Humanitarian aid

We think we ought to avoid doing precisely what our enemies want us to do: they want us to elevate them, to give in to fear, to indulge in hatred.

The lethal enemy of barbarism isn’t hatred, it’s reason. And the people terrorized by ISIL every day don’t need our vengeance, they need our help.

1. A cargo ship lies amidst the wreckage of Anibong town, Tacloban. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

2. An aerial view of a coastal town, devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, in Samar province in central Philippines.(Reuters)

3. A woman cuddled her baby aboard a military helicopter in the typhoon-devastated town of Guiuan, Philippines, Monday. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)

4. Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday’s typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

5. Residents walk past the debris as others rebuild their houses Monday Nov. 11, 2013 following Friday’s devastating typhoon that lashed Hernani township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

6. Soldiers prepare to load food supplies to a Philippine Air Force helicopter at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013, following Friday’s typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

7. Survivors walk under a fallen electrical post on Sunday in battered Tacloban. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

8. People seek refuge in a Catholic church that has been converted into an evacuation center. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

9. Volunteers repacking relief goods at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Manila for victims of the Super Typhoon Haiyan that smashed into coastal communities on the central Philippine. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

10. Residents assess the destruction. Erik de Castro/Reuters

Donations/Aid Relief to help the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan


Philippine Red Cross

 Red Cross

World Food Programme

Doctors Without Borders

Save The Children

World Vision 

Embassy of the Philippines (Washington, D.C)


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#OlympicGames [Olympic]During a trip to Athens (Greece), IOC President Thomas Bach visited the Open Reception Centre for refugees to get a first-hand look at the refugee crisis and witness how the IOC’s USD 2 million emergency fund is aiding humanitarian efforts in the country.

“He’s one of forty million refugees worldwide who’ve been forced to flee their home. I can’t imagine what it’s like to not feel safe in my own home, or to be attacked here. But, what I can do is help Mathieu’s voice be heard, and so can you. So, please, share this video, share this story. And help Mathieu and any like them to have a louder voice.” -Charlie Cox for the International Rescue Committee UK


DrinkPure water filter shows promise for worldwide use
It’s no secret that hundreds of millions of people around the world have little or no access to drinkable water. While a number of projects are aimed at getting filtration systems to those people, many of those systems require electricity, contain costly materials such as silver, or treat the water at a slow rate. The low-cost DrinkPure filter, by contrast, is simply screwed onto the top of an existing bottle, and can purify approximately one liter (34 fl oz) of water per minute. DrinkPure was conceived by Jeremy Nussbaumer, a student at the ETH Zurich research institute. Working with a team led by ETH’s Wendelin Stark, he’s created a prototype which weighs just 100 grams (3.5 oz) and that can reportedly meet the hydration needs of one person for up to a year, before needing its filtration media replaced. Users simply fill a regular plastic bottle with untreated water, screw the filter onto the neck of that bottle, and then squeeze the bottle to force the water through. Filtration is carried out via a three-step process. A pre-filter starts by capturing large particles such as sand and plant matter. The water then passes through a layer of activated charcoal, that helps remove odors and chemical contaminants. Finally, a proprietary polymer membrane removes bacteria. This polymer was previously developed by two other students, and contains tiny pores that allow water molecules to pass through, while blocking the passage of microbes. Additionally, the filter as a whole is said to be less expensive and easier to manufacture than most conventional filters. While commercial availability of DrinkPure for people such as hikers is a possibility down the road, Nussbaumer first and foremost wants to see it used in humanitarian aid. To that end, he has recently launched an Indiegogo campaign, to fund field testing of the device in Africa. A pledge of US$89 will get you a filter of your own, assuming the funding goal is met. (via DrinkPure water filter shows promise for worldwide use)

Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq have been taken captive to be sold or married off to extremist fighters, according to the spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry, Kamil Amin.

“We think that these women are going to be used in demeaning ways by those terrorists to satisfy their animalistic urges in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values,” says Amin.

About 50,000 Yazidis — half of them children, according to U.N. figures — fled to the mountains outside Sinjar where many of them remain trapped, and are running out of food and water. Late Thursday, the U.S. military cargo jets dropped humanitarian aid to the mountain.

Read more via The Huffington Post.


Photo by Corinne Baker

Here a MSF team in Kathmandu prepare medical supplies to be used in a mobile clinic for emergency aid.  
In Nepal MSF’s mobile clinics are essential for reaching isolated areas hit by the earthquake’s destruction. Find out more on what MSF is doing in Nepal here: 

Report: More than 4.3M Syrian children need humanitarian aid

Syria’s civil war has left the country’s health system so severely crippled that some patients are “opting to be knocked out with metal bars for lack of anesthesia,” according to a new report by international charity Save the Children.

The report, A Devastating Toll, details the impact of three years of war on the health of the country’s children and adds that more than 10,000 children have been lost as a direct result of the violence.

“We received a little girl with critical injuries; we could do nothing but wait for her to die because we didn’t have the equipment or the medicines. Till now I can’t remove her face from my mind,” said one health worker identified in the report only as Anas.

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(Photo: Omar Sanadiki/AP)

Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza | Middle East Monitor 

The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a “Freedom Flotilla II” which will carry humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim said Thursday.

In statements to Gulf Online, Yildrim said that his organisation has embarked on legal procedures and paperwork required to obtain a permit for the trip. As soon as a final permit is issued, the IHH along with other international organisations will immediately set up the convoy.

The chairman of IHH, a major organiser of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla I, said that Turkish army troops will accompany the ships to protect it from any potential attack, pointing out that his organisation demanded the government to provide protection for them as Turkish citizens.

Maze Keheil, the president of the European Campaign for Lifting the Siege on Gaza, confirmed his campaign’s intention to take part in the new flotilla, as it did in first one in 2010.

Hungr In The News

Kenya: Famine Concerns As Dry Season Starts In

There are concerns over hunger as the country enters what is traditionally the driest season on the calendar. According to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture, although food security is improving, poor families are not off the hook yet. 

UN Launches $3M Food Program In Urban AfghanistanMedical Daily

WFP will contribute $3 million dollars towards a project to help the urban poor cope with high food prices. About 18,900 households including some 113,000 individuals, mostly poor women and households headed by the disabled will benefit from the project. 

Yum CEO Writes Book, Will Give Proceeds To Fight Hunger –Business First

David Novak, CEO and chairman of Yum! Brands Inc. shares his tips for effective leadership in “Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen.” All of Novak’s proceeds from sales will be donated to WFP, in conjunction with Yum’s global hunger relief efforts.

Pepsi Tweet Explained: Street King Nabs Honickman DistributionBevnet

Pure Growth Partners’ co-founder Chris Clarke has lent some context to business partner Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Twitter message that his company had signed a deal for Pepsi to distribute Street King energy shots. As part of the brand message, the company says it will “feed a hungry child” with a donation to WFP with the sale of every shot. 

New Food And Agriculture Organisation Chief Pledges To Prioritise Africa – The Guardian

The new director general of FAO has indicated that Africa will be his priority at a time of limited resources. Graziano da Silva, who played an important role in Brazil’s successful “zero hunger” initiative, argued the key to improving food security in Africa was the political will to eradicate hunger.

Fighting Disrupts Humanitarian Operations In South SudanThe Guardian

UN officials estimate more than 20,000 people have fled into the bush after an outbreak of violence between two tribes in Jonglei state in South Sudan over accusations of cattle rustling. 

Red Cross: 150 Children Lose Contact With Parents While Fleeing Massive South Sudan Violence –The Washington Post

Red Cross volunteers are trying to reconnect 150 young children with their missing parents after tens of thousands of residents of South Sudan ran into the bush while fleeing a massive wave of tribe-on-tribe violence, an official said Tuesday. 

Photo by Armelle Vanderhaghen/MSF

Here the medical team from the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Paoua, Central African Republic pose for a picture outside their medical facility. 

Between March to October 2014 MSF’s operating team at Paoua hospital has performed 1,976 surgical procedures and continues to work tirelessly to provide care to people in the region.

No man’s land: Around 30,000 people have fled the violence along the border between Sudan and South Sudan, and sought refuge in the disputed 23km buffer zone. The conflict and treacherous terrain make it hard to get humanitarian aid to people in need. Cimir Cimir, 11, is waiting for an operation. Unless he has urgent surgery, his legs will have to be amputated. Photo: Jacob Zocherman

Special reports: The Sudans after the divide 

Humanitarianism as a concept died during that mash-up between aid and the military. The military builds schools so they look like humanitarians. Meanwhile, humanitarian organisations were more interested in keeping the donor money flowing than serving the Afghan people, though there were some exceptions.