Sudan: Local humanitarian capacity crucial
2 July, 2013
“I trained as a midwife to help my community,” says Fatima, a volunteer community health worker at a clinic in Hammeida, rural Kassala state in eastern Sudan. Fatima’s clinic is run by Talaweit, a Sudanese NGO. The clinic is the only primary health care facility for many...
South Sudan: “We have seen things stabilize or even improve”
28 June, 2013
A harvest that was better than expected, and fewer refugees and returnees than expected, have contributed to an overall improvement in the situation in South Sudan and have allowed the humanitarian community to reduce its appeal for funding by 9 per cent. At the beginning of 2013, aid...
Aid worker diary: the price of gold in DRC
26 June, 2013
OCHA’s Philippe Kropf provides a snapshot of the crisis in South Kivu, on a journey with his colleague Desire Mirindi to the mining town of Kamituga, where fighting between the rebel group Raia Mutomboki and government forces has displaced and terrorized thousands of people.
DRC: Humanitarian agencies fight child exploitation
12 June, 2013
“Quite a few of the most beautiful homes in Bukavu are built on the sweat of children working in the mines,” says a child protection officer who works in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He can rattle off the names of dozens of artisanal mines that surround South...
South Sudan: Sowing seeds for the future
29 May, 2013
In the grounds of their temporary accommodation in Juba, two young boys tend to a clutch of seedlings. They clear any weeds, and water the plants when there is no rain. Each day, 8-year-old Majuang and his 6-year-old brother Gum spend hours working on their fragile crops, imagining the lives...