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Why Food Aid Fuels International Conflict

Patricia Adams | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Adams

As much as 80 per cent of humanitarian aid can be stolen en route. Most often, rebel groups will set up road blocks and "tax" the aid agencies wishing to deliver the aid. In effect, the aid agencies directly support rebel groups by feeding them or providing them with goods that can be traded for arms or other services.

SENTENCED: Canada's First Ever Conviction For Trying To Join Terrorist Group

CBC | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada

Mohamed Hersi, the first man ever convicted in Canada of trying to join a terrorist group, was sentenced by Justice Deena Baltman to 10 years in pris...

The Rob Ford Scandal Shows We're All a Little Racist

Nicholas Barber | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Barber

As we all watch in awe as the human train wreck that is Toronto mayor Rob Ford continues to unfold, let us take a moment to reflect on the very ugly role that racism is playing in the Ford saga. I think that many of the people who claim to be disturbed by the fact that Rob Ford does drugs are, on some level, actually disturbed by the fact that Rob Ford (allegedly) smokes crack with Somalians in Little Mogadishu.

The Last Man Complex

Jackson Doughart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jackson Doughart

Any time that an unfamiliar idea is forced onto society, some political schlepper will invariably say something like this: "We all want the same thing...

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

Our First Diplomat Here In 20 Years

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A longtime Canadian diplomat will become the country's first ambassador to Somalia in more than two decades.The announcement of David Angell'...

How Is Canada's Somali Population Faring?

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

The Somali Canadian population is "undergoing the growing pains of integration into the larger Canadian mainstream" according to the head of the influential Somali Canadian Congress. Ahmed Hussen, a noted activist and newly minted Ottawa University lawyer, reflects on mentorship, influence and integration for Canada's large Somali population.

Kenyan Troops Enter Somalia

CBC | Posted 12.16.2011 | Canada

Kenyan military forces have moved into southern Somalia to pursue suspected Islamist militants after a series of kidnappings along the bo...

Dadaab Refugee's Dreams Lead Her to Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.27.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Fatumo's childhood was contained in the world's largest refugee camp; a place we worry carries a stigma for harbouring victims who await handouts. She fought against a bleak fate that seems sealed by outside media: images of desperate people who refuse to help themselves. Instead she chased a dream to study abroad.

Dadaab: What Will Happen Now?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.14.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Journalists predicted that the rains would come in October, implying that this would end the crisis. But by then, the planting season will have passed. The rains, if they come, will likely bring flooding and disease. The famine may peak in early December, as we are preparing to celebrate our winter holidays.

Yasmin Warsame and The African Future

Septembre Anderson | Posted 11.13.2011 | Canada Living
Septembre Anderson

The East African famine is a crisis that hits close to home for Warsame -- she was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and has family living there. "It could just have easily been me or my son starving over there," she said.

Bono's Activism From TIFF to the G20

Andrew Cooper | Posted 11.12.2011 | Canada Living
Andrew Cooper

The hallmark of Bono's celebrity activism has been a concern with gaining access to key political decision-makers. However, over the last year the focus of attention has turned away from a fixation with politicians at the apex of power in the traditional global establishment.

Feed the Body and the Soul in Dadaab

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.08.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Beyond the urgency of filling empty stomachs is the legacy of torture and trauma that so many of these refugees have endured. The soul can become just as empty.

Are Aid Groups Misleading Famine Aid Donors?

The Guardian | Tracy McVeigh | Posted 11.04.2011 | Canada

The head of an international medical charity has called on aid agencies to stop presenting a misleading picture of the famine in Somalia and admit tha...

Education Helps the Garden Grow When Rains Don't Fall

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.20.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

David Arap Kilel nearly stumbles up the hill of his slanted farm in pinstripe pants tucked into knee-high gum boots, wet despite the neighbouring dry fields. "I'm the first home in my community with irrigation!" he shouts breathlessly, waving calloused hands.

East Africa Famine: Time for a Co-ordinated Appeal in Canada

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Since appeals first went out for donations to the east African famine, relief agencies have reported that approximately $16 million has come in from Canada. The figure for Britain, however, stands at £45 million in public donations. Why? It is our lack of organizational ability to combine our efforts that fails.

We Need Aid Effectiveness to Beat Donation Frustration

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.14.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The crisis in East Africa has prompted Canadians to open their wallets and their hearts, but with the sheer number of government agencies, NGOs and private sector organizations responding to humanitarian crises, it remains difficult to know who to support and how much of the money will actually get there.

Canadian Aid Groups Finding East African Famine A Tough Sell

The Huffington Post Canada | Scaachi Koul | Posted 10.05.2011 | Canada

The images coming from across the Horn of Africa are bleak: skeleton-thin babies being held by their underfed mothers, crying for food in refugee camp...

Somalia Famine Refugees Can't Break Their Ramadan Fast

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2011 | Canada

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Muslims around the world mark sundown during the holy month of Ramadan with extravagant dinners to break their daily fasts. That ...

K'naan, Iman and the Famine in Somalia: The Long Game Matters, Too

Edward Jackson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Canada
Edward Jackson

The celebrities' call to action on the famine in Somalia is welcome, but the bottom line is that these countries need sustained economic growth. Such strategies are not without risks, however. Businesses must not be permitted to abuse human rights. Foreign investment must not undermine sovereignty.

UN To Airlift Rations To The "Roads Of Death"

CP | Posted 09.25.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- DOLO, Somalia - The U.N. will airlift emergency rations this week to parts of drought-ravaged Somalia that militants banned it f...

Somalia's Image Deficit: Helping or Hurting Aid?

Carol Mott | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada
Carol Mott

Once again the pictures of little children starving in Somalia break your heart. But this time there are other pictures that come to mind too: warlords, pirates, radical Islamists... Many will remember when the world was there to help and just how badly it turned out.

Somalia Famine Donors To Meet Wednesday

CP | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada

ROME - A U.N. food agency says there will be a donors pledging conference Wednesday in Nairobi to raise as much as $1.6 billion to help fight famine i...

No Vacancy in Somalia

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.24.2011 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The Dadaab refugee camp is an ongoing saga of desperate human need. And with the $50 million Canada recently pledged being only a beginning to address the needs of the region, we must find other ways to leverage more support. Opening another camp would be a good place to start.

Famine In East Africa A Tragic Case Of Deja Vu

CP | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - As she sees images coming out of drought-stricken Africa this week, Rosemary McCarney is struck by a single thought. ...