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'The water took everything': Buzi evacuees tell of Cyclone Idai ordeal

People rescued by boat are arriving at Beira in hope of first aid, shelter and reunion with their familiesStanding in the fishing port in Beira, Mozambique, Jose Mala scans the faces of those evacuated by boat from Buzi – one of the towns hardest hit by Cyclone Idai – searching for anyone he knows.He had hopeful news the day before, says Mala, 27. He met a neighbour at the port who told him his sister and two nephews had survived the cyclone that destroyed large parts of their hometown. Continue...
Tags: Global development, Cyclone Idai, World news, Mozambique, Africa, Aid, Society, Humanitarian response


Dirty water 20 times deadlier to children in conflict zones than bullets – Unicef

World Water Day study highlights lethal nature of unsafe sanitation and hygiene for children, especially under-fivesChildren under five who live in conflict zones are 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases linked to unsafe water than from direct violence as a result of war, Unicef has found.Analysing mortality data from 16 countries beset by long-term conflict – including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen – the UN children’s agency also found that unsafe water, sanitation and hygi...
Tags: Global health, Global development, Access to water, Water, Environment, World news, Children, Society


Self-interest must not guide UK aid | Letters

Britain’s aid budget must be about altruism, not narrow self-interest say the Rt Rev John Arnold and the Rt Rev Dr Christopher CocksworthYour article (Aid budget: Ex-minister joins calls for shake-up, 18 March) on the report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance offers an opportunity to reflect again on what we want and expect from our government.In the suffering of men, women and children caught up in conflict, dealing with the worst effects of climate change or leaving their homes in search of a safer fu...
Tags: Politics, UK, Religion, Society, Public finance, Britain, Pope Francis, Christianity, Aid, Global development, Jesus Christ, Priti Patel, John Arnold, Christopher CocksworthYour


Doctors in Zimbabwe 'sending patients away to die' as drug shortages bite

Senior doctors go on strike as president is warned that lack of medicine could lead to collapse of emergency servicesA doctors’ strike in Zimbabwe entered its second day on Wednesday with health workers claiming patients in the biggest state hospital are dying due to a lack of drugs and medical supplies.Dozens of doctors picketed outside Parirenyatwa hospital demanding improvements and claiming government promises to improve the health service had come to nothing. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Global Health, Parirenyatwa


UN plan for Syria should take priority | Letters

While there is no clear picture of what next for the situation inside of Syria, donors should not write blank cheques for reconstruction, writes Cafod’s Anne StreetThe third EU and UN conference being held in Brussels this week to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria has the optimistic title of “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” (Divisions over forced return of refugees to Syria expected at conference, 12 March).However, the future is bleak for millions of Syrians who fled the confli...
Tags: Eu, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Un, Brussels, Cafod, Anne StreetThe


Child marriage in Niger is a cultural issue, not an Islamic one

A visit to the world’s fifth poorest country has shown me that battling early and forced marriage begins with communitiesIslam, for me, is a way of life and the core of my world. As a Muslim woman I have always been encouraged to be who I want to be.I get frustrated when people say: “Why do you wear a hijab? Isn’t that a sign of women’s oppression?” I choose to wear a hijab; I choose to be an educated and liberated woman and I choose to follow Islam. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Niger, Child marriage, Islam Continue, Sexual Violence, Women's rights and gender equality


Has WWF's mission to combat nature's enemy gone too far?

Claims that the World Wide Fund for Nature is in bed with paramilitaries point to a wider need for root and branch reformWorld Wide Fund for Nature, put down your weapons. You are not a mercenary. You are not a government. You are not a terrorist. Your mission: to save the planet. Saving the planet does not happen by shooting people, or even by threatening them.One might be forgiven for thinking that headlines this week revealing allegations that WWF was in bed with paramilitaries in different p...
Tags: Society, Conservation, Charities, Wwf, Global development, World Wrestling Federation, Conservation and indigenous people


'Thousands' of young girls denied abortion after rape in Argentina

Anti-choice doctors and health officials accused of obstructing legal terminations after 11-year-old girl gave birth to rapist’s child The lives of thousands of girls in Argentina are being put at risk as legal abortions are delayed and obstructed by doctors trying to force pregnancies to full term.The issue of anti-choice doctors, medical institutions and government officials deliberately trying to hold up legally sanctioned terminations was brought into sharp focus last week when it emerged th...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Argentina, Abortion, Rape and sexual assault, Women's rights and gender equality


UK pledges £2m to help end stigma and shame of period poverty

As well as global funding, Penny Mordaunt announces creation of £250,000 taskforce to tackle problem in BritainThe UK government has announced £2m to support organisations around the world to end period poverty by 2030.The minister for women and equalities, Penny Mordaunt, also announced £250,000 for the creation of a taskforce comprised of government departments, businesses, charities and manufacturers to come up with new ideas to tackle the problem in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, UK, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Menstruation, Penny Mordaunt, BritainThe UK


Time for Comic Relief to hang up its red nose? | Letters

Guardian readers respond to David Lammy’s criticisms of ‘white saviour’ narratives in charity publicityIt concerns me that some 30 years after Save the Children first published a set of image guidelines to steer its staff in avoiding negative use of imagery, and to start a dialogue in the aid sector about negative aspects of imagery in use, it’s still a thorny topic (‘White saviours’ belong in the past. We need new storytellers, 1 March). I joined Save the Children as the photographic librarian ...
Tags: Politics, Media, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Bbc, Uganda, Culture, Aid, Global development, David Lammy, Richard Curtis, Save The Children, Comic Relief, Stacey Dooley


Meet the world's first 'minister for the unborn'

The Welsh government has given Sophie Howe statutory powers to represent people who haven’t yet been bornSophie Howe is a public servant with a particularly tricky constituency. The people she represents are remote and unresponsive and they never show up to voice an opinion or tell her if she’s doing a good job.They don’t even vote. That’s because they haven’t yet been born. Howe is the world’s first – and only – future generations commissioner with statutory powers. She’s there to represent the...
Tags: Politics, Children, Wales, Society, UK News, World news, Global development, Local Government, Local Politics, Howe, Sophie Howe


Girl, 11, gives birth to child of rapist after Argentina says no to abortion

Campaigners condemn authorities who ignored girl’s plea ‘to remove what the old man put inside me’An 11-year old girl who became pregnant after being raped was forced to give birth after Argentine authorities refused to allow her the abortion to which she was entitled.The authorities ignored repeated requests for an abortion from the child, called “Lucía” to protect her identity, as well as her mother and a number of Argentine women’s right activists. After 23 weeks of pregnancy, she had to unde...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Argentina, Abortion


Girl, 11, gives birth to rapist's child after Argentina says no to abortion

Campaigners condemn authorities who ignored girl’s plea ‘to remove what the old man put inside me’An 11-year old girl who became pregnant after being raped was forced to give birth after Argentine authorities refused to allow her the abortion to which she was entitled.The authorities ignored repeated requests for an abortion from the child, called “Lucía” to protect her identity, as well as her mother and a number of Argentine women’s right activists. After 23 weeks of pregnancy, she had to unde...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Argentina, Abortion


Girl, 11, gives birth to rapist's child after Argentina says not to abortion

Campaigners condemn authorities who ignored girl’s plea ‘to remove what the old man put inside me’An 11-year old girl who became pregnant after being raped was forced to give birth after Argentine authorities refused to allow her the abortion to which she was entitled.The authorities ignored repeated requests for an abortion from the child, called “Lucía” to protect her identity, as well as her mother and a number of Argentine women’s right activists. After 23 weeks of pregnancy, she had to unde...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Argentina, Abortion


Shock rise in global measles outbreaks 'disastrous' for children, UN warns

Unicef calls for improved vaccination as study shows Ukraine, Brazil and the Philippines among 10 worst affected countriesCases of childhood measles are surging to shocking levels around the globe, led by 10 countries that account for three-quarters of the rise.Amid warnings of “disastrous consequences” for children if the disease continues to spread unchecked, a worldwide survey by the UN children’s agency, Unicef, said 98 countries around the globe reported a rise in measles cases in 2018 comp...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Philippines, MMR, Global development, Un, Vaccines and immunisation, Unicef, Global Health, Ukraine Brazil


Girl, 11, gives birth to rapist's child after Argentina refuses abortion

Campaigners condemn authorities who ignored girl’s plea ‘to remove what the old man put inside me’An 11-year old girl who became pregnant after being raped was forced to give birth after Argentine authorities refused to allow her the abortion to which she was entitled.The authorities ignored repeated requests for an abortion from the child, called “Lucía” to protect her identity, as well as her mother and a number of Argentine women’s right activists. After 23 weeks of pregnancy, she had to unde...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Argentina, Abortion


Study warns of global rise in autocratic leaders 'hijacking' laws for own ends

Poland the worst offender as global justice index identifies decline in checks on government power for second successive yearAutocratic rule is on the rise throughout the world, with a growing number of authoritarian leaders “hijacking” laws to consolidate their own power, a study of global justice has found.Poland demonstrated the most significant turn towards authoritarianism over the past four years, followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. In all, 64% of 126 countries surveyed made sim...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, World news, Serbia, Global development, Governance, Poland, Argentina, Estonia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, World Justice Project Continue


Infant mortality in Venezuela has doubled during crisis, UN says

UN security council officials clash over ‘politicised’ aid to troubled country as peace-building chief warns of ‘grim realities’Infant mortality in Venezuela has soared by roughly 50% during the prolonged political crisis in the country.Briefing the UN security council, the UN’s political and peace building chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, depicted a devastating collapse in Venezuela’s health system. She warned that 40% of medical staff had left the country and said hospital stocks of medicine had dwind...
Tags: Health, Europe, China, Russia, Americas, Society, World news, US news, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, UN Security Council, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Infant and child mortality


UN target of $4bn in aid for Yemen reliant on Saudi and US pledges

Dominant donors to record appeal to alleviate suffering of civil war will include countries leading aerial bombing campaignThe international community will gather on Tuesday to try to raise more than $4bn to help alleviate the suffering and famine caused by Yemen’s civil war, but will find itself heavily dependent on three combatants in the conflict – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the US – to reach its fundraising target for 2019.The $4.2bn (£3.2bn) target for 2019 – the largest sum...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, US, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Aid, Global development, Un, Geneva, Yemen


'I came to Peru to survive': the Venezuelans migrating for HIV drugs | Dan Collyns

Darwin Zerpa is among those who have fled to Peru to get the antiretrovirals he needs. Now he counsels others with the virusBy day it is one of Lima’s grandest squares. By night the Plaza San Martín becomes a magnet for nightclubbers and bag-snatchers, as well as a haunt for male sex workers and their clients.It is here just before midnight that 29-year-old Darwin Zerpa and other volunteers set up shop. Pulling up in an out-of-service ambulance and folding out a table on the pavement, they mark ...
Tags: Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Peru, Venezuela, Aids and HIV, Lima, San Martin, Global Health, Dan Collyns, Darwin Zerpa


Trump has turned foreign aid into shabby political theatre | Peter Beaumont

Stalled relief supplies for Venezuela at the Colombian border are a stark illustration of Trump’s crudely transactional approach to aidIn their grey livery, the US Air Force C-17s shuttling into Camilo Daza airport in Cúcuta, Colombia, look more belligerent than friendly – which is, perhaps, the point.In the city itself, the planes’ cargo – boxes labelled USAid and intended for distribution by the Venezuelan opposition just across the border – are accumulating in the town’s warehouses. Continue ...
Tags: Americas, Society, World news, US news, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Venezuela, Usaid, US Air Force, Trump, Peter Beaumont, Cúcuta Colombia, Camilo Daza


I witnessed the purgatory of people trapped in Syria's Rukban camp | Marwa Awad

Constant hunger and thirst haunt those stranded in the desert, where escape means paying vast sums to smugglersBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


A dead dog as a playmate? The plight of children in Rukban is heartbreaking | Marwa Awad

I witnessed the constant hunger and thirst of those trapped in the remote Syrian desert, where aid rarely makes it throughBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


Polio spreads in Afghanistan and Pakistan 'due to unchecked borders'

Campaigners say resurgence of deadly virus threatens despite huge successes of vaccination driveThe unmonitored movement of people across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan threatens efforts to eradicate polio from the two countries, as the year’s first cases of the virus are recorded in the volatile region.The Global Polio Eradication Initiative said people travelling through unchecked crossings is believed to be one of the main causes of the spread of the disease in the area.
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Global development, Polio, Global Health


Condom handouts in schools prevent disease without encouraging sex

UN study finds misgivings over impact of condom distribution in secondary schools are misplacedMaking condoms available to teenagers at school does not make them more promiscuous – but neither does it reduce teenage pregnancy rates.According to a major review by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), giving out condoms in secondary schools does not increase sexual activity, or encourage young people to have sex at an earlier age. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, United Nations, Global development, Un, Reproductive Rights, Sexual health, UN Population Fund UNFPA, Reproductive rights (developing countries


Trump's unseemly haste shows World Bank must no longer be in thrall to US

The race to head the World Bank opened with the US candidate already known. Other countries must stand up and be countedWith characteristic lack of restraint, the Trump administration last week jumped the gun on the World Bank presidential election process by naming David Malpass as its preferred candidate to succeed Jim Yong Kim.The formal nomination process, which did not begin until the following day, is based on selection principles agreed in 2011 that put the emphasis on an “open, merit-bas...
Tags: Business, US, Economics, Society, World news, Global Economy, Aid, Global development, World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, Trump, David Malpass


Breast-ironing: UK government vows to tackle abusive practice

Home Office says ritual is child abuse and should be prosecuted under assault lawsRevealed: ‘dozens’ of girls subjected to breast-ironing in UKThe government has vowed to confront the practice of breast-ironing, calling it child abuse and saying the police should prosecute offenders under assault laws.In a written parliamentary statement following Guardian revelations that the abusive practice was spreading in the UK, the Home Office said it was committed to challenging the cultural attitudes be...
Tags: Health, Gender, UK, Children, Breast Cancer, Society, World news, Home Office, Child protection, Social Care, Global development


Aid agencies pull out of Idlib in face of new terror threat

Fear of aid money being diverted by Tahrir al-Sham has led donors to cut fundingIn Syria’s Idlib province, the dust has largely settled after last month’s dramatic takeover of the area by al-Qaida-linked fighters. As a result, however, international organisations have withdrawn aid and support for schools and hospitals – and Idlib’s 3 million residents are beginning to feel the pinch.Idlib, the last pocket of Syria that remains outside President Bashar al-Assad’s control, was spared an assault b...
Tags: Russia, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Moscow, Bashar Al Assad, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Al Qaida, Ankara, Idlib, Tahrir al Sham


'Spare innocent men anguish': India ruling aims to end false rape claims

Judges have moved to ensure that women driven by revenge and self-interest will no longer be able to make spurious allegations when relationships endTheir romance began at work. She asked him out for coffee with her friends. He took her out for lunch. Dinners and walks in New Delhi’s Lodhi Gardens followed. Then, for 18 months, they were in a sexual relationship.But last year, when Pavan Gupta* turned 24, his parents began pressuring him to marry. When they introduced him to a girl he liked, Gup...
Tags: India, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, New Delhi, Gupta, Rape and sexual assault, Lodhi Gardens, Pavan Gupta, Geeta Jain


Boris Johnson backs call for multibillion cut to UK aid budget

Tory report says DfID could be folded into Foreign Office and aid spending redefinedCalls for a multibillion-pound cut in the UK’s overseas aid budget and closure of the Department for International Development (DfID) as a separate Whitehall entity are set out in a new Conservative vision for a post-Brexit “global Britain” backed by the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.Current definitions of aid spending would be broadened to include peacekeeping, and the BBC’s World Service would be expan...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Bbc, Britain, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Department for International Development (DfID, World Service



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