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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


'We don't have anything': the fight for survival after Cyclone Idai

In cities and villages across Mozambique the huge need for aid and assistance is not being met by a chaotic rescue effortCyclone Idai brings devastation to Mozambique – visual guideThe main road connecting the cyclone-devastated Mozambican city of Beira to neighbouring Zimbabwe comes to an abrupt end. A section almost 100 metres wide is almost entirely underwater, an angry muddy gash where the tarmac was ripped away by the floods and raging currents.A week after the onset of Cyclone Idai, as the...
Tags: Africa, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Global development, Zimbabwe, Flooding, Mozambique, Beira, Cyclone Idai


UN to explore wave of deaths linked to food aid porridge in Uganda

World Food Programme halts distribution of fortified cereal as four people die and hundreds suffer suspected food poisoningThe World Food Programme and Ugandan government have launched an investigation into deaths linked with the distribution of fortified porridge to refugees and people suffering from malnourishment.The health ministry was alerted to reports of possible food poisoning among people who had consumed Super Cereal, a blended food designed to prevent malnutrition, in the north-east r...
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, Hunger, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, North East, Karamoja, World Food Programme, Global Health


Cyclone Idai: satellite images show extent of flooding around Beira

Tens of thousands still trapped by floodwaters as rescue teams in Mozambique race against clock to deliver aid and suppliesNew satellite images taken above the Mozambican port city of Beira show the vast scale of flooding there, as rescuers race to reach tens of thousands of people trapped by floodwaters from Cylcone Idai.The images released by the European Space Agency show a huge new inland “lake” measuring 125km by 25km. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Global development, European Space Agency, Humanitarian response, Flooding, Mozambique, Beira, Cyclone Idai


'It's a godsend': the healthcare scheme bringing hope to India's sick

In a country where treatment can cost two years’ wages, a new project could mean free medical care for 500 million peopleRajiv Gupta has a distinct spring in his step. He has brought his mother to New Delhi from the northern state of Bihar for a hip replacement, for which he won’t have to pay. His mother qualified for free treatment under Ayushman Bharat, the government’s ambitious new health insurance scheme.“I can’t quite believe this is happening. When the doctors in Bihar told me it would co...
Tags: India, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, New Delhi, Bihar, Gupta, Global Health


Britain's arms export watchdog in danger of becoming toothless

As ministers and weapons manufacturers alike shun the body that oversees UK arms exports, its authority is at risk of being erodedAs Britain’s foreign secretary warns of “a shortening window of opportunity” for peace in Yemen, the hours are also counting down for weapons manufacturer Raytheon UK to explain its activities to the government’s committees on arms export control (CAEC).Raytheon, the world’s third largest manufacturer, was called upon to give live evidence on Wednesday. However, the c...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Britain, Global development, Governance, Yemen, Arms trade, Conflict and arms, Raytheon UK, CAEC Raytheon


Key to saving lives of newborns lies in half a teaspoon of blood, study claims

Research reveals striking changes in babies’ immune development that could form the basis for lifesaving vaccinesA groundbreaking study has claimed that the key to saving the lives of newborns is found in just half a teaspoon of blood.Research has revealed dramatic changes in the immune systems of newborns, which scientists say could transform our understanding of disease in babies. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Medical Research, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Global Health


The campaign for a 'drug-free world' is costing lives | Louise Arbour and Mohamed ElBaradei

Global policy on drug control is unrealistic, and has taken a harsh toll on millions of the world’s poorest peopleDrug control efforts across the world are a threat to human dignity and the right to life.In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. Among the reasons for these deaths are the lack of access to health and harm-reduction services, as well as the fear of legal repression, which often dissuades people who use drugs from asking for help. Continue reading...
Tags: Drugs, Americas, US, World news, Colombia, Philippines, Global development, Global Health, Louise Arbour, Mohamed ElBaradei


Chinese fishmeal plants leave fishermen in the Gambia all at sea | Hannah Summers

Scientists and campaigners warn that factories in coastal villages are wreaking environmental and economic havocBefore the arrival of fishmeal factories in the Gambia, Musa Duboe would catch red snapper and barracuda to be sold at the local market. But his income had begun to dwindle due to depleted stocks.Then in 2016 the Chinese-owned fishmeal plant Golden Lead began operating out of the coastal town of Gunjur, increasing demand for fish to export for overseas aquaculture. Continue reading...
Tags: China, Africa, Environment, World news, Global development, The Gambia, Gambia, Natural resources and development, Hannah Summers, Musa Duboe, Gunjur


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


Hundreds dead or missing in devastation of Cyclone Idai – in pictures

The 100mph tropical cyclone has affected 1.5 million people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Extreme Weather, Mozambique Malawi


Foreign nationals suspected of Isis links 'not wanted' in Syrian camps

Aid agencies struggle to cope with rise in new arrivals, with scores dying on the way to the settlementsAn estimated 7,000 women and children from more than 40 nations, including the US, UK, Australia and Europe, are living in tense and chaotic conditions in camps in north-eastern Syria, where they are “not wanted” due to their supposed affiliation with Islamic State.Among them are hundreds of unaccompanied or separated children, some just babies as young as five months, according to aid groups ...
Tags: Europe, Isis, Islamic State, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, US UK Australia


Three people dying in Yemen every day despite ceasefire agreement

Since the Stockholm deal in December, airstrikes on Hodeidah have decreased but casualties have doubled elsewhereYemen is continuing to experience a steady stream of violence, claiming at least one life every eight hours – despite the agreements reached between the internationally recognised government and the Houthis at talks in Sweden just over three months ago.According to figures compiled by two international aid agencies, in some areas of the country the number of casualties, far from falli...
Tags: Sweden, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Governance, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Stockholm, Conflict and arms


Priti Patel's brazen anti-aid agenda is ultimately all about Brexit | Peter Beaumont

Backing calls from the TaxPayers’ Alliance to face down ‘NGO cartels’ shows a profound misunderstanding of how the aid system worksPriti Patel is not known for her transparency or her subtlety.The former international development secretary was forced to resign over misleading prime minister Theresa May over an undeclared “family holiday” to Israel that – among other things – saw her fail to tell the British embassy that she would be meeting with Israeli politicians and visiting the occupied Gola...
Tags: Politics, Israel, UK News, Theresa May, Aid, Global development, Brexit, Patel, Golan Heights, Priti Patel, Peter Beaumont


US accused of trying to dilute global agreements on women's rights

Draft documents suggest US will refuse to reaffirm commitment to international declaration on women’s rights at New York forumUS officials in New York are attempting to water down language and remove the word “gender” from documents being negotiated at the UN, in what is being seen as a threat to international agreements on women’s rights.In negotiations at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which resume at UN headquarters this week, the US wants to replace “gender” in the forum’s outc...
Tags: Gender, New York, Women, US, Life and style, World news, United Nations, Global development, Un, CSW, Women's rights and gender equality


What Ivanka & Her Dad Have In Common: Stealing Other People's Ideas

The first daughter and White House advisor's schedule isn't public, but we'll keep you posted on her goings-on every week.One of the reasons we regularly write about Ivanka Trump is because her position actually comes with a lot of power. As a presidential advisor to her father in the most chaotic White House ever, she reportedly has a great deal of freedom to set her own agenda. And she has, admirably, focused her agenda on issues that affect women, both globally and in the United States, from...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Congress, Child Care, Senate, White House, US, United States, House, Social Security, Global development, States, Jezebel, University Of Maryland, Trump, Ellen Bravo


UK charity knew of alleged abuse in Congo parks but did not act

Wildlife trust that funded ‘eco-guards’ at the centre of rights abuse claims comes under scrutiny over failure to alert charities’ watchdogA British charity set up to fund conservation parks in the Congo basin knew about allegations that tribal people were being abused by park guards but failed to alert the charities’ watchdog, the Guardian can reveal.Last week, WWF launched an inquiry into claims that it has funded paramilitary guards accused of torturing, sexually assaulting and murdering peop...
Tags: Asia, UK, Human Rights, Africa, World news, Charities, Wwf, Global development, Congo, Conservation and indigenous people


'There is no tomorrow for me': Rwanda's teen mothers – in pictures

Young unmarried mothers are often forced to live in poverty, unable to find work and shunned by their families and communitiesPhotographs: Carol Allen-Storey/Hope for Rwanda Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Women, World news, Global development, Young People, Maternal health, Teenage pregnancy, Rwanda, Carol Allen Storey Hope for Rwanda Continue


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


Shadow falls over Ethiopia reforms as warnings of crisis go unheeded

Having fled violence, a million Ethiopians now face hunger and disease. Yet Abiy Ahmed seems intent only on their returnIn southern Ethiopia, tens of thousands of people are enduring what aid workers say is a full-blown humanitarian crisis. But the government of the new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, appears not to be listening.It is a stain on the record of an administration that, since Abiy’s appointment last April, has been lauded for opening up Ethiopia’s political space and making peace with n...
Tags: Africa, World news, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Internally displaced people, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy


China is 'in a league of its own' on human rights violations, Pompeo says

Pompeo singled out Beijing for detaining members of Muslim minority groups as he unveiled annual human rights reportChina is “in a league of its own” when it comes to human rights violations, the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday as he unveiled the state department’s annual report on human rights around the world. Related: 'If you enter a camp, you never come out': inside China's war on Islam Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, China, Race, US, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Global development, Muslim, Islam Continue, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


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


Egypt executed 15 people in February. Why is the UK staying silent? | Rhys Davies

Britain is Egypt’s largest foreign investor. Yet at the recent Arab-EU summit, Theresa May was oddly quiet on rights abusesWhile there may be “a special place in hell” for those who backed Brexit without a plan, regimes that execute people after fundamentally flawed trials get their own summit. Just a fortnight ago, Donald Tusk and the leaders of the EU met with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, at the Arab-EU summit in Sharm el-Sheikh – days after his regime executed nine people.The ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Human Rights, Africa, Eu, European Union, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Theresa May, Global development, Abdel Fatah al Sisi, Brexit, Tusk, Sharm


‘There are few gay people in India’: stigma lingers despite legal victory | Michael Safi and Aarti Singh

A landmark ruling legalised gay sex in the country in 2018, yet the LGBT community still face stigma and violenceWhen India’s supreme court announced it was legalising gay sex, people hugged in twos and threes on the lawns outside the Delhi courthouse. They draped themselves in rainbow flags in Bangalore and released balloons into the sky. In Mumbai’s nightclubs, they danced all night.In Patna, the dusty capital of the east Indian state of Bihar, Roshni did nothing. “We felt good when people wer...
Tags: Human Rights, India, World news, South and Central Asia, LGBT rights, Global development, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Michael Safi, Patna, Aarti Singh, Bihar Roshni


'We'll keep fighting': the Afghan women eyeing Paralympic gold | Stefanie Glinski

For these wheelchair basketball players, prejudice and insecurity are no barrier to competing on the world stageNilofar Bayat played her first game of wheelchair basketball in an open court in the middle of Kabul, surrounded by mainly male onlookers who shouted insults and called her names.She decided to keep playing anyway. Continue reading...
Tags: Women, Sport, World news, Afghanistan, Disability, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul, Bayat, Stefanie Glinski


Fighting a 'double curse': Afghanistan's hopefuls for Paralympic gold | Stefanie Glinski

Prejudice faced by Afghan women with a disability has proved no barrier to its national wheelchair basketball team Nilofar Bayat played her first game of wheelchair basketball in an open court in the middle of Kabul, surrounded by mainly male onlookers who shouted insults and called her names.She decided to keep playing anyway. Continue reading...
Tags: Women, Sport, World news, Afghanistan, Disability, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul, Stefanie Glinski, Nilofar Bayat


Fires of Jharia spell death and disease for villagers

The inhabitants of a remote village at the heart of India’s coal industry brave deadly sinkholes and toxic gases simply to surviveIn the village of Liloripathra, in a remote corner of India’s eastern Jharkhand state, mother-of-three Sushila Devi grips the hands of two women sitting on either side of her. Coal fires spew clouds of smoke into the already heavy, polluted air.At about 8pm, a policeman cradling a small body wrapped in black plastic bags emerges through the smoke and the crowds that h...
Tags: Energy, India, Environment, World news, South and Central Asia, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Global development, Natural resources and development, Chanda, Jharia, Liloripathra, Sushila Devi, Bharat Coking Coal Limited BCCL, Coal India Continue


Africa's film awards still glitter, but few of its big screens are left

‘Video clubs’ and watching on mobile is taking over from the joyful experience of going to the cinemaThree riders on horseback canter up a dusty road in Ouagadougou to deliver the top prize, a golden horse, to the awards ceremony of Africa’s most important film festival. Dressed head-to-toe in glitter, film-themed wax fabric and flowing silks, celebrities of African cinema settle down, Rwanda’s national ballet performs and the presidents of Burkina Faso, Rwanda and Mali look on from golden chair...
Tags: Film, Africa, Cities, Culture, Awards and prizes, Festivals, Global development, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cities and development, Rwanda, Ouagadougou, Fulani, Ouagadougou Fespaco, Burkina Faso Rwanda


International Women's Day 2019: celebrations and protests take place around the globe - live

Follow all the news and developments as people mark International Women’s Day around the worldTell us how you are marking International Women’s Day 10.13am GMT Samuel Okiror, a journalist working for the Guardian’s Global Development site in Kampala, Uganda, has been speaking to Waris Dirie, the Somali model and anti-FGM activist. 9.56am GMT The Guardian’s Madrid correspondent, Sam Jones, reports on Spain’s women’s day strike – Continue reading...
Tags: Women, Spain, World news, Global development, Guardian, Fgm, Madrid, International Women's Day, KAMPALA Uganda, Sam Jones, Waris Dirie, Samuel Okiror