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Conflict Linked To Water Management, Food Security

News outlets examine the links between conflict and water management, and between conflict and food security. IIP Digital: Effective Water Management Can Prevent Conflict, USAID Says “Countries with unreliable supplies of water are more vulnerable to conflict, according to a new report from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).…

Violence Grips South Sudan; Aid Groups Struggle To Provide Assistance

News outlets report on continuing violence in South Sudan, where humanitarian aid groups are struggling to provide assistance amid the destruction of hospitals and other facilities. Associated Press/ABC News: Scenes of Death in South Sudan: ‘No Humanity Here’ “…Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both government and rebel forces are…

With Unprecedented Simultaneous Crises, Time To Reassess Humanitarian Aid Goals

The Guardian: It’s time to reassess the goals of humanitarian aid David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee and former U.K. foreign secretary “For the first time the U.N. has declared three simultaneous crises — in South Sudan, Syria and the Philippines — as level 3, the highest…

Bomb Targets Pakistan Polio Team, Kills At Least 11

News outlets report on the latest series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse: Three bomb blasts targeting Pakistan polio team kill 12 “Twelve people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s restive northwest exploded Saturday, officials said, in…

Food Crisis Set To Worsen In CAR, U.N. Official Warns

News outlets discuss the challenges that U.N. agencies face in delivering food to conflict-torn Central African Republic. Agence France-Presse: Food crisis looms in strife-torn Central Africa: U.N. “A food crisis is looming in the Central African Republic after nearly a year of inter-religious violence, a U.N. humanitarian official warned Sunday…”…

Long-Term Impact Of Food Vouchers ‘Remains To Be Seen’

The Economist: Giving generously “…Last year, the WFP helped to feed over 90 million people in 80 different countries. But the way it distributes food relief has been changing. … Economists now see the next great challenge for the international community as reducing the negative consequences of malnutrition rather than…

U.N. Increasingly Concerned About Humanitarian Situation For Children In CAR, South Sudan

Media outlets discuss U.N. humanitarian efforts to help children in the Central African Republic and South Sudan crises. Reuters: U.N. says C. Africa, S. Sudan refugees ‘in poor shape,’ children hardest hit “People fleeing conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan are growing increasingly sick and hungry with children…

Polio Vaccination Efforts Prove Challenging Along Afghanistan-Pakistan Border

Agence France-Presse: Polio’s last stand on the Afghan-Pakistan border “About 1.3 million oral vaccinations are administered every year to children at the Torkham Gate crossing, the focal point of an intense global campaign to eradicate polio by 2018. But Afghanistan and Pakistan — two of the three remaining ‘endemic’ polio…

Aid Groups Warn Northern Mali Still Needs Humanitarian, Food Aid

IRIN: Emerging from crisis, Mali braces for hunger “As Mali slowly emerges from its 2012 political crisis and the Islamist insurgency in the north, the new government and its partners are focusing on long-term development. But aid groups warn that there are humanitarian needs that must be addressed immediately, particularly…