Number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide reaches a record-breaking 28.8 million
Thomson Reuters - The top humanitarian headlines this week include: the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide reaches a record-breaking 28.8 million, researchers unveil a database of China's aid to Africa and peace talks start in Sudan between the government and insurgents
SUDAN: The African Union brings together for the first time
talks Sudan and insurgents fighting government troops in two states
bordering South Sudan, in a conflict that has affected almost a million
FLOODS: With 62
dead and almost 90,000 displaced by floods, Kenya s new
government is coming under pressure to improve its response to natural
C. AFRICAN REPUBLIC: More than 1
million children in Central African Republic are not attending school
because of the violent coup in March and chronic poverty, the U.N.
Children's Fund says.
SAHEL: Despite early indications that West Africa s
Sahel region would not suffer pangs of hunger this year, experts now worry
that food insecurity could be worse than in 2012.
NATURAL DISASTERS: An earthquake in Afghanistan s
east and flash floods in the north has killed at least 33 people as
hundreds of traditional mud-brick homes collapsed, officials
MYANMAR VIOLENCE: Hundreds of police and troops restore
order in central Myanmar after a fresh outbreak of sectarian violence
in which one man was killed after Buddhist mobs trashed property owned by
Muslims following a minor street incident.
fighters have killed a senior member of Afghanistan's peace council,
officials say, dealing another blow to nascent peace efforts with the
workers in Syria are struggling to navigate a lawless archipelago of
armed groups to get food to Syrians trapped in a fast-intensifying civil
war, the head of the World Food Programme's Syria operation says.
INDIGENOUS RIGHTS: Peru's mining minister is winning a
crucial cabinet battle by swaying President Ollanta Humala to water
down a law that gives indigenous groups more say over new mines and oil
projects - and a deputy minister will likely resign in protest.
DISPLACEMENT: In 2012, 2.4
million people were newly displaced within Syria, taking the number of
internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide to a record-breaking 28.8
million, according a report released by the Geneva-based Internal
Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
DEVELOPMENT: Economic development researchers unveil a
database of China's
aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the
numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese
urges public to back China s Red Cross after quake - Thomson
disaster relief agency not ready for calamities--audit - Thomson
FDA to launch tool to detect fake, substandard malaria drugs
facts about malaria - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuareg rebels reject elections, disarming before talks
wheat yields fall in Kenya, farmers turn to beans - Thomson Reuters
the odds, young Egyptians push for climate action - Thomson Reuters
a huge contributor to flood disasters experts - Thomson Reuters
community failing Syrian refugee children, CARE warns CARE
countries need shared climate solutions experts Thomson
focus in on local solutions to climate change Thomson Reuters
nations show low-carbon will in climate talks Thomson Reuters
biofuel use contributing to world hunger ActionAid
security chief dismisses southern rebels' demands
system humiliates gay refugees Emma Batha
relief and the "third gender" in Nepal Katie Nguyen
officials, drought-hit farmers exchange blame for crop failure
companies dragging feet on climate protection survey