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Britain Launches Plan To Fight Use Of Rape As Weapon Of War In DRC

On a trip to Goma, “in the violent south-eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC],” British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the U.K.’s plan to help tackle rape as a weapon of war, “announcing £180 million [$272 million] in new funding for the DRC health system, some…

Opinion Pieces Recognize World Water Day 2013

World Water Day is recognized on March 22 to raise awareness of water and sanitation issues worldwide. This year also marks the International Year of Water Cooperation, according to the World Water Day website (3/22). The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding access to safe water and sanitation services. Barbara Frost,…

IRIN Examines Impact Of Drone Warfare On Humanitarian Aid

“In places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, strikes by unmanned planes are increasingly affecting humanitarian operations, aid workers say, necessitating a greater discussion by humanitarians on how to deal with the impact and a greater focus by U.S. policymakers on how to mitigate it,” IRIN reports in an article examining how drone…

Humanitarian Situation Worsening In Syria, U.N., U.S. Officials Tell Senate

“The top United Nations refugee official has warned that Syria’s worsening humanitarian crisis risks overwhelming the international community’s capacity to respond, and that some aid agencies could run out of money for relief activities as early as the end of this month,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Speaking to U.S. senators…

U.S. Continues To Respond To Syrian Crisis

Noting “[t]he two-year anniversary of the Syria uprising coincides with another dark milestone: over one million refugees have fled Syria,” Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, “This escalating crisis … is challenging all of us to do more.…

U.N. Official Says North Korea Needs External Assistance To Ensure Food, Health Security

“The well-being of millions of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) still depends on external assistance, a United Nations humanitarian official said [Friday], warning that without aid, their health and food security would be seriously compromised,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Desiree Jongsma, the U.N. resident coordinator…

Developing Countries Making Gains In Life Expectancy, Education, Other Markers, Human Development Index Says

The U.N. Development Programme on Thursday in Mexico City launched the Human Development Index 2013, which “combines measures of life expectancy, literacy, school enrollment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The report (.pdf), titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World,” “emphasizes the unprecedented…

UNICEF Report Warns Syrian Conflict Creating ‘Lost Generation’ Of Children

“The escalating Syrian conflict risks creating a ‘lost generation’ of millions of children suffering physical and psychological consequences of the war, UNICEF warned in a report [.pdf] released Tuesday,” the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the newspaper, the report states, “In Syria, children have been exposed to grave human rights violations, including killing and…