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Meet a 2015-er: Arelys Bellorini

“We’re hoping the Declaration includes a vision of the child as it was included in the Millennium  Goals declaration, in the Rio+20 declaration, and in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Top UN Officials Warn of Ebola’s Stubborn Persistence in West Africa

Today, at the IMF-World Bank Group Spring Meeting leaders of the three Ebola-affected West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, will share their plans for early recovery and efforts to rebuild resilient health systems.

Congress “Fast Tracks” Pacific Free Trade Bill

A rare moment of unity that could have profound global development consequences. “A deal reached by lawmakers Thursday would pave the way for President Barack Obama to conclude a major Pacific trade agreement with rare Republican help, but the measure is triggering a fight within a Democratic Party increasingly opposed to liberalizing trade.

Why We Should Be Paying Attention to Burundi Right Now

Ahead of June presidential elections, times are tense in Burundi. This has never been the most stable of countries in the region–far from it.

Palestinians in Syria are Stuck in “The Deepest Circle of Hell”

When the Yarmouk refugee camp outside Damascus was overrun by ISIS, a bad situation got much worse. Ban Ki moon called it “the deepest circle of hell” and UN humanitarian agencies are struggling to help people escape from the encampment.

A Pogrom in South Africa

At least five African immigrants in Durban have already been killed in a vicious spate of violence that threatens to spread to other cities.

Tragedy in the Mediterranean

Update: I first posted this podcast interview with John Dalhuisen of Amnesty International in early February, after the year’s first migrant boat tragedy claimed nearly 300 people.

400 Migrants Feared Lost at Sea in the Mediterranean

These are entirely avoidable tragedies. “Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children that an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned.

It’s the Anniversary of #BringBackOurGirls. The Girls are Still Gone.

On the one year anniversary of the abductions of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria two international organizations released reports that tell a damning story of Boko Haram’s campaign against civilians.

It’s the One Year Anniversary of the #BringBackOurGirls Abductions

On April 14, 2014 hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria. “Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 2,000 women and girls since the beginning of last year, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, a year on from the mass abduction of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls.

Episode 60: Andrew Mack

Andrew Mack coined the term “asymmetric warfare.” Before that he was a diamond prospector in colonial Sierra Leone.

#NigeriaDecides, Again!

Fresh off a successful presidential election, Nigerians are once again casting ballots. This time, its for governorships.

5 Things About the IAEA That May Surprise You

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been in the news recently as negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran reached a framework agreement that will give the UN nuclear watchdog the crucial task of verifying Iran’s compliance with the deal–and making sure Tehran does not cheat.

New Push for Peace in South Sudan

The “troika” is back. “Heavyweight international powers will pressure South Sudan’s leaders to end civil war, diplomats said Thursday, with the African Union, United Nations, United States and China to kickstart stalled peace talks.

Yemen is a Hot Mess

Yemen is the latest country in the region to collapse. Shi’ite rebels have taken control of much of the country and Saudi Arabia has launched a military campaign to re-install the ousted government.

New Data on Foreign Aid

Lot’s of interesting tidbits from the OECD’s latest data drop. “Aid spending by the world’s richest states hovered around an all-time high last year, but development assistance to the least-developed countries (LDCs) fell by 16% from the year before, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has said.

Meet a 2015-er: Richard Fuller

“I think if you add up the number of deaths from air pollution, contaminated sites, and sanitation – these are the three main types of pollution – the total number is 8.9 million…a year.

Could France Soon Face a Public Reckoning Over its Role in the Rwandan Genocide?

On April 7, the International Day of Reflection on the Rwandan Genocide, France announced it was going to declassify a trove of documents from that era to help shed light on the events that unfolded over two decades ago.

Why #147notjustanumber is Such an Important Hashtag

A powerful social media campaign is underway to humanize the victims of the Garissa University attack in Kenya.

One Doctor’s Account of Yemen Under Siege

It’s not often (ever?) that I would copy and paste and entire press release. But this note from MSF that just landed in my inbox is absolutely harrowing.