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PUERTO RICO/HURRICANE MARIA: LESSONS IN POST-DISASTER RECOVERY
By admin May 15, 2019

As a former United Nations official specializing in Humanitarian Response and Complex Emergencies, I had the opportunity to work in some highly challenging post-conflict environments such as Liberia, war-zones such as Somalia and post-disaster environments such as Southeast Asia after the 2004 Tsunami. However, assessing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is particularly

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Venezuela Update: 4 Days Into The Country’s Longest Blackout
By admin March 12, 2019

On Thursday, the San Geronimo B substation went down, sending Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas, into darkness. Today, 18 of the country’s 23 states remain affected by the outage, food supplies are running short, and it has been reported that the country’s private sector has lost an estimated $400 million as a result of the blackout.

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Crisis in Eastern Ukraine – First Test of the Return of the Cold War
By admin February 20, 2019

Ukraine is of deep interest to Russia due to their shared history. Ukraine was a territory in the Russian empire since the 1600’s, only separating in 1918 with the collapse of Czarist Russia. In 1921, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was established after Russia conquered two-thirds of the country. The third part integrating into independent Poland

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The Venezuela Crisis – Largest Exodus in Western Hemisphere in Search for a Bridge of Desperation and Hope
By admin February 5, 2019

Venezuela’s problems go back to 1999 when the charismatic and ebullient late President Hugo Chavez established a socialist government, at a time when Venezuela was against the backdrop of vast wealth but had huge inequality. That is the government his predecessor President Nicolas Maduro took over in 2013.Venezuela has been caught in a downward spiral

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The Rohingya – The Stateless People Even a Nobel laureate Does Not Want
By admin January 7, 2019

The Rohingya, considered by the international community to be the “most persecuted minority in the world”, are a majority Muslim ethnic group that represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar. They have their own language and culture and are descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations.

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The Yemen Crisis Pt. II: MBS’ War
By admin December 17, 2018

Conflicts in the Middle East are often viewed through the lens of identity, ideology and geopolitics that take the form of tribe versus tribe, Sunni versus Shia, Iran and its proxies versus the US and its allies. The genesis of the Yemen conflict cannot be divorced from this underpinning of causes and motivations. However, what

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Yemen Crisis: The Weaponization of Aid
By admin December 3, 2018

  Yemeni citizens are caught in the crossfire of a proxy war that involves much more than an exchange of bullets.  It is estimated that 80% of the domestic population have been forced into dire humanitarian need; some 18.5 million people are food insecure and 16 million have no access to safe, clean water and

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In 2018, Large-scale Famine Has Not Yet Said Goodbye
By admin October 24, 2018

  Living in most parts of the world in the 21stcentury, famines seem rare. The world has seen huge progress in fighting hunger and malnutrition, and the overall positive trend is likely to continue. According to the World Bank’s open data on global hunger, there were 95 million fewer children stunted in 2016 than in

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Divided fates: Children of Global migration
By admin June 29, 2018

  The recent crisis in American prisons concerning the separation of children from parents is not the first time that children have been subjected to abuse in immigration cases. Compelled to leave their homeland, children are often subjected to violence, sexual exploitation, and trafficking. This is clearly exemplified in the image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi,

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Yemen Crisis: Is the Damage Permanent?
By admin June 22, 2018

Yemen is still facing the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, and it is not getting better. Mass killings and displacements have taken place since the start of war in 2015, and the country has become a playground for national and international powers. The ongoing conflict in Yemen intensified in March 2015 when Houthi rebels—a minority

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Where Does Yemen Stand Today?
By admin August 25, 2017

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world has been devastated by civil war between supporters of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels. The conflict, ignited by a failed political transition and Shia extremism, has Yemen on the edge of complete collapse. Prior to the violence that has left 17 million people

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Palestine on the Brink of a Humanitarian Crisis
By admin April 11, 2017

The Gaza Strip is on the verge of a “humanitarian crisis”. According to the United Nations, a top commander in the Israeli army had written to them to warn about the lack of water and electricity being supplied in the Gaza Strip, thus to prepare for such crisis. Not only did the top commander write,

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Crisis in Somalia
By admin March 21, 2017

Somalia is on the brink of catastrophic disaster. More than half of Somalia’s population is in need of food assistance –over 6 million people, according to UN’s recent figures. With the terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, lingering around the country, they block the roads leaving “no access for food aid.” The Somali people have been “neglected” from

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Humanitarian Crisis on the Eastern Front
By admin February 7, 2017

In the most recent out-break between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists, the town of Avdiyivka was left with little access to electricity and water with temperatures dropping to 18 Celsius (0 Fahrenheit). Both Ukrainian military and the Russian-backed separatists brought in heavy artillery close to the front line which violates a peace deal which was put

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