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Mel Bunce

opening for them to do this. It’s a Trojan horse’ (quoted in Priday, 2018 ). The second priority is securing more stable funding for humanitarian journalism. This includes, crucially, trustworthy information reaching those communities affected by disaster. Following the work of organisations including the CDAC Network, Internews and BBC Media Action, we know that this is a vital form of aid: people need information as they need water, food, medicine and shelter. Information can save lives, build resilience, support livelihoods and empower

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The Aid Industry and the ‘Me Too’ Movement
Charlotte Lydia Riley

( Jaffe, 2018 : 81). Faiza Shaheen, a former employee of the UK branch of Save the Children (SCUK) speaking in an interview on BBC Daily Politics in February 2018, said that many people at SCUK ‘knew about these rumours and for the most part, people knew them to be true’ which ‘made a lot of women feel unsafe, not just the ones who were directly assaulted’; in fact there was a culture of ‘predatory behaviour’ in which women had to work to ‘keep safe’ despite

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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order
Stephen Hopgood

supposed to be saving, as we have seen with recent #MeToo scandals ( BBC, 2018a ). Also, their commitment to aid might be superficial and based around a narrow idea of life as basic subsistence, for example, rather than of the quality of the lives of those they have saved. But few modern humanitarians are likely to make a moral claim that they will save only the lives of those who look or think like them, a common occurrence in the nineteenth century. All beneficiaries have prima facie equal value. But humanitarians’ reliance on liberal world

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What Lessons Can Be Drawn from Case Studies in France, the United States and Madagascar?
Hugo Carnell

a toll-free case-reporting number, and a crackdown on ‘fake news’ spread via social media ( BBC, 2017 ). The government also suppressed traditional Malagasy famadihana burial practices. These involve exhuming the corpse of the dead, rewrapping them in fresh cloth, and dancing with the body around the family crypt, a practice which has been linked to the transmission of pneumonic plague ( Sodikoff, 2019 : 48). Many bodies of plague victims were

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Positioning, Politics and Pertinence
Natalie Roberts

ongoing studies of the first vaccine ( BBC, 2019 ). The Congolese Health Minister claimed that the use of a second vaccine would ‘confuse’ the local population ( Kupferschmidt, 2019 ). Made nervous by controversy around the study in the media, and worried about becoming involved in a clash between Muyembe and the Health Minister, MSF coordinators in DRC were reluctant to engage in discussion with the ‘riposte’ about Ebola vaccination, preferring

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A Military Tactic or Collateral Damage?
Abdulkarim Ekzayez
Ammar Sabouni

resumption of the military campaign on Douma. Shortly after, the town was attacked by chemical weapons killing about forty people and causing extreme panic among the remaining civilians ( OPCW, 2019 ; BBC, 2018 ). As a result, the opposition groups in the city surrendered and the remaining people were displaced to the opposition-held areas in north-west Syria. Conclusion Based on analysing the patterns of attacks on healthcare in Syria, and by linking these attacks with the surrounding military developments, we argue that violence against healthcare was used as

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Why Building Back Better Means More than Structural Safety
Bill Flinn

materials with the provision of reliable information that allows families to make an informed decision and, once the decision is made on the basis of the family’s priorities, to encourage the best possible outcome ( BBC World Service Trust, 2008 ). This is a discussion that argues for a better understanding of what constitutes a ‘good’ house, considering both the priorities of the family and the probable environment of inadequate resources. It is imperative that it is never used as an argument, or a pretext, for shoddy building. It is also an argument that can only ever

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German Responses to the June 2019 Mission of the Sea-Watch 3
Klaus Neumann

, Sicily, ordered her release after throwing out two of the charges. The Italian Supreme Court later upheld that decision. For several days, the stand-off involving the Sea-Watch 3 and the Italian government, and the subsequent detention of Rackete dominated the news both in Italy and in Germany. In Italy, Salvini took to Twitter to attack Rackete, accusing her and her crew of being the ‘accomplices of traffickers and smugglers’ and running a ‘pirate ship’ ( BBC News, 2019 ). Both L’Espresso , Italy’s premier news magazine, and its German equivalent, Der Spiegel

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Debates Surrounding Ebola Vaccine Trials in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Myfanwy James
Joseph Grace Kasereka
, and
Shelley Lees

on television that a possible COVID-19 treatment should first be tested on Africans, where ‘there are no masks, no treatment or intensive care … we know that they are highly exposed and don’t protect themselves.’ The football player Didier Drogba summarised the widespread public criticism in a tweet: ‘Africa isn’t a testing lab’ ( BBC, 2020 ). This debate began in the DRC when Professor Muyembe – the head of INRB and the

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Architecture, Building and Humanitarian Innovation
Tom Scott-Smith

, E. ( 2016 ), ‘ The Wearable Dwelling: A Coat for Refugees That Turns into a Tent ’, Guardian , 21 January . Hill , J. ( 2015 ), ‘ Migrant Crisis: Hamburg Uses Shipping Containers as Homes ’, BBC News , 6 October , (accessed 8 January 2020

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