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Map of the Day: Where CAR Refugees Are Fleeing

Today, 14 humanitarian agencies have launched a joint appeal for $274 million to help refugees from CAR.

Crowdfunding for Health Care in Poor Countries

Ed note. This post, from  Italian journalist Federico Guerrini, appears in Tech President.  In 2012, Bageshwori, a 12-year-old girl from Nepal was suffering from rheumatic heart disease, a condition that prevents blood from essentially moving through the heart, causing constant fatigue, shortness of breath, congestive heart failure, and even death.

Top of the Morning: Boko Haram Strikes Again

Top stories from DAWNS Digest Boko Haram Strikes Again…Two days after an attack on a bus depot in Abuja, the Nigerian terror group has kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in Borno state.

Towards a “Grand Convergence” in Global Health

Ed note.  This op-ed from Gavin Yamey, professor in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco and leader of the Evidence to Policy Initiative; and Helen Saxenian, senior consultant at the Results for Development Institute, Washington, DC is reprinted with permission from Project Syndicate.  SAN FRANCISCO – The world is at a unique historical inflection point.

Top of the Morning: Terror in Abuja

Top stories from DAWNS Digest Scores Killed in Abuja Bus station bombing…At least 71 people are dead after a blast struck a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital.

Ban Ki Moon Calls for More Troops for the Central African Republic

Ban Ki Moon authored a compelling op-ed in the Washington Post today about the situation in the Central African Republic.

Is Rwanda Getting More Repressive?

I speak with Jina Moore about the 20th anniversary commemorations of the Rwanda genocide. Moore is a veteran foreign correspondent in Africa and she currently serves as Buzzfeed’s international women’s rights correspondent.

Top of the Morning: More Worrisome Climate News

Top stories from DAWNS Digest The UN Climate Panel Gives US Another Reason to Worry….Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change formally released their most up-to-date report at a big confab in Berlin.

How to Promote Reconciliation and Recovery in South Sudan

Ed note. This is a guest post by Toby Lanzer, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for South Sudan (Juba, South Sudan) — As the conflict in South Sudan reached its 100th day, images of death, destruction and displacement in the world’s newest nation continued to dominate the image of the country.

UN Rapporteur Takes Hard Line on Aid Agencies Expulsion from Burma

Burma’s Muslim Rohingya minority are faced with an increasingly desperate situation after aid organizations were ejected from the country in March, charged by the government with exhibiting “favoritism” towards the minority group and away from the Buddhist majority.

A Big Vote for Tiny Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau holds the unfortunate distinction of never having a president complete a full five year term.

Top of the Morning: Is Ethiopia the Next Country to Go Anti-Gay?

Top stories from DAWNS Digest. “Two groups in Ethiopia said Thursday that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays. Although gay sex is already outlawed in Ethiopia, the rally set for April 26 comes as the parliament considers making homosexual acts ineligible for presidential pardons.

Can UN Peacekeepers Stop Ethnic Cleansing in the Central African Republic?

The Security Council today approved a new 12,000 strong UN Peacekeeping mission for the Central African Republic.

Will Investors Stop Burma’s Backslide?

Burma, the recent reformation minded darling of Southeast Asia, has been recently hit with ever-increasing ethnic tensions and a spate of threats to international aid workers, coupled with growing uncertainty over the 2015 elections.

Top of the Morning: When the Peace Process Evaporated

Quote of the day: “Poof, that was sort of the moment,”–John Kerry before the US. Senate yesterday. He was referring to the Israeli government’s decision to advance plans to build new settlements while simultaneously reneging on an offer to release Palestinian prisoners.

Why this Ebola Outbreak Has the World Health Organization Worried

The World Health Organization updated reporters today on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. There are now over 175 cases, resulting in 111 deaths across two countries.

Top of the Morning: Violence in Darfur

Top stories from DAWNS Digest Darfur in the Midst of the Worst Violence in a Decade…A militia is wreaking havoc in parts of Darfur and no-one is stopping it.

Lessons of the Rwandan Genocide for the International Community

Twenty years ago, Rwanda’s ethnic tensions descended into a brutal, deadly genocide which took 800,000 lives in less 100 days.

Top of the Morning: Rwanda Genocide Commemorated Today

Top of the Morning from DAWNS Digest.  It Was 20 Years Ago….Rwanda and the International Community is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide today. Who will attend?

Famine Looms in South Sudan, And No One is Doing Enough to Stop It

The UN is warning that the worst famine in Africa since the 1980s Ethiopia famine may befall South Sudan if humanitarian relief to the country is not significantly increased.