Western Sahara: A Negligible Amount?
The Sahrawi people have, in fact, done everything correctly in their struggle to achieve an independent Western Sahara. They embraced their war of independence in 1969, when the anti-colonial movements reached their historic climax. The moment had...
Rights instead of Compassion for East Africa
We have to understand the roots of tragedies to avoid repetition. The crisis in East Africa is not at all „unbelievable“, as some commentators continue to suggest, the approaching disaster has been foreseeable for years and decades. People are dying not only because of an unfortunate drought but also of systemic, wide-ranging problems such as climate change, the consequences of neo-liberal ideologies, military interventions and unstable grain markets - and because the world of states is unwilling to outlaw and pursue the warlords that have been destroying Somalia for 20 years.
People are inevitably captivated by disasters. Television, online
media, social networks and newspapers report immediately
from affected areas. In just the first three months of 2011,
the earthquake in New Zealand, the flood in Australia, and in
particular, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan provided shocking
images. Extreme natural events such as the tsunami on Boxing Day
2004 as well as the earthquake in Haiti and the flood in Pakista n
both in 2010 have had catastrophic effects on the affected regi ons.
The frequency and intensity of such extreme events have increased
alarmingly in recent years. But did the disaster risk also increase?
Acting fast and sustainable
In 2006 medico, Brot für die Welt, Misereor, terre des hommes and Welthungerhilfe formed the Alliance Development Works ( Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft or BEH in German): It has since been joined by other German partners including Kindernothilfe,...
When the earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 the capital Port-au-Prince was almost totally destroyed and over 250,000 people lost their lives. In the midst of such an apocalyptic nightmare, emergency aid provided by Haiti's neighbours provided...
Integrated community development
It can often take many years to assess the long-term effects, if any, of humanitarian aid in post-disaster situations. One example is the situation in Nicaragua following Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
There, medico international had been supporting...
At medico international ‘critical emergency relief’ means more than disaster management. We provide victims with the support they need to help themselves, jointly reflect with them on the underlying political and economic causes and assist them in coping with the psychological and social trauma.