Humanitarian Crisis

Humanity Must Take The High Road To Solve Real Issues

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

As a global collective grounded in humanity as a common value and fully aware that millions of people in humanitarian crises and conflicts worldwide are in need of solutions, now is the time to put differences aside and begin to address the suffering of millions of people affected by humanitarian crises -- particularly young girls.

Humanitarian Financing: Investing In The Future Of Aid Delivery

Development Unplugged | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

The global humanitarian system is failing at the same time as it has also never been better equipped to respond to emergencies and crises. There are countless aid organizations and hundreds of thousands of experienced and dedicated humanitarian aid workers helping the most vulnerable around the globe.

Empowering Adolescent Girls Strengthens Women's Rights Worldwide

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

The painful fact is the first thing to be compromised during a humanitarian emergency is the integrity of girls' rights. The everyday realities of many adolescent girls -- which often include early marriage, discrimination and lack of access to education -- are made far worse in the wake of a major disaster.

Why I'm Travelling To Conflict Zones In Syria And Beyond

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

A desperate Syrian mother in a refugee camp tried to give me her sick little girl on my last visit to the region's conflict zones and neighbouring countries filled with fleeing people. She wanted me to take her child back to Canada for medical care. That day, I saw misery and despair that no one should bear.

New Gender-Based Violence Guidelines Are A Step Toward Equality In Crises

Development Unplugged | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

All societies have challenges with gender inequality, and GBV is not limited to humanitarian crises and emergency situations. But the risk and prevalence of GBV is exacerbated in emergency or conflict situations as people suffer displacement, separation from support networks, overcrowding, loss of documentation, the breakdown of social norms against violence, and other effects that increase vulnerability.

We Can End Gender-Based Violence In Humanitarian Settings

Oxfam Canada | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

In South Sudan, domestic violence is widespread and largely tolerated. In the all-too-common words of two young women from Warrap State: "We are often beaten. When we make a mistake, we are beaten -- and there are so many mistakes." It was unfortunately not surprising that gender-based violence was a major threat for women living in IDP and refugee camps.

The Response To Syria's Refugee Crisis Gives Us Hope For 2016

Stephen Cornish | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Business
Stephen Cornish

Despite there being no shortage of reasons for despair, we must start this new year with hope. There is no doubt that the situation in Syria is dire. But just as with Ebola, we can mitigate the dreadful human toll if we retain our instincts for empathy, and remain steadfast in our defence of fundamental humanitarian principles.

Healing Humanity's Grief In The Face Of Climate Change

David Suzuki | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The suffering we're witnessing because of loss of land, culture, ways of life and identity may portend what is to come for all of us. Now is the time to come together and decide how we will respond. Let's make sure it's the best humanity has to offer.

Celebrating Canadian Humanitarian Heroes

World Vision | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

On World Humanitarian Day, August 19th, the United Nations asks us to "recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others." There are many Canadian humanitarians working with aid agencies to help people in desperate need all around the world.

Do the People of Sudan's Nuba Mountains Not Matter?

Alex Neve | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Alex Neve

For four years, the Sudanese military has waged a terrifying war against its own people, in the besieged state of South Kordofan. As the fourth anniversary of this disgraceful human rights crisis approaches next month; it is long past time for the world to finally do something about it.

Terror and Turmoil -- We Have Been Here Before

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In today's wars -- no less destructive than others in history because they are undeclared -- how do we bring the fighting parties to the table? None of the usual diplomatic and military carrots and sticks are working. So what to do?

Small Glimpses of Humanity In a Year of Large and Daunting Crises

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The number of major crises taking place around the globe this past year has been unparalleled in recent history. In fact, 2014 often seemed filled with intractable emergencies that were simply too big, too complex and too daunting to fathom, let alone solve. This felt particularly true when it came to humanitarian action.

Inside the Life of a Humanitarian Worker

Robert Neufeld | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Robert Neufeld

On World Humanitarian Day, take a look inside the lives of three humanitarian workers from World Vision Canada. You see humanitarian workers in the n...

Mali: The People Behind the Headlines

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

We've seen an increasing amount in the news about Mali lately. A West African country in the grips of a conflict so brutal almost 400,000 people, mainly women and children, have had to flee their homes. With these concerns in mind, Plan has been stepping up our regular programs in Mali to help people through this period in their lives.

Africa Needs Our Help to Overcome its Latest Famine

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.02.2011 | Canada
Rosemary McCarney

Those in the Horn of Africa who are in the midst of a famine are facing hunger and malnutrition on a scale few of us can comprehend. Even so, I've been dismayed by web-chatter to the effect of, "How long can we be expected to keep feeding these Africans who don't seem to be able to fend for themselves?"