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Food Aid Being Used As Weapon In Syria, NPR Reports

NPR’s “Morning Edition” examines how food aid is being used in Syria “as a weapon to control the population in both government and rebel territory.” “The civil war in Syria has left millions of people dependent on food aid,” but “delivering that aid to rebel-held areas is an enormous challenge,”…

U.N., E.U. Officials Call For More Humanitarian Action In Syria

Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on Monday spoke to the U.N. General Assembly and “urged the international community to demand a diplomatic solution to the 2 1/2-year conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people,” the Associated Press reports. “He said 4.5 million…

International Community Must Draw Attention To ‘Forgotten Crisis’ In CAR

In a Guardian opinion piece, Kristalina Georgieva, European commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response, examines the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and reflects on the lack of attention being paid to the situation in the international media. “The ferocity of the fighting and the fall of…

Report Examines Declines, Advancements Among World’s Poorest Communities

“Despite global efforts to provide development aid, the world’s poorest are getting poorer, says a new report by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD),” Inter Press Service reports. “Several factors beyond the control of poor communities, such as government corruption, natural disasters and economic barriers, have exacerbated or displaced…

GlobalPost Examines U.S. Spending In Haiti Since 2010 Earthquake

GlobalPost: Four years after the Haiti earthquake, what have billions in U.S. aid bought? “In the four years since Haiti’s disastrous earthquake, the United States has promised $3.6 billion in aid, at least $2.8 billion of which has already been spent. Has it helped? GlobalPost examined more than one dozen…

U.N. Concerned Over Malnutrition In Syria; Ban Calls Situation ‘Heart-breaking’

Two articles report on the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit with Syrian refugees and concerns over malnutrition. Reuters: U.N. feeds record 3.8 million in Syria but concerned by malnutrition “The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) delivered rations to a record 3.8 million people in…

State Department Video Highlights U.S. Official’s Trip To Visit Syrian Refugees In Iraq

Writing in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, Christine Getzler-Vaughan, a program officer in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, presents a video of recent travel by Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard, who “recently returned from a trip to Erbil, Iraq, where she…

USAID Official Speaks About U.S. Response To Typhoon Haiyan In Philippines

USAID’s “IMPACTblog” presents remarks made by USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Greg Beck at a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies conference on the U.S. response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. “…The government of the Philippines has been building their capacity and their ability to respond quickly…

Blog Examines U.S. Government Attention To South Sudan

Beth Schwanke, senior policy counsel at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy” blog about recent congressional discussion regarding South Sudan. “…Ongoing congressional attention to South Sudan, including the House Foreign Affairs’ Committee’s hearing Wednesday, as well as once the current crisis has…

Donors Pledge $2.4B In Humanitarian Aid For Syrians; U.N. Says $6.5B Needed

News outlets report on the outcome of a one-day donor pledging conference for humanitarian relief efforts in Syria and neighboring countries. Agence France-Presse/Khaleej Times: Donors pledge nearly $1.3 billion at Syria meeting “Donors meeting in Kuwait on Wednesday [by midday] pledged nearly $1.3 billion in humanitarian aid for victims of…