March 04, 2014 | Mark Yarnell | Tagged as: Africa, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security
The conditions for agencies providing assistance are about as tough in CAR and South Sudan as they are anywhere, but the international community has a responsibility to provide the best support possible.
February 28, 2014 | Melanie Teff | Tagged as: Myanmar, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security
In a recent meeting with a group of people displaced by the conflict in Myanmar’s Kachin State, I was reminded of the lack of options with which many displaced people can be left. When I asked the group why they were unable to return to their home villages, they laughed and pointed behind my head. I turned around and saw a line of at least 50 military trucks on the road behind us. They told me that they had seen at least 200 military trucks pass by the camp that day.
February 26, 2014 | Michelle Brown | Tagged as: Mali, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security
With the large-scale humanitarian crises in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, it can be easy to overlook the comparatively smaller humanitarian situation in Mali. However, as a recent briefing paper by the  Internal Displacement Monitoring Center reminds us, there remain acute humanitarian needs in Mali, where almost 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) continue to reside – still more than half of the 350,000 people living in displacement as of June 2013—the peak of the displacement crisis in Mali.  

February 24, 2014 | Mark Yarnell | Tagged as: Africa, Congress, Kenya, Somalia, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security
At the same time that the Kenyan government is ramping up pressure for Somali refugees to return home, the UN Refugee Agency has released new international protection considerations for people fleeing southern and central Somalia. The guidelines highlight the continued risks that these people face and stress the need for ongoing international protection of Somali asylum-seekers.
February 21, 2014 | Guest | Tagged as: Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Protection & Security
By sunset the security forces descend upon Eastleigh with huge trucks; they leave with the trucks full of refugees in handcuffs.