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October 07, 2013 Guest Climate Displacement, Haiti, Americas, Humanitarian Response

It’s been over three years since the earthquake in Haiti devastated the capital Port-au-Prince, killing an estimated 230,000 people and leaving 1.2 million homeless.

October 04, 2013 Michelle Brown Africa, Mali, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children

In the two months since Mali elected a new president, cautious optimism has prevailed throughout the country. The French military intervention succeeded in driving out Al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the north and has paved the way for the central government to reestablish its authority throughout the country. The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has begun the process of deploying peacekeepers, although the mission won’t be fully operational until the end of the year.

October 04, 2013 Jamie Armstrong Dominican Republic, Haiti, Americas, Statelessness, Women & Children

Juliana Dequis Pierre is 29 years old and lives in Yamasa in the Dominican Republic (DR). She attended school until the fifth grade but cannot read. Juliana has four children and works as a maid, earning the equivalent of $140 a week. And as of two weeks ago, she is stateless.

October 02, 2013 Caelin Briggs Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

As we start the month of October, we thought it would be good to take stock of the recent developments in South Sudan, and to highlight some of the issues RI will be watching over the coming months.

September 30, 2013 Marcy Hersh Africa, Mali, Humanitarian Response, Women & Children

This post originally appeared at SahelNOW.

Mbera is the biggest refugee camp that you've never heard of. With a population of more than 70,000 refugees, Mbera is the sixth largest camp in the world. It is located in a remote area of Mauritania near the border with Mali, and since early 2012, a mix of Tuareg and Arab refugees from northern Mali have fled across the border into this highly arid region.

September 26, 2013 Mark Yarnell Africa, Kenya, Somalia

On Saturday, militants stormed the Westgate mall in downtown Nairobi, throwing grenades and executing shoppers and diners. The latest death toll stands at 67, but bodies are still being recovered from the damaged building so that number could rise.

September 25, 2013 Alice Thomas Africa, Burkina Faso, Climate Displacement, Mali, Niger, Humanitarian Response

Despite forecasts indicating a good harvest this fall, millions of vulnerable people across West Africa’s Sahel region will not have enough food to eat again this year. Many are still reeling from 2011-12, when poor rains and high food prices left 18 million people without sufficient food and a million children at risk of starvation.

September 24, 2013 Michelle Brown Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Niger, South Sudan, Syria, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

With midtown Manhattan at a virtual standstill, the annual UN General Assembly speeches, side meetings, and high-level events have begun. But can this grand event produce solutions to the world’s most pressing problems?

September 16, 2013 Daryl Grisgraber Egypt, Syria, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Protection & Security

Since last month’s chemical weapons attack, Syria has chased the coup and chaos in Egypt off the front pages. Nevertheless, both crises continue to shake the social and political foundation of the Middle East. This has been true, on and off, since early 2011. But now the two countries’ crises are converging in a worrying new trend: the flow of Syrian refugees into – and then out of – Egypt.

September 16, 2013 Garrett Bradford Africa, Somalia, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children

My colleague, Mark Yarnell, and I were recently in Mogadishu, Somalia. Anyone visiting Mogadishu can see the new construction and other evidence of money flowing back into this city, which was devastated by years of conflict. As Mark and I drove around, we also saw the downside of these changes. Many sites where internally displaced people (IDPs) were living a year ago had since been cleared by private landowners and the government.

September 13, 2013 Mark Yarnell Africa, Somalia, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children

I have just completed a five day trip to Mogadishu where my colleague, Garrett Bradford, and I visited camps for internally displaced people (IDPs). There are more than 300,000 IDPs living in makeshift shelters in camps spread across the Somali capital. Some camps, like the one near the dilapidated Parliament building, are teeming with thousands of families. Others consist of just a few dozen people living on private, undeveloped housing lots.

September 12, 2013 Sushetha Gopallawa Myanmar, Humanitarian Response, Asia

More than 100,000 people are now living in displacement camps in northern Myanmar, driven from their homes by conflict between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). While about a third of these individuals are living in government-controlled areas, the vast majority are located in zones controlled by the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), the KIA’s political wing.

September 09, 2013 Caelin Briggs Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

In recent weeks, stories from the unfolding crisis in Jonglei State, South Sudan, have started reaching Western newspapers. More than 100,000 people are estimated to be displaced, trapped in soon-to-be malaria-infested swamps beyond the reach of aid agencies. The government of South Sudan has denied access to the displaced and wounded, leading to fears that the situation in this severely food-insecure state could rapidly deteriorate into a full-scale humanitarian emergency.

September 05, 2013 Marc Hanson Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Women & Children

As Hassan shuffled around the room with my camera in hand, snapping photos of his cousin Juhanah, his grandmother told the story of how their extended family came to share this simple concrete dwelling in southern Turkey. Like the stories of many other Syrian families taking refuge in neighboring countries, hers was one of trauma, loss, and uncertainty.

September 04, 2013 Guest Africa, Ethiopia - Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children

In a surprising reversal of government policy, Kenya’s High Court recently struck down a government mandate that, if implemented, would have forced refugees out of Nairobi and relocated them into camps.

September 03, 2013 Mark Yarnell Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

It has been nearly a year since Somalia established a new federal government, ostensibly ending years of political transition. Some areas in Somalia are indeed experiencing increased stability and economic revival, but overall, a severe and complex humanitarian crisis continues and many challenges remain – especially for the country’s 1.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs).

August 29, 2013 Daryl Grisgraber Lebanon, Syria, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Women & Children

As the number of Syrian refugees continues to grow and host communities feel the crunch, Lebanon is considering changes to its immigration policies which would limit the number of Syrian arrivals. Lebanon has been very welcoming toward Syrians so far, but with Syrian refugees now comprising roughly 25 percent of its population, there are fears that the demographic balance of the country is in jeopardy. Many here also worry that high social tensions related to the refugee influx could cause internal conflict.

August 26, 2013 Caelin Briggs Africa, DR Congo, Rwanda

On Friday morning, the sound of mortar shells could be heard from Mugunga III displaced camp in eastern Congo. For the 160,000 displaced persons living in the Mugunga camps, it carried with it a new threat that comes all too soon after last year’s siege of the nearby town of Goma.

August 21, 2013 Caelin Briggs Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security

For much of the year, Yida refugee camp on the border of Sudan and South Sudan is hot, dry, and seemingly barren. (Watch our video to get a glimpse of camp life.) Yida’s 70,000 residents depend almost entirely on the World Food Program (WFP) for nutritional support, and receive rations of sorghum, yellow peas, oil, and salt. This diet has brought many people back from the brink of severe malnutrition. But while the refugees may not be starving, today we are seeing a new challenge emerge: nutrient deficiency.

August 19, 2013 Marc Hanson Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Protection & Security, Women & Children

This past weekend, my colleague Daryl Grisgraber and I touched town in Beirut to begin Refugees International’s fifth mission focused on Syrian refugees.