Tag Archives: Humanitarian

Cultures in Conflict series | INFORUM | Fargo, ND

This is quite an impressive series of articles from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. There’s a link at the bottom of this web clip that takes you to the other pieces in the series, so far. Good reading.

Cultures in Conflict: Woman who fled Burundi’s violence finds home in Fargo

Cultures in Conflict: Woman who fled Burundi’s violence finds home in Fargo

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FARGO – Fifteen years ago, Laetitia Mizero found herself once again a refugee in her own country.

Kristen Daum
, June 11, 2011

How to minimize exposure to radioactive substances (NHK WORLD English)

Click through to the original source and there is also a video

How to minimize exposure to radioactive substances

Here are some points to be careful of in radiation leaks.

Radioactive substances emitted from nuclear power plants contain iodine and rare gases.

In order to prevent exposure indoors, windows and doors should be closed and air conditioners and other forms of ventilation turned off.

When outdoors, people are advised to wear masks or cover their mouths and noses with wet towels or handkerchiefs to prevent inhalation of radioactive substances.

Skin should be exposed as little as possible.

Measures should also be taken to prevent internal exposure through inhalation and consumption of food.

If radio active substances accumulate, the human body could be affected over the long term.

Upon returning home from outdoors, people should change their clothes and wash their hands and faces.

They should also avoid drinking well water and eating food that has been left outdoors.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:29 +0900 (JST)

Advanced economies cope better with disasters

It has always seemed to me that the worst devastation in natural disasters befalls the poor. That is not to say that people with money cannot be harmed but the ability to adapt plays a significant role in recovery from any situation.

By Alan Wheatley, Global Economics CorrespondentPosted 2011/03/13 at 10:16 am EDT

BEIJING, Mar. 13, 2011 (Reuters) — The earthquake that devastated northeast Japan displaced the country’s main island by 2.4 meters and even tilted the axis of the Earth by nearly 10 centimeters. The shock sounds awesome but it was imperceptible. History suggests the same will be true of the economic impact.

Smoke and scattered containers are seen at a devastated factory area after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The instinctive reaction when viewing the extensive damage and frantic efforts to secure damaged nuclear reactors is to assume economic havoc will follow.

But researchers who have studied similar disasters in rich countries reach a reassuring conclusion: human resilience and resourcefulness, allied to an ability to draw down accumulated wealth, enable economies to rebound quickly from what seem at first to be unbearable inflictions – be it the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York or Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake, the worst in Japan’s history.

Read the rest at newsdaily.com

Japan earthquake: Can you tsunami-proof a country?

Japan’s massive earthquake has sparked a tsunami which has caused further devastation. But what can be done to tsunami-proof a country?

It is a terrifying illustration of man’s vulnerability to nature, and the tsunami that has struck the Japanese coast illustrates the difficulty, even for a prosperous nation, of preparing for such an onslaught.

Dr Tiziana Rossetto, a reader in earthquake engineering at University College London, says there is much that contingency planners can do to minimise damage and loss of life.

Read the article at bbc.co.uk

Statement by President Barack Obama on the Violence in Cote d’Ivoire

Source: Government of the United States of America

Date: 09 Mar 2011

I strongly condemn the abhorrent violence against unarmed civilians in Cote d’Ivoire. I am particularly appalled by the indiscriminate killing of unarmed civilians during peaceful rallies, many of them women, including those who were gunned down as they marched in support of the legitimately elected President Alassane Ouattara. Reports indicate that the women were shot to death by security forces loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo. On March 8—the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day—we saw pictures of women peacefully rallying with signs that said, “Don’t shoot us”—a strong testament to the bravery of women exercising their right of peaceful assembly.

The United States remains deeply concerned about escalating violence, including the deepening humanitarian and economic crisis and its impact in Cote d’Ivoire and neighboring countries. All armed parties in Cote d’Ivoire must make every effort to protect civilians from being targeted, harmed, or killed. The United States reiterates its commitment to work with the international community to ensure that perpetrators of such atrocities be identified and held individually accountable for their actions.

As we have said since the election results in Cote d’Ivoire were certified: the people of Cote d’Ivoire elected Alassane Ouattara as their President, and Laurent Gbagbo lost the election. Former President Gbagbo’s efforts to hold on to power at the expense of his own country are an assault on the universal rights of his people, and the democracy that the Cote d’Ivoire deserves. The people of Cote d’Ivoire have extraordinary talent and potential, and they deserve leadership that is responsive to their hopes and aspirations. It is time for former President Gbagbo to heed the will of his people, and to complete a peaceful transition of power to President Ouattara.

Pimp my aid worker

Pimp my aid worker


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Video via www.pimpmyaid.org, no kidding!


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