cultural genocide

Prof. Marranci writes that Rohingya Muslims are “victims of their lack of strategic value, both for their native Southeast Asia and the wider international community.” The Rohingyas are also “facing...

Tajikistan: Electricity rationing returns

Seemingly a shock to some, Vadim reports upon why electricity rationing in Tajikistan has returned, as well as why it has only just been noticed by the media.

Ethiopia: What a Difference Water Makes

At the end of last year, five families decided that visiting Ethiopia with their daughters would be the best way for them to see what their donations to provide fresh,...

Jamaica, Zimbabwe: Hunger Strike

“Do people in Jamaica and the Caribbean care enough about events in Zimbabwe to lend their help to this call for moral action?”: Annie Paul has a friend who is...

Ethiopia: The Boy Without Arms

Are you ready to help Aschelew, “the boy without arms“?: Several years ago Aschelew was depressed over his parents’ AIDS, and his family chained him up to keep him from...

Kenya: Can You Help?

Kenya Community Initiative Support is looking for your help to improve the lives of children at Twiga. They need, among other things, gardening tools, spades, forks, hoes, rakes.

Ukraine: Medical Center for Street Children

Scenes from the Sidewalk posts pictures and writes about the only medical center in Kyiv “where street children can get medical attention without documents”: “Many At-Risk Children or street children...

Trinidad & Tobago, U.K., Israel, Palestine: Objectivity?

In response to the BBC's decision not to broadcast an appeal for funds for Gaza, Notes from Port of Spain says: “Someone, somewhere, has been leaning heavily on this famously...

Tajikistan: Earthquake rumor

Vadim reports that the recent rumor about the possible powerful earthquake in Tajikistan made thousands of people throughout the country to leave their homes and spend the freezing night in...

Philippines: The root cause of the flooding

In the Philippines, media reports have cited weeks of heavy rain brought by a cold front as the immediate cause of the massive flooding and landslides. Some Filipino bloggers have...

Serbia: 250 Dogs

A Yankee-in-Belgrade introduces Katja, a woman who “lives on a strip of land about 12 x 80 meters (approx. 39 x 263 feet) outside of Belgrade with over 250 dogs...

Taiwan: Joyful Tibetan, finally

dino.utopia, a citizen journalist from Peopo, published a video clip of a party about how exile Tibetans in Taiwan use dances and musics to thank everyone who had helped them...

Palestine: “In Gaza, only the dead have seen the end of this war”

The people of Gaza are discovering the extent of the destruction inflicted during three weeks of Israeli attacks, and are slowly starting to rebuild their lives. Some bloggers are wondering...

Myanmar: Cyclone recovery will take four years

According to a UN agency, recovery and reconstruction efforts in the cyclone-ravaged areas of Myanmar will take four years. Last May 2008, a deadly cyclone hit Myanmar.

China: victims of Sichuan earthquake

The victims of the Sichuan 5.12 earthquake are suffering from the chilly winter. A local official says the lowest temperature in the earthquake zone can be 21.1 degrees below zero...

Iran: A song for Gaza

Several Iranian bloggers wrote about Michael Heart's “we will not go down tonight“, a song for Gaza.

China: Does the government still concern about the “kidney stone babies”?

The coverage of the tainted milk scandal in China has been gradually faded away from the mass media with the bankruptcy of Sanlu company. In December 2008, the Chinese government...

Queen Rania of Jordan on Gaza: “Hell on Earth”

Jordanian blogger Ali Dahmash links to this video featuring Queen Rania appealing for aid towards the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) operating in war torn Gaza.

Palestine: Assessing the Aftermath in Gaza

On Sunday evening the Israel Defense Forces began a troop withdrawal from Gaza, following three straight weeks of attacks. Israel's unilateral ceasefire was announced earlier in the day, and met...

Israel: IDF Operating a Moral War in Gaza?

Bloggers have been defending the IDF which has been highly criticized for operating an unjust war in Gaza. Many choose to highlight facts which are not necessarily presented in mainstream...

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