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15:08 // 5 months ago
December 1, 2012
united-nations:

Humanitarian agencies and their partners are working around the clock to provide basic services such as water, food and shelter to more than 140,000 people displaced by the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Photo credit: UNHCR/F.Noy

united-nations:

Humanitarian agencies and their partners are working around the clock to provide basic services such as water, food and shelter to more than 140,000 people displaced by the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Photo credit: UNHCR/F.Noy

18:03 // 1 year ago
June 5, 2012

Syria blocks Western diplomats, but allows humanitarian aid

  • yeah … On Tuesday, Syria began banning American and European diplomats from being in the country. The diplomats were removed from the country in the wake of the Houla massacre just over a week ago, in what Syrian officials called a ”reciprocal measure.”
  • … but The country signed an agreement with the United Nations and other groups to accept humanitarian aid, something which an estimated 1 million people in the country need. The agreement will allow humanitarian aid to enter the country within days. source
10:17 // 2 years ago
January 30, 2012
The International Committee of the Red Cross has repeatedly betrayed the trust conferred on it by the local population and, in the recent weeks, falsely accused the Mujahideen (Shabaab fighters) of hindering food distribution.
A statement from al-Shabaab • Discussing its decision to bar the Red Cross from the parts of Somalia it controls. That’s right: al-Shabaab is blocking humanitarian aid from being distributed over accusations by the Red Cross that they’re already blocking humanitarian aid from getting distributed. You can’t make this stuff up.
11:15 // 2 years ago
November 28, 2011
mauricecherry:

Wyclef Jean squandered Haitian relief funds: report
“Less than a third of the $16 million gathered in 2010 by hip-hop star Wyclef Jean for earthquake relief in Haiti actually made it to emergency efforts in the country, the New York Post reported on Sunday.
According to the exclusive report, Jean’s charity, Yele Haiti, doled out millions in questionable contracts — in fact, $1 million was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t seem to exist.”

This, uhh, isn’t good. ”Gone ‘Till November” still is, though, so let’s not forget that.

mauricecherry:

Wyclef Jean squandered Haitian relief funds: report

“Less than a third of the $16 million gathered in 2010 by hip-hop star Wyclef Jean for earthquake relief in Haiti actually made it to emergency efforts in the country, the New York Post reported on Sunday.

According to the exclusive report, Jean’s charity, Yele Haiti, doled out millions in questionable contracts — in fact, $1 million was paid to a Florida firm that doesn’t seem to exist.”

This, uhh, isn’t good. ”Gone ‘Till November” still is, though, so let’s not forget that.

(via mauricecherry)

13:35 // 2 years ago
October 25, 2011
UNICEF + Threadless = good cause, good shirts (prices may vary)
Wearing your support: Pretty neat idea hatched between the folks at UNICEF and Threadless — you can now throw down for one of these rather charmingly minimalist t-shirts, and your money goes straight to African aid efforts. As you may have noticed, some of these shirts are hyper-expensive (not pictured, a $300,000 “cargo plane” shirt), which is because the amount you pay equals the cost of the sort of aid effort pictured. It’s a very cool and worthy example of humanitarian relief meeting up with design. source
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Wearing your support: Pretty neat idea hatched between the folks at UNICEF and Threadless — you can now throw down for one of these rather charmingly minimalist t-shirts, and your money goes straight to African aid efforts. As you may have noticed, some of these shirts are hyper-expensive (not pictured, a $300,000 “cargo plane” shirt), which is because the amount you pay equals the cost of the sort of aid effort pictured. It’s a very cool and worthy example of humanitarian relief meeting up with design. source

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15:12 // 2 years ago
September 13, 2011
As Miss Angola I’ve already done a lot to help my people. I’ve worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs … I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.
The new Miss Universe, Leila Lopes • Describing what she plans to do to help as the new Miss Universe. The current Miss Angola is a bit of a trailblazer as far as beauty pageant winners go — she’s one of the few black women to win the Miss Universe title, and she had harsh words for anyone that might have a problem with that: “Any racist needs to seek help.” Not that we’re particularly huge fans of Miss Anything pageants, but considering her social stances, we can totally get behind this winner. Africa has a huge HIV problem, and needs any help it can get. Now it has a high-profile ambassador. source (viafollow)
11:08 // 2 years ago
July 3, 2011

Making amends: Greece floats a completely different flotilla idea

  • blocked A couple days back, Greece blocked a flotilla headed towards Gaza from heading out of one of its ports. It understandably drew a lot of controversy from certain quarters of the political sphere — but briefly took attention off the country’s austerity crisis.
  • allowed Now, it seems that Greece is ready to offer up a mea culpa to Palestine — in coordination with the United Nations, they’ll send a ship loaded with aid over to Gaza, which they’ll offer up to the Palestinian Authority — but, as you’ll note, they aren’t working with Hamas. source

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16:39 // 3 years ago
July 2, 2011

Greece’s not-so-hot week ends with a blocked flotilla to Gaza

  • action Despite a ban blocking flotillas headed towards Gaza from leaving Greek ports, an American one attempted to do just that yesterday. It was turned away by the Greek coast guard, which reportedly pointed machine guns at flotilla passengers. This comes  on the heels of Greece’s austerity vote.
  • reaction As you might imagine, reaction to this news was emotional on both sides. “Greece sold its body to the banks and its soul to Israel and the United States,” said one activist on the flotilla. The ship was named “The Audacity of Hope,” meaning Obama was indirectly dragged into this situation, too. source

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12:02 // 3 years ago
March 14, 2011
As Japan’s post-quake realities worsen, U.S. commits military aid
U.S. warships join Japanese relief effort: This is the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, which is currently aiding in relief efforts in Japan, serving as a fueling station for helicopters. The U.S. has several warships in position, with more to arrive in the coming days. This is welcome news, as the picture in Japan looks increasingly grim by the day; as we mentioned earlier, the government now believes a horrific 9,500 may have died in Otsuchi. This is a horrible reminder that for many Japanese citizens, what’s happening with the country’s nuclear reactors is yet a more abstract concern in the face of the massive, physical devastation that’s racked the land. We sincerely hope that our military can be of any and all assistance to the people of Japan. source
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U.S. warships join Japanese relief effort: This is the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, which is currently aiding in relief efforts in Japan, serving as a fueling station for helicopters. The U.S. has several warships in position, with more to arrive in the coming days. This is welcome news, as the picture in Japan looks increasingly grim by the day; as we mentioned earlier, the government now believes a horrific 9,500 may have died in Otsuchi. This is a horrible reminder that for many Japanese citizens, what’s happening with the country’s nuclear reactors is yet a more abstract concern in the face of the massive, physical devastation that’s racked the land. We sincerely hope that our military can be of any and all assistance to the people of Japan. source

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13:53 // 3 years ago