Humanitarian response Headlines

  • The Guardian view on Yemen: our complicity lies bare

    Even if the UK warned against attacking the vital port of Hodeidah, we bear responsibility for the horrors of this war The fig leaves covered little to start with, and withered long ago. Now the excuses for our role in Yemen’s misery have fallen away entirely. The assault on Hodeidah by the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition can only deepen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis; 70% of the country’s imports pass through the port. Britain and France urged Saudi Arabia not to launch the attack, but...

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  • The Observer view on migrants dying because Europe is pandering to populism

    The plight of rescue ship Aquarius highlights the horrific consequences of failed migration policies The plight of Aquarius, the rescue ship carrying 629 migrants, stands as a potent reminder of the dire failings of European migration policy. No matter that the ship carried seven pregnant women and more than a hundred unaccompanied children rescued at sea as they tried to make the desperate, dangerous crossing from Libya to Italy. First Italy, then Malta, refused the ship entry to their ports....

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  • Yemen port city gripped by panic and fear as Saudi-led forces close in

    Battle for rebel-held Hodeidah could cut aid lifeline for hundreds of thousands of people trapped in dire conditions, say agencies Families in Hodeidah, Yemen, were trapped inside their homes “waiting for their destiny”, as Saudi-backed forces began closing in on the city. On Wednesday, the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government began an assault on the port, a vital lifeline for the humanitarian aid that sustains the majority of the population. About 80% of Yemenis are in need of...

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  • Smug ideas festivals in refugee camps can't mask the grim reality

    The TEDx event at Kenya’s Kakuma embodies the cynical rebranding of refugees as ‘entrepreneurs’ The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has just co-hosted a festival, the TEDxKakumaCamp, the first-ever TEDx event held in a refugee camp. The talks were organised under the euphoric theme of “Thrive” and promised to tell “stories that uplift and inspire not just the communities that host them but the entire world”. This theme was in keeping with the TED brand, which typically consists of speakers narrating...

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  • Italy shuts ports to rescue boat with 629 migrants on board

    Italy asks Malta to allow boat to land after 629 people rescued off coast of Libya Italy will refuse to let a humanitarian boat carrying more than 600 migrants dock at any of its ports and has asked the Mediterranean island of Malta to open its doors to the vessel, an official said on Sunday. Malta said it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, opening the prospect of a diplomatic stand-off between the two European Union allies. Continue reading...

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