Red Cross forensic specialist Stephen Fonseca, right, searches for bodies in a field of ruined maize in Magaru, Mozambique, after Cyclone Idai, April 4, 2019.
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Meet the unsung aid workers who put their lives on the line during war and natural disaster to make sure the dead are treated with respect – and that their grieving families get closure.
Women and girls are at high risk of sexual exploitation in disaster situations.
Women in disaster zones are frequently targeted by sexual predators who take advantage of their vulnerability.
Cholera vaccines have been given to people in Beira after an outbreak following Cyclone Idai.
Cyclone Idai showed just how unprepared SADC is to respond to major natural disasters.
Venezuelans have faced food and medicine shortages since late 2015. Now power outages have cut off water supplies, too.
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As rival factions vie for control over Venezuela, many of the country’s 31 million people are suffering prolonged power outages, food and water shortages, and limited access to medicine.
Aid from UNICEF being distributed to Syrian refugees at a flooded camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Jan. 10, 2019.
The Syrian civil war has ended, but there are millions of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. With danger from a hostile regime back in Syria, what will happen to them now?
Clashes between opposition protesters and Venezuelan soldiers at the Venezuela-Brazil border have killed an estimated 25 people.
AP Photo/Edmar Barros
Brazil's president has threatened military intervention in neighboring Venezuela, called its leader a 'dictator' and sent troops to the border. But Brazil's military is quietly working to avoid war.
Venezuelan soldiers stand guard on the bridge linking their country and Colombia, under orders to obstruct U.S. humanitarian aid.
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These shipments are rarely just about saving lives.
Fighting deadly diseases such as Ebola is a strong case for providing donor aid to authoritarian countries like the DRC.
Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
Some 5,000 Venezuelans flee the country’s violence, tyranny and hunger every day, creating an historic migration crisis that rivals Syria’s.
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Trump has called Venezuela a 'human tragedy' and threatened invasion while quietly deporting and denying asylum to Venezuelan refugees. His anti-socialist rhetoric may make for good midterm politics.
The flood damage from Hurricane Harvey, including this Friendswood, Texas, house, will take years to repair.
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The urge to provide disaster aid is borne out of the best characteristics of humanity. But it's important to consider when to donate to disaster survivors, along with what and to whom to give.
Loading new furniture donated to Hurricane Irma survivors in Chokoloskee, Fla.
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The billions of dollars worth of aid dispatched every year to alleviate the suffering and damage after earthquakes and hurricanes would do more good if it didn't get clumped up.
Kenya Red Cross workers transport emergency relief supplies to flood victims in Tana River County.
The security of local aid agency workers on the front line hasn't been prioritised.
Kofi Annan in 2009.
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While his appointment as UN Secretary-General was a huge breakthrough, Kofi Annan also led the organisation through some of its ugliest moments.
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The Caribbean braces for another hurricane season even as many nations remain crippled by the catastrophic damage of 2017. Here, experts assess the region's difficult and costly storm recovery.
Australian forces will need to be prepared for natural disaster relief missions.
Damian Pawlenko/Dept of Defence
Australia faces many security issues driven by climate change, including more international migration and an increase in defence personnel being sent on disaster relief missions, a Senate inquiry has found.
Beginning the recovery in Bogalay, Myanmar on May 8, 2008.
One hundred and forty thousand people died when a major hurricane hit Myanmar in 2008. Would the country be better prepared today?
AI seems able to answer questions at the heart of humanitarianism – questions such as who we should save, and how to be effective at scale.
A UN aid agency distributes free mosquito nets in Ethiopia.
Poor countries aren't receiving the most foreign aid. Why? And what should be done?
Some 17,000 U.S. troops aided in the Caribbean relief effort after hurricanes Irma and Maria. That’s roughly equivalent to the U.S. military’s humanitarian mission in the Philippines after Typhoon Hiyan in 2013.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Compared to its foreign disaster missions, the US military mobilized slowly after Maria. But in numbers, capacity and logistics coordination, its work in Puerto Rico was on par with other aid efforts.
Some women in refugee camps are afraid to go to distribution points to pick up aid packets because of fear of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Survival sex – the exchange of sexual favours for aid packets – happens in refugee camps everywhere. Victims are not protected by international human rights law.