humanitarian crisis

  • massgrave
    August 30, 2016  

    Documenting atrocities committed by the Islamic State can seem impossible. A new report from the Associated Press, however, catalogs 72 mass graves around Syria and Iraq — including one site that held 1,700 bodies. Gwen Ifill speaks with the AP’s Lori Hinnant about the locations of these burial sites, what happened to the victims entombed within them and whether anyone is being held responsible. Continue reading

  • sudan
    August 19, 2016  

    South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is again on the brink of a civil war. Photographer Sebastian Rich has covered the conflict in the country for more than four decades, and he is there now on a mission with UNICEF, documenting the turmoil and the toll it has taken on civilians. The area is plagued by malnutrition and the lowest education levels in the world. John Yang speaks with Rich. Continue reading

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    August 18, 2016  

    Airstrikes are a constant in Aleppo, Syria. But this week, global attention was captured by a haunting snapshot of one strike’s aftermath: a 5-year-old boy bloodied, dust covered and dazed. Such images have a history of going viral. But do they make an impact? Hari Sreenivasan asks Susan Moeller, a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, and the New York Times’ Anne Barnard.

    *An editor’s note: the 1972 napalm airstrike in Vietnam that led to the iconic photo of a naked, burned young girl running down a road that is mentioned in this conversation was conducted by the air force of South Vietnam, not the United States. Continue reading

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    March 11, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, residents of the flood-stricken South faced overnight downpours that brought total rainfall to two feet in some places, uprooting trees and collapsing roads–with more rain expected this weekend. Also, the UN issued a warning that the civil war in South Sudan has left the central African nation with “one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world.”
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  • Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in province of Anbar, settle at a mosque in Baghdad
    April 21, 2015  

    After being driven out of Tikrit, the Islamic State has renewed its push into Western Anbar province. The government in Baghdad is wary of letting in fleeing families, seeing displaced people from IS strongholds as security risks. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces are preparing for a tough battle in Garma. Special correspondent Jane Arraf reports. Continue reading

  • November 28, 2013  

    Some 6.5 million Syrians have been displaced within the country due to the bloody Civil War and the ongoing violence has led to an increased level of suffering. Syrians that remain are in need of food, shelter and medical help. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on the politics of aid in Syria. Continue reading

  • October 29, 2013  

    Ten cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria — the first appearance of the disease in the country since 1999. Gwen Ifill speaks with Joel Charny of InterAction on how the outbreak adds to the challenge of the humanitarian crisis and how the ongoing war has caused the destruction of the nation’s medical infrastructure. Continue reading

  • August 2, 2012  

    The U.N. Envoy for Peace in Syria, Kofi Annan, has resigned, citing unwillingness from both Syrian factions, and disunity and name-calling in the U.N. Security Council. Inigo Gilmore of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • March 14, 2012  

    After recently visiting Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, actor and activist George Clooney and the Enough Project’s John Prendergast described people hiding in caves to avoid bombings. Judy Woodruff spoke with Prendergast and Clooney who said the people and their plight “get in your bloodstream and you have a responsibility to them.” Continue reading

  • March 8, 2012  

    Visiting Damascus on Wednesday, U.N. humanitarian official Valerie Amos said she was concerned for the Syrian people who once lived in the Baba Amr section of Homs, noting “significant” devastation. Ray Suarez reports on defections from Syria’s regime as it continues its bid to repress the uprising. Continue reading

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