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More Aid Reaches Homs In Syria; U.N. Urged To Act On Humanitarian Resolution

News outlets report on ongoing efforts to reach a humanitarian resolution on Syria, as well as efforts to evacuate people from the besieged city of Homs. New York Times: U.N. Security Council Urged to Act on Humanitarian Aid to Syria “The hard-won humanitarian cease-fire in the Syrian city of Homs…

Despite Ceasefire In South Sudan, Fighting Continues, Challenges Aid Delivery

New York Times: Reports of South Sudan Fighting, Despite Pact, Prompt Worry and Warnings “The ranks of displaced people have swelled to nearly 900,000, close to a tenth of the entire population. Humanitarian groups warn that millions could go hungry if fields remain unplowed before the coming rainy season. Aid…

Humanitarian Resolution In Syria Must Be Reached To Save Civilians

The Guardian: Syria: save the civilians “…If humanitarian access could be extended to other cities and towns [in Syria other than Homs], we might be able to speak of a real improvement at a time when, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the pro-opposition monitoring group, Syrians are…

Fighting In South Sudan Contributes To Country’s Food Insecurity

News outlets examine how fighting in South Sudan is contributing to food insecurity in the country. Foreign Policy: South Sudan’s Coming Famine “…[A] fresh round of fighting, which erupted over the weekend between government forces and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, further erodes the prospects for peace…

Congress To Address Influx Of Central American Children, Adults Into U.S.

Inter Press Service: U.S. Urged to Put Development Aid over Border Security “…Many potential solutions have been tabled as to how the federal government should handle the unprecedented influx [of tens of thousands of Central American children and adults that continue to cross the U.S. southern border]. Yet these strategies,…

Militant Attacks Inhibit Aid Work In Northern Cameroon

IRIN: Attacks curb aid work in north Cameroon “An escalation of attacks by Nigerian radical Islamist Boko Haram militia is restricting aid operations in the Far North Region of Cameroon where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought safety, say aid workers…” (8/15).

Cholera Outbreak Fears Mount After Flooding In Nepal

Agence France-Presse: Nepal floods kill 101 as cholera fears mount “The death toll from landslides and flooding in Nepal has risen to 101 after rescuers found four more bodies, officials said Monday, as they battled to prevent a cholera outbreak…” (8/18).

Aid Agencies Stretched To Limits By Simultaneous Humanitarian Crises

NPR: World’s Aid Agencies Stretched To Their Limits By Simultaneous Crises “For the first time, the United Nations is handling four major humanitarian crises at once: refugee crises in Syria and Iraq as well as civil wars in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, where millions are at risk…

2013 Most Dangerous Year For Humanitarian Workers, Study Says

To mark World Humanitarian Day, The Guardian reports on a recently released study on the plight of humanitarian workers and profiles 10 aid workers. The Guardian: Deaths of humanitarian aid workers reach record high “Last year was the most dangerous on record for humanitarian workers, with 155 killed, 171 seriously…

Humanitarian Crisis Continues In Iraq, U.N. Says

News outlets report on developments on the humanitarian crisis and military action in Iraq. Agence France-Presse: Pope calls for U.N. rather than U.S. action in Iraq “Pope Francis called Monday for collective action through the United Nations to ‘stop unjust aggression’ in Iraq, in an implicit criticism of unilateral U.S.…