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Somalia Facing New Threat Of Famine Amid Violence

Reuters: Three years after Somali famine, new hunger crisis looms “…The United Nations said this month more than a million people in this war-ravaged country were struggling to meet daily nutritional needs. The roughly 130,000 people displaced from their homes this year alone are bearing the brunt of the crisis…”…

Podcast Interview Discusses Impacts Of Development Aid On Health Care Infrastructures

Humanosphere: How the aid and development industry helped cause Africa’s Ebola outbreak In a podcast, Humanosphere correspondent Gabe Spitzer speaks with medical anthropologist James Pfeiffer, who discusses “how Western agencies devoted to reducing global poverty like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank imposed policies on these countries (sometimes…

France To Establish Military Hospital In West Africa To Treat Ebola Patients

Reuters: France to set up military hospital to fight Ebola in West Africa “France will set up a military hospital in West Africa in the coming days as part of France’s contribution to the fight against the Ebola outbreak there, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday…” (9/18).

Ebola Impacting Local Economies In Sierra Leone, Liberia

News outlets report on Ebola’s economic impacts in Sierra Leone and Liberia. IRIN: Ebola’s economic impact hits Sierra Leone citizens “As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown residents to gauge how the crisis…

Obama Announces New Aid To Ukraine, Including $7M For Humanitarian Assistance

The Hill: Obama to offer $53M in new aid to Ukraine “President Obama will announce a new $53 million aid package on Thursday as he meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office. The package includes $7 million for international relief organizations providing humanitarian aid to civilians impacted…

Efforts To Protect Syrian Women, Girls From Sexual Exploitation Failing, IRC Report Says

The Guardian: Women and girls ‘failed’ by international response in Syria “Commitments to protect Syrian women and girls from sexual abuse, exploitation, and early marriage have not been backed by practical action, which has had devastating consequences, according to a report published on Thursday. The report published by the International…

U.N. Warns Of Food Shortage For Syrians Due To Lack Of Funds

News outlets report on the U.N.’s warning on Thursday that it is running out of funds for food programs in Syria, potentially affecting nearly six million Syrians. Associated Press: U.N. warns of food shortages for Syrians “The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to…

Blog Posts Discuss Impacts Of Ebola In West Africa

Several blog posts address the social and economic impacts of the Ebola outbreak on West Africa. ONE blog: Ebola’s economic side effects may kill more people than the virus Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, writes, “We need to understand Ebola’s deadly economic and social side effects –…

Aid Workers, Groups Say Growing Number Of Humanitarian Crises Overwhelming Resources

Bloomberg News: Aid Workers Battle Ebola and Bullets as Crises Multiply “…As President Barack Obama [Tuesday] said the U.S. will send 3,000 troops to fight the Ebola outbreak, humanitarians say they’re juggling a record onslaught of crises from Africa to Syria that have stretched their resources and their ability to…