The Smallest Victims - By Ruth Sherlock | Foreign... →
The war in Libya has taken a shocking, wrenching toll on the children of Misrata and Benghazi.
For First Time, Unicef Reveals Differences in... →
The United Nations Children’s Fund on Friday publicly listed for the first time the price it pays for vaccines. The decision — which immediately revealed wide disparities in what vaccine makers charge — could lead to drastic cuts in prices for vaccines that save millions of children’s lives. Unicef paid $747 million for vaccines last year, buying over two billion doses for 58 percent of the...
Why western aid workers are coming under threat |... →
Around the world, more aid workers are being killed, kidnapped or attacked than ever before. Lethal attacks on aid workers have grown from around 30 a year in the mid 1990s to over 150 in 2008. They have grown primarily because in countries from Sudan to Pakistan, Chad and Papua New Guinea, aid and humanitarian organisations are seen as ever more complicit with state militaries and a western...
Pakistan media ridicules military after attack on... →
Pakistan’s military was ridiculed and accused of complicity in the media on Tuesday after a small group of militants laid siege to a naval air base, holding out for 16 hours against hundreds of commandos and rangers.
The Young and the Betrothed - An FP Slide Show |... →
More than 50 million girls under the age of 17 in developing countries are married; millions more are at risk of being forced into child marriages. The practice is rife in Afghanistan, particularly in rural areas. Photographer Stephanie Sinclair captured some of these young women.
Daily brief: new batch of Pakistan WikiLeaks... →
Partnering with Pakistan’s Dawn and India’s NDTV and The Hindu, the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks has released a new batch of U.S. diplomatic cables related to Pakistan.
Child Brides - National Geographic Magazine →
Forced early marriage thrives to this day in many regions of the world—arranged by parents for their own children, often in defiance of national laws, and understood by whole communities as an appropriate way for a young woman to grow up when the alternatives, especially if they carry a risk of her losing her virginity to someone besides her husband, are unacceptable. Child marriage spans...
Pakistan Loses Another Journalist - NYTimes.com →
“You better come to your senses.” This was the last threat received by the Pakistani journalist Nasrullah Afridi days before he was killed in a car bomb blast in Peshawar on May 10. Pakistan has been listed as one of the deadliest countries for journalists by independent journalists’ associations, and there have been a number of uninvestigated deaths of journalists. However, the harshest and most...
Scenes From Pakistan - In Focus - The Atlantic →
Pakistan, home to 170 million people, is a country riddled with conflict. Terrorist groups attack the government, civilians, and other perceived enemies, while NATO forces carry out drone attacks on the country’s border with war-torn Afghanistan. Pakistan’s leaders walk a tightrope, maintaining good relations with the West and taking billions of dollars in foreign aid even as they try...
How can we curb the proliferation of NGOs in a... →
Government ministers, NGOs and journalists met to discuss how to stop hundreds of aid organisations descending on a country after a disaster. There were no easy answers.
Witholding Images by David Levi Strauss - LightBox... →
When President Obama announced last Wednesday that he would not release images of the dead Osama Bin Laden, this decision seemed anomalous. When a “Most Wanted” fugitive at this level of notoriety is captured or killed, it is customary to release photographs of the deceased as evidence, and these images often have tremendous propaganda value. But there are risks to such exposures, since these...