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Jun 25, 2015

Special Report: Crisis grips North Korean rice bowl

HAEJU, North Korea (AlertNet) – In a pediatric hospital in North Korea’s most productive farming province, children lay two to a bed. All showed signs of severe malnutrition: skin infections, patchy hair, listless apathy.

“Their mothers have to bring them here on bicycles,” said duty doctor Jang Kum Son in the Yellow Sea port city of Haeju. “We used to have an ambulance but it’s completely broken down. One mother travelled 72 kilometers (45 miles). By the time they get here, it’s often too late.”

Jun 25, 2015

Thirty million people are slaves, half in India: survey

LONDON, Oct 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labor, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude, a global index on modern slavery showed on Thursday.

Almost half are in India, where slavery ranges from bonded labor in quarries and kilns to commercial sex exploitation, although the scourge exists in all 162 countries surveyed by Walk Free, an Australian-based rights group.

Jun 25, 2015

No U-turn on road to press freedom, Myanmar says, but critics disagree

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Myanmar’s commitment to freedom of expression after half a century of military rule is irreversible, the government said on Friday, although critics cited lawsuits, beatings and arrests of journalists as signs of it backtracking on reforms.

Information Minister Ye Htut said an unfettered press was essential to the success of parliamentary elections set for later this year, despite challenges including tensions between old and new media laws and a rise in defamation cases.

Apr 6, 2014
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Why coexistence doesn’t equal reconciliation in Rwanda

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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.

A Tutsi survivor recalls the moment attackers rounded on her 17-year-old brother as he cried: “Why are you killing us? We used to be friends.”

May 2, 2012
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Solutions for a hungry world

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By 2050, experts say, the planet will need at least 70 percent more food than it does today as its population soars, cities sprawl and climate change takes its toll. Will it be possible?

That’s a question AlertNet put to hunger fighters worldwide for a special multimedia report out today probing the future of food. Their answer: The planet can feed itself – but only if two “revolutions” happen, and happen soon.

Mar 29, 2012
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What good is ‘crowd-sourcing’ when everyone needs help?

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In a recent blog post I referred in passing to some of the hype surrounding “crowd-sourcing” projects in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

That’s not to criticise the volunteers – mostly in the United States – who collectively devoted hundreds of hours to charting the needs of quake survivors on online maps, based on SMS texts sent from the disaster zone.

Mar 24, 2012
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Will Twitter put the U.N. out of the disaster business?

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How is communications technology transforming disaster response?

A business that doesn’t communicate with its customers won’t stay in business very long — it’ll soon lose track of what its clients want, and clients won’t know what products or services are on offer.

In the multi-billion dollar humanitarian aid industry, relief agencies are businesses and their beneficiaries are customers. Yet many agencies have muddled along for decades with scarcely a nod towards communicating with the folks they’re supposed to be serving.

Mar 1, 2012

At least 12 killed as tornadoes strike U.S. Midwest

, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Powerful storms
that spawned tornadoes ripped through the U.S. Midwest on
Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, including six in Illinois
who were crushed when a house was lifted up and fell on them,
authorities said.

The violent weather that hit six Midwest states starting in
Kansas and Missouri overnight swept into middle Tennessee and
slammed the Cumberland Plateau region, about an hour east of
Nashville, killing two women in Cumberland County and one person
in DeKalb County, according to emergency agency officials.

Feb 29, 2012
via The Human Impact

Introducing ‘The Human Impact’

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Two Congolese boys comfort each other in a hospital in Goma, Feb. 10, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Welcome to “The Human Impact”, a new blog by journalists of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters.

    • About Timothy

      "Tim Large is an award-winning journalist and editor who heads the media development arm of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where he drives programmes to raise journalistic standards worldwide and help independent media flourish, even under the most challenging circumstances. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global news services covering under-reported stories including humanitarian issues, rights abuses, the human impacts of climate change and corruption. Before that he was a Reuters correspondent."
      Joined Reuters:
      2000
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