Philippines: Time to remember 64,000 people unable to return home in Zamboanga
29 Apr 2014
The checkpoint is a ten-minute drive west from the bustling centre of Zamboanga, a city of 807,000 people in the southern Philippines. Beyond it lies a ghost town comprising Rio Hondo and neighboring barangays, political units that are roughly equivalent to a neighborhood in Philippine cities...
Myanmar: Humanitarian lifeline cut following violence against aid agencies in Rakhine
16 Apr 2014
Hundreds of thousands of people are finding it difficult to access basic services such as health care following the emergency relocation of up to 300 aid workers from Myanmar’s Rakhine State. More than 1,000 humanitarian staff have been forced to stop working following an outbreak of...
Report: Time to abandon broken, reactive approach to aid
31 Mar 2014
At first glance, the people of Tacloban in the Central Philippines and Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) have little in common. They are separated by continents and oceans, and share no common language or cultural heritage.
This changed at the end of 2013. Both cities were...
Myanmar: Cross-line aid mission reaches isolated communities in Kachin
13 Mar 2014
It is early morning in Myitkyina—a town in the far north of Myanmar’s Kachin state. The first light of dawn is breaking as final preparations are made for the cross-line mission into the areas beyond Government control in Kachin.
Eleven trucks loaded with pulses, cooking oil,...
Japan: Disaster, disability and a community’s revival
10 Mar 2014
“I thought this was the end of the world,” says Yusuke Ishimori, a young survivor of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated communities along Japan’s east coast. Yusuke is from Ishinomaki, one of the cities hardest hit by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the...