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U.N. Agencies Appeal For Support For More Than 10 Million Facing Hunger In Yemen

“The United Nations on Thursday urged the international community, especially Gulf states, to increase aid to impoverished Yemen, saying that more than 10 million people in the country go hungry,” Agence France-Presse reports. “A Sanaa news conference by U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and World Food Programme [WFP] executive director…

Blog Discusses NTDs’ Impact On G20 Goals

World leaders at the 2013 G20 summit debated the Syrian civil war and chemical attacks in the country, but did not discuss “another crisis that is happening in Syria and around the developing world at large: an epidemic of cutaneous leishmaniasis and other [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)],” the Global Network…

U.S. Should Address Water Shortages That Contributed To Syrian Conflict

“The agreement forged by Russia and the United States over the weekend on Syria’s chemical weapons is good news for diplomacy … But the short-term focus on chemical weapons use risks undermining some much-needed long-term thinking on the issue,” Michael Shank, director of foreign policy at the Friends Committee on…

International Community Must Agree To Improve Humanitarian Access To Syria

Writing in his New York Times column, Nick Kristof recalls the story of Fawzia, a Syrian refugee who fled to Jordan after “a ferocious conventional shelling of her neighborhood,” and he states, “Talking to Syrians like Fawzia, it seems bizarre and narcissistic that in Washington there is talk of whether…

Yemen Human Rights Minister Demands Parliament Outlaw Child Marriage

Huriya Mashhour, Yemen’s human rights minister, “said she would press parliament for the minimum age of marriage to be set at 18 after [a] child, identified only as Rawan, reportedly died from internal bleeding after marrying a 40-year-old man,” The Guardian reports. “We are asking to fix the legal age…

Health Care Workers, Patients In Syria Need Protection

Despite the diminishing threat of a U.S. military strike on Syria and a plan to remove chemical weapons from the country, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “still poses a significant risk to civilians, doctors, the injured and those seeking medical attention, largely in areas lost to the regime’s control,” Saleyha Ahsan,…

Saudi Health Ministry Says No MERS Cases Detected So Far Among Hajj Pilgrims

“Saudi Arabia has so far recorded no cases of the deadly MERS coronavirus among pilgrims in the holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj season, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday,” Reuters reports. “The death toll from the respiratory virus in the kingdom, where the strain emerged last…