Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010 at 11:41 am
Concern works with 10,000 displaced families in Masisi Province in eastern DRC. Photo: Michael MacSweeney, Masisi, DRC for Concern Worldwide
I have been a humanitarian worker for more than 14 years in some very tough environments, including Angola and Zimbabwe. But working as Concern Worldwide’s Country Director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the past two years has definitely been one of the greatest challenges of my career—and one of the most humbling experiences of my life.
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Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 3:46 pm
Since the early days of its founding, the UN has designated days and weeks to draw the world’s attention to critical global issues. The yearly calendar, approved by the General Assembly, has almost 50 UN days listed ranging from the well -known “World AIDS Day” to more unusual ones, such as “International Mother Tongue Day.”
This Wednesday Aug. 19, at a ceremony in the lobby of the UN, a new day will be formally added to the calendar when UN Secretary General Ban Kii Moon launches “World Humanitarian Day.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 3:39 pm
Currently, Chad is hosting some 268,000 Sudanese and 74,000 CAR refugees and attacks by armed militias and rebels, inter-ethnic violence and tensions over land access have led to the internal displacement of more than 170,000 Chadians.
Aid agencies are trying to provide assistance to as many people as possible according to key humanitarian principles, such as impartiality, independence and neutrality.
But access to the affected populations can be very difficult and even dangerous for humanitarian workers. Just recently two humanitarian workers were kidnapped in the border town of Adé and so far only one has been released. Last year, the head of an international NGO was shot dead while travelling in eastern Chad. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Concern’s Afghanistan program focuses on the areas of agriculture and environmental protection, water and environmental health. It is a combination of humanitarian and development projects.
In the first six months of 2009 over 1,000 civilians had been killed through conflict in Afghanistan. This is a 24 percent increase in the rate from last year. Through the line of work five humanitarian aid workers were murdered and five were seriously injured. This is the context in which we operate. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
As World Humanitarian Day approaches, I have just returned from a five-day visit to Masisi, in North Kivu Province – part of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that’s been hardest hit by conflict over recent decades.
Tens of thousands of people, who have been displaced numerous times by warring national and regional groups, are eeking out a living on what should be fertile soil. Many are not so lucky. There are more than 200,000 internally displaced in Masisi. Some 10,000 of them are living in camps in the Masisi town center. Read the rest of this entry »