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African Nations Form G5 To Strengthen Development, Security In Sahel Region

Reuters: African nations form G5 to work on Sahel security, development “The leaders of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Burkina Faso agreed on Sunday to create a regional organization to strengthen cooperation on development and security in the Sahel region…” (Prieur, 2/16).

WHO Taking Steps To Address Health System Failure In CAR

The WHO last week announced it is taking steps to address the devastated health care system in Central African Republic, news outlets report. VOA News: CAR’s Shattered Health System Needs Urgent Repair “The World Health Organization reports the Central African Republic’s shattered health system is in desperate need of repair.…

Humanitarian Aid, Development Both Essential For Crisis Response

U.N. News Centre: Aid, development must converge in responding to crises — U.N. reports “The rising scale of needs, a collective inability to resolve protracted crises, and the interplay of new factors such as climate change, are making it harder for governments and aid workers to effectively respond to humanitarian…

Global Community Must Address Nations’ Fragility In Order To Eradicate Poverty

“…The mutually reinforcing relationship between fragility and armed conflict creates circumstances that perpetuate extreme poverty. … To eradicate extreme poverty in the next 20 years and fulfill the commitment made by President Obama, together, our collective development efforts must result in accountable, legitimate, inclusive democracies that can ultimately sustain our…

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…

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…

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…

U.N. Continues Humanitarian Aid Efforts In CAR

News outlets report on ongoing U.N. humanitarian aid operations in Central African Republic (CAR). Agence France-Presse: U.N. starts food airlift to restive Central Africa “The U.N. food agency on Wednesday launched one of its largest-ever emergency food airlifts, flying in aliments to the Central African Republic…” (2/12). U.N. News Centre:…

Finding Resolution On Syria Proving Difficult For International Community

News outlets report that Russia is denouncing a U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria and peace talks between the government and opposition forces have stalled. The Hill’s “Global Affairs”: Russia ‘starving civilians’ in Syria, Obama says “President Obama said Tuesday that Russia was complicit in starving civilians in Syria in blunt…

New York Times Publishes Editorial, Commentary On Humanitarian Efforts In Syria

The New York Times features an editorial and a commentary on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in conflict-ridden Syria. New York Times: The Message From Homs “In the last four days, at least 800 people — mostly women, children and the elderly — have been evacuated from Homs, one of Syria’s…