The Human Impact

Frontline reflections on Guinea’s battle against Ebola

By Misha Hussain
May 6, 2014

 

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Nobody would have thought that Gueckedou, a market town in southern Guinea, was the front line in West Africa’s battle against the deadly Ebola virus.

Why coexistence doesn’t equal reconciliation in Rwanda

April 6, 2014

One Hutu killer describes feeling “like two different people” as he took part in the genocide: a man who obediently slaughtered his Tutsi neighbours because the mayor told him to, yet who hid one of their daughters in a grain basket to save her from the machetes.

The dangers of oversimplifying the Central African Republic conflict

March 4, 2014

Here’s a story I haven’t heard before: when violence spiralled in Central African Republic’s capital last December, the country’s most senior Muslim cleric sought shelter with the Catholic archbishop of Bangui.

Only two Southern African countries on track to meet 2015 MDG water and sanitation targets – report

March 3, 2014

Some 120,000 children under the age of five in Southern African countries die every year from diarrhoea, which is primarily caused by lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

Lack of toilets, clean water costs world $260 bln each year – Liberia president

January 31, 2013

Poor access to sanitation and clean water costs the global economy $260 billion each year, according to Liberia’s president who is leading work to craft proposals for a new set of global anti-poverty goals.

IF campaign to end hunger seems a bit iffy

January 25, 2013

By Maria Caspani

Techno music and revolving images of hungry babies were among the most disheartening, not to say disturbing aspects of the event that kicked off the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign at London’s Somerset House this week.

Female genital cutting ‘destroys women’ – Malian singer

September 24, 2012

By Maria Caspani

LONDON (TrustLaw) – “In Mali, when a girl has not been cut, it means she is dirty, she is loose,” says Bamako-born singer Bafing Kul.

Potentially dangerous breed of malaria mosquito found in Kenya

September 17, 2012

Scientists have discovered a new malaria-transmitting breed of mosquito which may pose an unknown threat in Kenya, where malaria is the leading cause of death.

Poor Kenyan women robbed of choice to give birth

September 14, 2012

The saddest part of the stories told by 40 HIV-positive Kenyan women who are suing the government for forced or coercive sterilisation is not that they can no longer give birth.

Mobile technology boosts water security for the poor

July 26, 2012

 

Information technology is a powerful tool for experts working to provide secure access to water for personal use, food production and business in developing nations.