The earthquake that struck Turkey and neighboring Syria on Feb. 6, 2023, was a natural disaster, but its consequences have been shaped by the human tragedy of the Syrian civil war.
Politics stood in the way of a humanitarian response that could have saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives.
The focus of efforts to save the lives of earthquake victims needs to shift to the emerging threats from disease and lack of clean water and shelter.
The negative effects of conflict on human capital – particularly nutrition, health and education – are larger than commonly thought.
The window of survival after an earthquake is narrow and there are three top priorities for aid workers.
In 2018, Africa accounted for 70% of the world’s people displaced by armed conflict and human rights abuses.
The international response to the refugee crisis in Ukraine has been impressive. But humanitarian aid is falling short to help refugees in other countries such as Bangladesh, Yemen and Ethiopia.
Parties to the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region have agreed to end hostilities after two years. Here is a selection of previously published articles on its devastating consequences.
Millions of Somalis are in urgent need of aid. But not enough is being done to reach marginalised groups.
The ongoing humanitarian crisis raises serious questions about future food and water security in the Horn of Africa.
Countries have used starvation as a war strategy for centuries, historically without being prosecuted. Three experts on hunger and humanitarian relief call for holding perpetrators accountable.
Aid workers are supposed to be protected by international humanitarian law. But increasingly they are being targeted by warring parties.
IHOs have learned how to bring warring parties together while at the same time guaranteeing their own security.
Russia has used similar tactics in both countries, including bombings that flatten homes, schools, hospitals and key infrastructure. The humanitarian needs are vast.
Where it’s risky for aid workers to be on the ground, technology could help.
Nearly all of the 129 aid workers killed on the job in 2021 were from the countries where they lost their lives.
As the invasion continues, humanitarian workers could become a target of the Russian army.
To date, the program has provided nearly $10 million to roughly 137,000 of the country’s poorest citizens.
The money is evenly split between military support and funds for economic, humanitarian and other needs.
Tens of thousands of Ukrainians are using humanitarian corridors to leave the country. But these routes are often announced for political reasons and do not always offer safety