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· October, 2009

Stories about Humanitarian Response from October, 2009

25 October 2009

Japan: Latest survey on poverty destroys the prosperity myth

One Japanese in six is living in poverty says the latest Welfare Ministry report [en]. According to OECD figures [en], Japan has one of the highest poverty rates in the...

Philippines: Relief Goods Rotting in Government Warehouses

24 October 2009

Pregnancy and Prisons: Women's Health and Rights Behind Bars

Conversations for a Better World

It is still a struggle to ensure human rights for pregnant women worldwide, and it seems that in the process, pregnant women in prison are many times overlooked. What have...

20 October 2009

ICT4D: When mobile phones link with computers

The Future of ICT for Development

In the second of three posts, we ask: How are new technologies changing the field of ICT4D? Will linking computers to portable phones benefit human development in the developing world?

15 October 2009

Somalia: Is government recruiting young Kenyans for war?

Conversations for a Better World

This is the first wrap up of Somali blogs in 2009. Yes, it's been more than a year since I took leave a long leave from blogging but now I'm...

13 October 2009

Arab-American Blogger Leila Abu-Saba Mourned

Lebanese-American blogger Leila Abu-Saba has died after a long battle with cancer. Bloggers who have interacted with her over the years recall her merits and endless quest for peace.

8 October 2009

Kenya: Waiting for El Niño

Kenyans are waiting for the El Niño rains anticipated between now and December with mixed feelings. Although in it's ‘moderate' form El Niño is expected to displace at least 100,000...

Kyrgyzstan: UNESCO against fountains in Osh

Kyrgyzstan: Gypsies community

Bangladesh: Fair Trade Empowers Indigenous People

7 October 2009

China: Stopping people's grievances from visiting Beijing

The letter and visit petition system (xinfang) is an administrative system for hearing complaints and grievances from individuals in China. The state and local bureaus of letters and visits are...

3 October 2009

Indonesia: Thousands still trapped under rubble

More than 3,000 people are still trapped under rubble days after a 7.6-magnitude quake struck Indonesia. Indonesian bloggers are reacting to the latest earthquake disaster which killed at least 1,000...

2 October 2009

Typhoon Ketsana batters Southeast Asia

Typhoon Ketsana struck several Southeast Asian countries leaving hundreds dead and millions homeless. It triggered the worst flooding in the Philippines which affected 3 million people as of this writing....

Indonesia: Post quake death toll worsens

The earthquake death toll in Indonesia surged past 1,000 while thousands more are feared dead or missing. Indonesian microbloggers are using the internet to help in the relief and rescue...

1 October 2009

Philippines: 2.5 million persons affected by flooding

The number of flood casualties continues to rise in the Philippines: Almost 300 dead bodies. More than half a million individuals living in evacuation centers. And at least 2.5 million...