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The Outpost That Doesn't Exist in the Country You Can't Locate 20.11.2014 Truthout.com
Admit it. You don’t know where Chad is. You know it’s in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you’d probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here’s a tip. In the future, choose that vast, arid swath of land just below Libya. Who does know where Chad is?  That answer is simpler: the U.S. military.  Recent contracting documents indicate that it’s building something there.  Not a huge facility, not a mini-American town, but a small camp. That the U.S. military is expanding its efforts in Africa shouldn’t be a shock anymore.  For years now, the Pentagon has been increasing its missions there and promoting a mini-basing boom that has left it with a growing collection of outposts sprouting across the northern tier of the continent.  This string of camps is meant to do what more than a decade of counterterrorism efforts, including the training and equipping of local military forces and a variety of ...
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WorldViews: 30 years later, Bob Geldof is still wondering if Africans know it’s Christmas 11.11.2014 Washington Post: World
It's happening again. On Monday, Bob Geldof announced that he was planning to re-record "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for the 30th anniversary of the release of the celebrity-featured song that raised relief funds for the famine in Ethiopia in the early ...
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WorldViews: Can these satellite images save lives? The U.N. thinks so 6.11.2014 Washington Post: World
As new crises erupt around the world and old conflicts smolder, the images that emerge are usually taken by photographers on the ground. But there is another perspective: the view from space. Satellite images can be an accurate and fast way to analyze situations in countries where international aid workers or observers are unable to operate. They can also show dramatic change — such as in places like the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, whose incredible growth over the past two years is shown in the animated photo series ...
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In A Remote Corner Of Sudan, An American Takes His Stand 4.11.2014 NPR News
Ryan Boyette arrived Sudan's Nuba Mountains more than a decade ago has made it his mission to document abuses he says the government carries out with regularity.
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Fear Factor: Ebola and the Politics of Paranoia 2.11.2014 Truthout.com
When he coughed, I flinched. As the train left Jamaica Station, I studied the people with airport luggage. What if one of them has Ebola? The deadly virus has spread through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and was carried by an infected jet passenger to Dallas, where he died. Then, a doctor was diagnosed with it right here in New York. Had it spread? Was it on this train? Shaking my head, I realized that we’re infected with something worse than Ebola. Paranoia is the first symptom of a plague. When news of an infectious disease like Ebola, SARS or swine flu breaks, the risks quickly ignite underlying social fears that themselves become a danger. When the disease passes, carrying off however many or few to an early death, what remains is the bigotry. Today it is West African immigrants, yesterday it was gay men during the HIV panic and hundreds of years ago, during the Black Death of the 14th century, it was Jews. Throughout history, terrified people have hidden behind barricades and turned on ...
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South Sudan: potential crisis looms as nation teeters between war and peace 13.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Aid agencies warn that millions of people already traumatised by conflict could face famine next year if fighting resumes

With the eyes of the world focused on conflict in Syria and Iraq, and the seemingly inexorable spread of Ebola in west Africa, the worlds newest nation stands at a critical juncture.

Aid agencies warn that South Sudan faces a catastrophe unless its leaders can deliver peace to a traumatised people, who have already exhausted their resources trying to stay alive during more than nine months of conflict.

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South Sudan food crisis: children bear brunt of man-made disaster 6.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Despite aid agencies efforts, the worlds newest nation is close to famine as its leaders fight for the spoils of power

Water bottle in hand and rucksack on back, his grey trousers rolled up to reveal spindly legs, 12-year-old Gatwech boarded the first flight of his life. His ear protectors dwarfed his head as he gazed wide-eyed through the window of the Russian-built UN helicopter that lifted into the sky, sweeping over lush plains and thick forests.

Gatwech crossed the invisible frontlines separating government and rebel forces in South Sudans civil war. Finally, the aircraft came in to land on a ringfenced field in the village of Akobo, deep in opposition territory, and the boy strained to look at the excited crowd waiting under trees. He was about to be reunited with his family for the first time after nine arduousmonths in a displacement camp.

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WorldViews: South Sudan wants to kick out foreign aid workers, even as a devastating famine looms 17.9.2014 Washington Post: World

On Tuesday, South Sudanese authorities announced that they are planning to ban foreign workers by Oct. 15 — a move that could also affect foreigners employed by aid agencies. The report comes amid a rapidly deteriorating food security situation in the East African country, which has suffered through months of civil war.

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Isis video claims to show beheading of British hostage David Haines 14.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
  • David Haines, an aid worker, was captured in Syria in 2013
  • David Cameron has called the murder an act of pure evil
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AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic 12.9.2014 AP Top News
GUEN, Central African Republic (AP) -- More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late for thousands....
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Women in South Sudan: They attack us at toilets or where we collect water 11.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Women who fled the fighting to live in camps on UN bases risk harassment and sexual attack whenever they leave their tents

Julie Franciss self-imposed curfew starts when the sun sets. The widowed mother of four has been living at the UN base outside Malakal since December, one of more than 17,000 people who have fled there to escape fighting in South Sudans Upper Nile State capital. But the overcrowded camp is not without its own dangers, especially for women and girls.

Francis can hear drunken teenagers hound women as they make their way around the sites paths. She has seen the holes men have cut through the tarpaulin walls of the showers so they can peep and leer at women. She has comforted rape survivors.

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Migrant crisis hits Europe 10.9.2014 Washington Post: World
Clinging to a plank from the wreckage of his sinking raft, Ali Salib gazed into the cobalt blue of the open Mediterranean and began to speak to the dead. To those who have gone before me, I go now to join ...
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Sudan pushes back against Iran: Cultural centers closed, envoys banished 2.9.2014 Washington Post: World
Sudan pushed back against Iranian reach Tuesday, announcing the closure of Tehran-backed cultural centers and ordering the expulsion of a diplomat and other envoys in an apparent sign of fraying ties after years of close ...
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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That 28.8.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is.
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To South Sudan’s woes, add famine — 50,000 kids at risk of death 24.8.2014 Washington Post: World
MALAKAL, South Sudan — Nyarony Choing is as old as South Sudan. And like the world’s newest nation, she has been to hell and back before her fourth birthday. When civil war broke out eight months ago in Juba, the capital, Nyarony’s mother fled with her three children, eventually winding up in a refugee camp inside the United Nations base in the northern city of Malakal. Every time it rains, which is often these days, the floor of their tent disappears underwater, the thick, cloying mud of the Nile basin mixing with the human excrement that flows freely in the ...
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Children, armed and in uniform, used as soldiers in South Sudan 21.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The U.N.'s top official for children and armed conflicts says the use of child soldiers and violence against children is commonplace in South Sudan's year of warfare.
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Political dialogue key for South Sudan reconciliation: China 20.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Inside the luggage of a humanitarian worker in pictures 19.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
What do aid workers pack when assigned on a mission abroad? Heres a few picks from our recent assignment When humanitarians find themselves in the field, conflict and lack of resources often mean that the contents of their backpacks will be invaluable to getting the job done. As we mark World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday, we asked our community to share a picture of what they pack when assigned on a mission abroad. Heres a few of our picks: This is the contents of my personal MapAction emergency deployment kit. Were expected to be fully self sufficient in the field for five days and be deployed within 24 hours of a major emergency, which means the bag always remains packed. In here I have rations, water purification gear, manuals, tools, first aid kit and a mosquito net. On the way to the airport, everything that isnt needed for a particular mission goes into another bag and is left at the airport. This was last used for a Philippines mission in 2013. On this trip to Uganda, I will photograph ...
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World's Aid Agencies Stretched To Their Limits By Simultaneous Crises 19.8.2014 NPR News
USAID's Nancy Lindborg: "What we have now ... are really complex, difficult crises that are fundamentally the result of non-democratic governments."
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Humanitarian workers deaths reach record high 19.8.2014 Hindu: International
One hundred and fifty-five aid workers were killed in 2013 as attacks on humanitarian workers around the world increased by 66 per cent over those in 2012, according to a report published...
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