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October 22 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Wed Oct 22 2014, 10:02:20

Thirty years on, Michael Buerks broadcast remains a watershed moment in crisis reporting, but what is its lasting legacy?

The 30th anniversary of a key moment in modern TV journalism will be marked on 23 October: Michael Buerks broadcast of a biblical famine, filmed in a remote part of northern Ethiopia. The images shot by Kenyan cameraman Mohammed Amin, together with Buerks powerful words, produced one of the most famous television reports of the late 20th century.

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October 21 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Oct 21 2014, 14:41:06

Minister visits Freetown clinic as part of UK £125m response to crisis, meeting nurse who returned after recovering from virus

The international development secretary, Justine Greening, has met British medics Will Pooley and Oliver Johnson at a Freetown clinic just hours after arriving in Sierra Leone as part of the UKs response to the Ebola crisis.

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October 20 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Oct 20 2014, 13:22:17

Chinese government is among the top donors with £40m in aid, but its corporate sector, despite economic ties, has done little

Chinas corporations and billionaires have lagged behind in contributions to fighting the Ebola epidemic in west Africa, despite multiple economic ties to the region, the World Food Programme said on Monday.

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October 19 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Sun Oct 19 2014, 14:28:15

Kofi Annan is right to criticise the slow reaction by the west to the Ebola crisis (Follow Britains example on Ebola, David Cameron tells world leaders, 17 October 2014). However, I do not agree that if the crisis had hit some other region it probably would have been handled very differently. In fact, when you look at the evolution of the crisis, the international community really woke up when the disease got to America and Europe. Mr Annan knows very well that there would be no need for the west to help Africa fight Ebola today if most of the £550bn given to the continent as development aid since independence, had not been diverted to fund local leaders luxury lifestyles.

Yet the insinuation of racism is too often used to morally blackmail western governments into taking, or not ...

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October 18 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Sat Oct 18 2014, 19:05:45

Film-maker Sorious Samura, recently returned from Liberia, says Ebola is still not under control, with cultural practices and data problems masking the true extent of the epidemic

The true death toll from the Ebola epidemic is being masked by chaotic data collection and peoples reluctance to admit that their loved ones had the virus, according to one of west Africas most celebrated film-makers.

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October 17 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Fri Oct 17 2014, 13:34:52

The cogs of international aid are finally turning heres how the money is being coordinated and what its being spent on

The Ebola crisis has exposed failings in the ability of leading global institutions to respond to an admittedly unprecedented health emergency. As world leaders chide one another for failing to dedicate enough funds to fighting the virus in west Africa, and the consequences of neglecting health systems in some of the worlds poorest countries become ever more obvious, the cogs of international aid are beginning to turn. But the money is only dribbling in slowly, and there are concerns that the virus is already out of control in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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October 15 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Wed Oct 15 2014, 12:09:45

Funds, personnel and equipment arriving too late or not at all as WHO warns of hefty shortfall in global aid response to Ebola

Governments have pledged millions of dollars of aid, volunteer medics are signing up to work on the frontline and individuals are digging into their pockets to address what the World Health Organisation (WHO) calls unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times. But with death tolls relentlessly rising, the biggest donors are increasingly calling on other countries to step up.

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October 14 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Oct 14 2014, 12:14:51

World Food Programme says cuts will affect up to one million of the 3.7 million Afghans it helps to feed

Funding shortfalls have forced the World Food Programme to cut rations for up to a million people in Afghanistan, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds down.

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From Aid | The Guardian Tue Oct 14 2014, 02:00:18

Credit Suisse study shows inequality accelerating, with NGOs saying it shows economic recovery skewed towards wealthy

The richest 1% of the worlds population are getting wealthier, owning more than 48% of global wealth, according to a report published on Tuesday which warned growing inequality could be a trigger for recession.

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October 13 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Oct 13 2014, 02:00:11

Aid agencies warn that millions of people already traumatised by conflict could face famine next year if fighting resumes

With the eyes of the world focused on conflict in Syria and Iraq, and the seemingly inexorable spread of Ebola in west Africa, the worlds newest nation stands at a critical juncture.

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