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Health Agencies Warn Of Polio Outbreak In Syria

BBC News: Polio in Syria: An outbreak that threatens the Middle East “As summer approaches, health agencies are warning of the risk of polio spreading across the Middle East from Syria — where now more than 100 children show symptoms of the disease — despite a massive campaign to vaccinate…

U.N. Officials Express Concern Over Humanitarian Crises In Sudan, S. Sudan

News outlets report on the worsening food security and humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: S. Sudan facing major food crisis: U.N. “Millions of people in war-wracked South Sudan are facing a food shortage as the rainy season approaches, a top U.N. official warned Tuesday, denouncing inadequate…

Syrian Government, Rebels Block Aid Delivery In Violation Of U.N. Resolution, Ban Says

News outlets discuss aid delivery in Syria, including a U.N. report from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying the Syrian government and rebels possibly violated a Security Council resolution by blocking assistance. Bloomberg News: Warring Syrian Parties Block Aid Against U.N. Resolution, Ban Says “Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the armed…

Fighting Polio In Syrian Child Refugees

Science Magazine: A War Within a War Syrian refugee children “have witnessed horrors in the course of the war, which has killed an estimated 140,000 people and displaced 8 million or 9 million. … And now they face the threat of polio, which erupted in Syria last October after a…

For First Time, U.N. Convoy From Turkey Carries Aid To Syria

U.N. News Centre: First U.N. humanitarian aid convoy from Turkey sets out for Syria “A United Nations convoy carrying vital humanitarian supplies for hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need in northern Syria is leaving today from Turkey, the first time in the three years of the conflict that…

GOP Leaders In House Aim To Boost Philippines Typhoon Recovery Efforts

The Hill: House looks to boost Philippines typhoon recovery efforts “Republican leaders in the House next week are expected to call up legislation aimed at increasing monetary donations to the Philippines, which last year suffered one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in that region of the world. GOP leaders…

Mental Health Issues Result From Liberia’s 14-Year Civil War

GlobalPost: The lingering wounds of Liberia’s 14-year civil war “In Nimba County, northeastern Liberia, the most visible signs of the country’s 14-year civil war are finally fading. … But the deepest wounds of the conflict are difficult to see and slower to heal. They are the psychological scars of war,…

Better Aid Needed To Prevent Starvation In CAR

Huffington Post: Act Now to Stop Mass Starvation in Central African Republic William Lambers, author and member of the Feeding America Blogger Council “Ertharin Cousin, director of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), is urging the world to help the starving people of the Central African Republic. … For what…

Sexual Violence In Kenya Continues

The Coalition on Violence Against Women writes in The Star that “[s]exual violence in Kenya is commonplace, and the government is derelict in its responsibilities to protect victims, punish perpetrators, and provide redress to victims. … The government repeatedly asserts that its domestic justice system can address these crimes and has taken…