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How to Build a Latrine in 51 Seconds

You don’t hear much about the floods that devastated the Sindh province of Pakistan late this summer so I was glad to come across this video from Oxfam USA of the time lapse construction of a latrine.  Check it out.

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Pakistan Floods: The Disaster No One is Talking About

At least 5 million people are affected, nearly 200 people have been killed, 4.2 million acres flooded and 1 million homes destroyed in southern Pakistan. So far, the scale is destruction is not quite as large as last summer’s epic floods, but it is nonetheless a humanitarian emergency.

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World Humanitarian Day – Time to Step Up

It’s time for everyone to be a humanitarian.

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World Humanitarian Day

8 years ago today, a suicide bomber pulled his truck along side the United Nations headquarters in Iraq. 22 people were killed in the blast, including the UN’s head of mission Sergio Vieira de Mello.  Since then, August 19 has become a memorial day and also day to honor the work and sacrifices of humanitarian workers across the globe.

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Major Announcement: Famine Expected to Spread in Somalia (Video)

As expected, the United Nations declared a famine in two regions in Southern Somalia. This is the first time since the mid 1980s that the UN has officially declared a famine.

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Famines in Africa and the Western Consciousness

In spite of our collective past experience of seeing food crises and famines unfold, overall the international community is still too focused on last-minute emergency interventions, an approach reinforced by a powerful and popular narrative that underscores African weakness and victimization.

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