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'If No One Intervenes, It's Going To Be Too Late'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Hear powerful testimony from a Yazidi refugee in Nebraska whose relatives are among the 40,000 people who fled ISIS militants in northwestern Iraq and are now trapped atop the peaks of Mount Sinjar with little food or water. President Obama last night announced limited strikes and humanitarian air drops.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Syria Dilemma

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Nader Hashemi, Director of the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies, talks about the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria, which  as been going on for close to three years now. He’s the editor of The Syria Dilemma, a collection of writing from Syria experts, human rights activists, international relations scholars that tackle the thorny issues of how to resolve the seemingly intractable conflict in Syria.

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The Takeaway

Syrian Refugees Face Harsh Winter Weather

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Early winter storms are hitting parts of the Middle East with snow and freezing temperatures. For Syrian refugees, the bitter cold is only exacerbating life in make shift homes and refugee camps. Dr. Hammam Akbik, a Syrian-American doctor who works with refugees, just returned from Jordan last week. He explains the short term challenges ahead for Syrian refugees and the aid workers trying to help them.

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The Takeaway

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Worsens

Friday, November 01, 2013

The destruction of chemical weapons may be a victory for the international community, but the health of the Syrian people continues to decline for many in the war-torn country. United Nations officials have confirmed an outbreak of polio among children in Syria, a disease with frightening potential to spread. Furthermore, access to food and medicine in besieged areas is reported to have dropped significantly in recent weeks. With The Takeaway for an update on the humanitarian crisis in the country is Rima Kamal, spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Damascus.

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Obama Promises Financial Aid as Syria's Crisis Deepens

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

As the crisis in Syria deepens, President Obama has offered over $150 million in financial aid. Ahmed Shiyab, a researcher from Syrian Refugees based in Jordan and Amr Al Azm, member of the Syrian opposition and a professor at Shawnee State University, explain how the crisis is deepening.

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Syrian Crisis Continuing Coverage: Civilians Forced to Flee

Friday, June 08, 2012

Away from the politics and diplomacy, there's an unfolding humanitarian crisis in Syria. Today the International Committee of the Red Cross said that more Syrian civilians are being forced to leave their homes to escape the fighting between the Syrian troops and the opposition forces. Sean Maguire is a spokesman ...

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The Takeaway

Twenty Years Later, Somalia's Grave State Continues

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

John Hockenberry went to Somalia in 1992. Hunger, armed Islamists, and drought were taking a heavy toll on the country — just like they are now. In his latest video, Hockenberry talks about the experience, and how news of famine and difficult challenges to delivery of aid in recent weeks sounds far too familiar in a country still desperate for help, and plagued by those who undermine it. 

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Nicholas Kristof on Africa's Worst Drought in Decades

Friday, July 08, 2011

Nearly 12 million people in Africa are facing the worst drought the continent has seen in 60 years. Along with water shortages, come food shortages — and as people desperate for food become refugees, aid groups are calling for a wide-ranging effort to tackle the problem. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof joins the show to talk about the challenges facing the region most severely impacted, and the aid groups trying to provide relief.

 

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Libya's Humanitarian and Military Crisis: Who Leads?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Following the NATO-led bombardment of targeted government buildings in the Libyan capital of Tripoli earlier this week, the United Nations called on both sides to pause their military assaults in order to ease the growing humanitarian crisis. Misrata, which has been under attack for weeks by pro-Gadhafi forces, is short of food, water and other basic supplies. An estimated 750,000 people have fled the country since the uprising began in February. NATO entered Libya to prevent a humanitarian crisis. But without Gadhafi’s forces letting up anytime soon, the fighting seems to only be escalating the humanitarian situation. So how do the United Nations and NATO collaborate on a joint humanitarian and military operation?

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Libya's Humanitarian Crisis Grows

Friday, March 25, 2011

International humanitarian agencies are sounding the alarm in Libya, where fighting has cut off access to vulnerable populations. Aid officials say the eastern city of Misurata is facing water and electricity shortages as hospitals struggle to care for those who have been wounded by fighting. There are warnings that food is in short supply in many parts of Libya. "The situation of civilians in and around Ajdabiya, Misurata and other locations where active fighting continues remains of great concern," the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement. "The presence of assistance actors inside Libya remains very limited due to prevailing security conditions."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Crisis in Côte d'Ivoire

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Côte d'Ivoire has been rocked by a political and humanitarian crisis following the disputed presidential election in November. Adam Nossiter, New York Times West Africa Bureau Chief, and Renzo Fricke, an Emergency Coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, talk about the turmoil there.

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