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International Community Should Prioritize Family Planning In Refugee Settings

Writing in The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” Lizzy Berryman, head of emergencies for Merlin, examines why “family planning [is] seldom prioritized in refugee settings,” noting, “Family planning remains a low-cost way of reducing pregnancy-related deaths, and one that women have told us they need time and again. But conflict-affected settings…

Advocates, Humanitarian Workers Discuss South Sudan At White House Event

“In response to the political crisis in South Sudan and the deeply troubling violence in Jonglei state, the White House [on Wednesday] hosted [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] and advocacy groups to discuss the situation and confer on how the United States — in concert with partners and allies around the world…

Rape, Sexual Violence Continue In Darfur As Crisis Turns 10

“We’re at the 10-year-anniversary of the beginning of the genocide in Darfur, yet, instead of subsiding, it has been amplified this year,” columnist Nicholas Kristof writes in his New York Times column. “Darfur isn’t in the headlines anymore, partly because there has been a lull in the killing in recent…

U.N. Agencies Continue To Deliver Humanitarian Aid In Syria Despite Violence

“While violence continues unabated in many parts of Syria, United Nations agencies are working to deliver humanitarian assistance, in spite of difficult security conditions and restricted access to various areas, a spokesperson for the world body said [Friday],” the U.N. News Centre reports. According to the news service, “the World…

Humanitarian Groups Continue Assistance To North Korea Despite Sanctions, Report Says

“International humanitarian groups are continuing their assistance to North Korea despite sanctions imposed on the North for its nuclear test early this year, a report said Wednesday,” Yonhap News Agency reports. “North Korea was slapped with tougher U.N. sanctions earlier this year for conducting a satellite launch in December and…

U.N. Appeals For Additional $8.6B In 2013 For Humanitarian Aid

“Nearly $13 billion is needed this year — about a third of that amount for Syria and its neighboring countries — to provide aid to 73 million people, the top United Nations humanitarian official said” on Wednesday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “That’s an extra $8.6 billion to raise by…

GlobalPost Blog Examines How Civil War In CAR Affecting Child Health

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog reports on how civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR) is affecting the public health system, leading to higher rates of child malnutrition and malaria. Citing a report (.pdf) from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the blog writes, “During the first quarter of 2013, MSF treated 33…

E.U. To Increase Humanitarian Aid To CAR

“The European Union is to increase its aid to Central African Republic [CAR] to tackle a humanitarian crisis gripping the impoverished nation since rebels seized power in March,” Reuters reports. “Kristalina Georgieva, the E.U. commissioner responsible for international cooperation and humanitarian aid, said on Thursday Europe would provide an additional…