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September 1 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Sep 1 2014, 05:22:00

Iraqi security forces and militia attack Isis positions in Sulaiman Bek, near the town of Amerli in northern Iraq, following US air strikes. Amerli had been under siege since June following Isis's encirclement of the settlement. The 15,000 residents received aid from from American, British, French and Australian forces before the Iraqi forces' offensive Continue reading...

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August 30 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Sat Aug 30 2014, 06:00:11

Biosense co-founder says the internet and mobile phones could help the poorest people find solutions for their own problems

Myshkin Ingawale approaches life with perpetual delight and curiosity. Its what helped him invent a bloodless anemia test, and other tools to turn smartphones into mobile medical labs. Now, hes turning his brainpower to facilitating the idea that people from the developing world should be authors of their own solutions. There is no better time than now, he says, when the internet provides a breeding ground for collaboration and innovation. For Myshkin, the next big thing is about connecting the right people so that they can come up with the next big thing themselves.

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August 25 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Aug 25 2014, 05:00:11

Azzam al-Saqqa is working for Christian Aid in Gaza. Using just the camera on his phone and WhatsApp, he has captured images of both devastation and joy to send to friends and colleagues around the world, from battered buildings and empty beaches, to children playing in a UN shelter. Some of his words and pictures are recorded here

In Gaza, people do everything too quickly. We go to the toilet too quickly, fearing it will be targeted while we are inside. We do the work too quickly, fearing the offices will be targeted at any time. We distribute food and water quickly, fearing distribution points will be hit. We even pray too quickly, fearing well be killed while praying.

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August 22 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Fri Aug 22 2014, 13:37:38

18 - 22 August: Catch up with all the development-related news you may have missed this week

Arvind Subramanian, the economist who is front-runner in the race to become chief economic adviser in Indias finance ministry.

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August 21 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Thu Aug 21 2014, 11:11:25

500 days until the end of the MDGs, Marc Van Amerigen, head of Gain, possibly nutritions most polarising organisation, reflects

It is worth remembering that nutrition didnt feature at all in the first set of goals. It was the forgotten MDG, says Marc Van Amerigen.

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From Aid | The Guardian Thu Aug 21 2014, 06:18:26

In the midst of the Ebola crisis, our panel discuss what lessons can be learned from this epidemic before the next one strikes

Stop relying on Europe and the US to control epidemics: More African universities, scientists and doctors doing research and who drive their own agendas based on local needs, would help Africans deal with these issues directly.

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August 19 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Aug 19 2014, 15:36:11

Médecins Sans Frontières chief claims response to catastrophe is 'almost zero', with nations most concerned with self protection

The international community has made "almost zero" response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, with western leaders more interested in protecting their own countries than helping contain the crisis that has now claimed more than 1,200 lives, a senior international aid worker said on Tuesday.

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From Aid | The Guardian Tue Aug 19 2014, 06:28:08

What do aid workers pack when assigned on a mission abroad? Heres a few picks from our recent assignment

When humanitarians find themselves in the field, conflict and lack of resources often mean that the contents of their backpacks will be invaluable to getting the job done.

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From Aid | The Guardian Tue Aug 19 2014, 06:17:51

For humanitarian workers, last year was the most dangerous on record, with 155 killed. World Humanitarian Day which marks the anniversary of the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 when 22 people died is intended to highlight the plight of aid workers. We profile 10 people working in some of the worlds most dangerous areas, who reveal in their own words why they do it

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August 18 2014

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Aug 18 2014, 19:01:05

Figures released for World Humanitarian Day show 2013 was most dangerous yet, with 155 deaths and 134 kidnappings

Last year was the most dangerous on record for humanitarian workers, with 155 killed, 171 seriously wounded and 134 kidnapped as they attempted to help others in some of the worlds most dangerous places, new research has shown.

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