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July 26 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Sat Jul 26 2014, 04:30:00

Waheed was an ordinary boy who played football and loved sci-fi movies. This year, he blew himself up in Aleppo. Abu Jamal left to join the jihadis. Tauqir is an aid worker who can never come home. This is the story of Britons risking their lives in Syria, and the families left behind

The last time Abdul Waheed Majeed spoke to his family, it was on a crackling telephone line from Syria at the end of January. He had arrived six months earlier on an aid convoy organised by his local mosque in Crawley, and had been working in refugee camps along the Syrian-Turkish border, laying pipes and delivering food to those displaced by a grinding civil war.

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July 25 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Fri Jul 25 2014, 13:35:00

21-25 July: Catch up with all the development-related news you may have missed this week

Diaspora African Womens Network, who have been honoured with an African Diaspora Bridge Builder Award.

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July 24 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Thu Jul 24 2014, 22:23:20

At least 39 Australians working on aid projects told to leave due to ongoing attacks by militant Islamic group al-Shabaab

Australian volunteers in Kenya are being sent home as western embassies cut staff numbers due to ongoing terror attacks by the militant Islamic group al-Shabaab.

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From Aid | The Guardian Thu Jul 24 2014, 10:40:17

Two women from Christian organisation murdered as they took taxi in Herat, after separate attack in northern town kills six

Two Finnish aid workers have been shot dead in the centre of Herat city, western Afghanistan, hours after a homemade bomb killed at least six people in a northern town.

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From Aid | The Guardian Thu Jul 24 2014, 01:44:52

Charity figure says the country is more interested in 'sucking up to China' than helping poor in Africa

Bob Geldof has attacked the Australian governments cutting of foreign aid programs, saying that as one of the richest countries in the world it had an obligation to help poorer regions.

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July 23 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Wed Jul 23 2014, 22:41:53

Providing aid to the world's poorest should be a duty, not a victim of arbitrary budget cuts. Cameron's approach is more moral than the Abbott government's

It might surprise you that the case for increased investment in foreign aid has recently been powerfully articulated by that well-known bleeding heart, David Cameron. Rising to the podium at the G8 Nutrition for Growth conference in June last year, the Tory prime minister championed the value of providing aid to the worlds poorest people: "It says something about this country. It says something about our standing in the world and our sense of duty in helping others.

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From Aid | The Guardian Wed Jul 23 2014, 00:00:05

Grand infrastructure projects would turn the east coast city of Wonsan into a modern tourist haven if they get off the ground. NK News reports

North Korean authorities have announced an ambitious development project for the east coast city of Wonsan that will include the construction of an underwater hotel, according to the state-owned media outlet The Pyongyang Times.

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July 22 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 12:27:16

Africa loses more to the west than it gains in aid. NGOs must challenge governments rather than congratulate them

The UK is a world leader in development aid. It's also a leader in greenhouse gas emissions, tax haven networks, and taking corporate profits out of Africa which cause far more poverty there than aid relieves. Yet, the continent is often portrayed as "needing our help" and the question we must answer is what role have international NGOs including my own, Health Poverty Action played in portraying Africa as a continent in need of help?

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July 17 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Thu Jul 17 2014, 02:00:02

Despite overwhelming evidence that a stitch in time saves nine, aid spending on prevention and preparedness remains tiny

2013 was a record year for worldwide spending on humanitarian relief. Millions of people were affected by three very different crises in Syria, the Central African Republic and the Philippines each designated as the highest level of emergency by the UN. South Sudan was also plunged into crisis at the end of the year.

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July 16 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Wed Jul 16 2014, 07:51:47

Ban Ki-moon calls for $2.2bn to help eradicate epidemic as row over UN's role in introducing cholera to Haiti rumbles on

The UN secretary general has flown to Haiti on a "necessary pilgrimage" to support the fight against cholera, a disease that many Haitians blame UN peacekeepers for introducing to the Caribbean country.

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