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Humanitarian Aid as Conflict Commodity; How Food can Fuel Fighting

It is one of the most prominent principles prevailing in the humanitarian sector since its foundation in the second half of the 19th century: the moral obligation to help those in need. Throughout history, this ambition of doing good has served as a justification for intervening in armed conflicts worldwide, whether to treat the wounded or feed the hungry. Apparently, if your mission is to save lives, no questions are asked as to what impact you really have on the ground. However, there are ...

Written by A. Hooijer and published on 26-January-2015

Dzaleka series: a Visit to a Refugee Camp

Living in Malawi means you are exposed to extreme poverty daily; Malawi is after all one of the poorest countries in the world. Over half of the population lives under the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. A quarter of the population is estimated to live in ‘extreme poverty’. After a year of living in Lil...

Written by Suzanne van Hooff and published on 08-September-2014

No Genocide in Rakhine State – But the Warning Signs are There

Over 100,000 displaced people, nearly 5,000 burned houses and a death toll of at least 78 people (probably many more) was the result of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State only in June 2012 ; violence has continued in October with similar proportions and has continued sporadically since. It seems that the victims were mostly members of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group, although this is also far from clear as ...

Written by Timothy Williams and published on 02-June-2013