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...
Philippines: Valerie Amos hails progress post Haiyan, warns severe needs remain
28 Feb 2014
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos has hailed the progress that has been made in areas devastated almost four months ago by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Speaking at the end of her visit to the Philippines – her third visit since Haiyan made its destructive landfall – she described some...
WHS: “We need new solutions, new ways of responding, new pathways to resilience”
14 Feb 2014
The launch of a new World Humanitarian Summit website kicks off two years of intensive outreach in the lead up to the 2016 global gathering in Istanbul, Turkey.
The website – www.worldhumanitariansummit.org– marks an important public step in a process that seeks to redefine the...
Philippines: The challenge of ‘building back better’
7 Feb 2014
Typhoon Haiyan destroyed or damaged an estimated 1 million homes across the Eastern and Western Visayas Regions of the central Philippines. Three months on from the devastating storm, the most pressing needs in the affected areas are for durable shelter and the restoration of livelihoods....
Philippines: Fishing communities struggle after Typhoon Haiyan
4 Feb 2014
Danielo Delosindo’s boat – his family’s main source of income – was lost when Typhoon Haiyan crashed into his village of Concepcion on the eastern coast of Iloilo Province. In a matter of hours, his life was turned upside down.
“I have seen many, many typhoons...