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U.N. Releases Annual Report On Children, Armed Conflict

In its annual report on children and armed conflict, the U.N. “says thousands of children have been killed, injured, tortured or recruited into militias and armies in the past year as a result of armed conflicts,” noting “progress in some states, but a worsening situation in others, such as Mali,…

People Of CAR Remain Cut Off From Health Services 2 Months After Rebel Coup

“Rebels and bandits in Central African Republic (CAR) have ransacked clinics and forced medical staff to flee, leaving tens of thousands of children at risk as the rainy season approaches, an international health charity has warned,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Two thirds of CAR’s population — 3.2 million people –…

British PM Cameron Lists Major Issues To Be Addressed At G8 Summit

Noting “Britain is hosting this year’s G8 summit, which gets underway next week (June 17-18) in Northern Ireland,” VOA News reports, “Prime Minister David Cameron has listed the major issues he wants leaders to tackle when they gather at the Lough Erne resort.” The news service notes G8 Research Center…

Haiti Faces Food Shortages As Hurricane Season Begins, WFP Says

“Poverty-stricken Haiti faces a new crisis amid fears of a poor harvest as hurricane season looms in the Caribbean nation, the World Food Programme [WFP] warned Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports. “Launching an appeal for $17.2 million, Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the U.N. food agency, said 1.5 million people in Haiti…

More Flexibility Needed In U.S. Food Aid System

“While far more aid is still needed in Syria and [for] the refugees in neighboring countries, the U.S. government has been able to pursue a flexible approach in the country that better responds to needs on the ground,” Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, and Raymond Offenheiser, president…

President Obama Names Susan Rice, Samantha Power To Major National Security Posts

“President Obama named Susan E. Rice and Samantha Power to major national security posts on Wednesday, promoting two outspoken voices for humanitarian intervention on a foreign policy team known for its deep caution in dealing with conflicts abroad,” the New York Times reports (Landler, 6/5). “Susan E. Rice, whom Obama…

Disease Outbreaks In Syria ‘Inevitable,’ WHO Warns

“Outbreaks of hepatitis, typhoid, cholera or dysentery are ‘inevitable’ in Syria and its neighbors this summer, while cases of measles and other infections are already growing because of the country’s broken health system and increasing numbers of displaced people, the [WHO] has warned,” The Guardian reports (Meikle, 6/4). “Almost 4.25…

Linking Food Security, Global Health Programming

“[H]unger and food security programs are essential to address the root causes of malnutrition and poverty, … [and] those of us working in global health must programmatically link up with food programs to achieve our vision of a healthier world,” Karen Blyth, director for East Africa programs at IntraHealth, writes…

Opinion Pieces Address Maritime Aspects Of Proposed Food Aid Program Reforms

The following opinion pieces address food aid program reforms proposed by the Obama administration in its FY 2014 budget request. Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Nick Rahall (D-W.V.), U.S. News & World Report: “[T]he Obama administration recently proposed restructuring the food aid program as primarily a cash voucher…