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This outbreak is going to show how decimated the UK’s welfare system is, and how it is the most vulnerable in society that will suffer the most. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

Coronavirus: to avoid major humanitarian fallout, UK must act urgently

The UK is on the tipping point of a humanitarian emergency. To tackle this the government must now give more money to local authorities.
The beginning of the year has brought not only a cascade of bad news but also a wealth of great memes. With detached humour, people on the internet are identifying a problem, but the question remains: what do do about it? (Shutterstock)

Coronavirus, climate crisis, conflicts: Meme-ing our way through the ‘apocalypse’

Despite the nihilism and pessimism of internet memes, people ultimately understand the direness of the danger posed by a powerful virus, climate change and global instability.
This child and her mother found refuge at a women’s shelter, but many are unable to find the secure housing they need to escape family violence. Dan Peled/AAP

Another stolen generation looms unless Indigenous women fleeing violence can find safe housing

Indigenous children are admitted to out-of-home care at 11 times the rate for non-Indigenous children. The lack of safe housing for mothers fleeing family violence is a key factor.
Protest in London against the Cameroonian government’s attacks on Ambazonia separatists. Karl Nesh/Shutterstock

How Twitter has been used in Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis

In many instances, social media appears to be amplifying violence, creating a culture of impunity when perpetrators are not held accountable, and increasing insecurity and suspicion.
The public outrage at the killing of Courtney Herron, including a vigil in the park where her body was found, demands more than a knee-jerk response from government. Daniel Pockett/AAP

Look beyond crisis accommodation so people like Courtney Herron aren’t homeless in the first place

The brutal killing of a young homeless woman has led to calls for more crisis accommodation. This is a short-term fix. We have to move beyond crisis management to sustained housing for people at risk.

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