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#Aid Agencies

# aid-agencies - Wednesday 6 May, 2015

Headlines can be depressing but efforts to end extreme poverty are actually WORKING

Irish media and aid agencies simply aren’t getting the message across that global efforts to lift people out of poverty are working.

# aid-agencies - Saturday 8 November, 2014

'We're still scared when strong winds blow': Slow recovery takes root after Typhoon Haiyan Rebuild This post contains images

'We're still scared when strong winds blow': Slow recovery takes root after Typhoon Haiyan

“The resilience of the Filipino people is amazing, they are like phoenix birds.”

# aid-agencies - Saturday 30 November, 2013

'Cash, not second-hand clothes please,' Irish NGOs appeal to donors

Aid agencies say transportation of second hand goods can sometimes mean essential supplies don’t make it to where they’re needed.

# aid-agencies - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Russia expels US aid agency for 'meddling in politics'

Russia’s foreign ministry has claimed that USAid had attempted to “influence political processes through its grants”.

# aid-agencies - Thursday 12 January, 2012

Column: Haiti is slowly recovering - but criticising aid agencies doesn't help

Aid agencies are criticised for the slow place of recovery in Haiti – but that criticism puzzles Tom Arnold of Concern.

# aid-agencies - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

Concerns raised for humanitarian work after Somali militants ban aid agencies

UNICEF says it fears for the lives of malnourished children who have been receiving food from its workers, who have been banned by al-Shabab fighters.

# aid-agencies - Wednesday 29 June, 2011

Death toll rising amid cholera epidemic in Cameroon

Almost 8,000 people have been diagnosed with the disease so far as aid organisations struggle to contain the outbreak.

# aid-agencies - Sunday 15 August, 2010

A TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL AID workers who were murdered by the Taliban had given one of their killers a lift.

The sole survivor of the attack, an Afghan man who was driving one of the aid team’s vehicles, has spoken to AP of the moments leading to their deaths. Six Americans, three Afghans, one German and one British woman were shot dead and robbed by the militants.

Saffiullah said the team stopped to give a lift to three men who were hitching on the side of the road. When the team stopped by a swollen river, two of the hitchhikers continued on their way, but the third man disappeared then returned among a group of 10 who attacked the team.

The medics, their cook and a guard were shot and killed by a grenade. Saffiullah said he had pleaded with the gunmen and quoted the Quran in an attempt to save his life. The militants forced him to carry weapons and baggage and accompany them on a walk for several hours.

The driver said the men appeared to be organised for the attack:

They had leadership. They were well-organized. They were militants.

The International Assistance Mission said the aid workers were not missionaries, as claimed by the Taliban, but were an eye care team working in Nuristan on the invitation of local communities. The agency says it is awaiting the results of an Afghan investigation into the killings, but said:

Our own research suggests that the murders were not a robbery as initially reported in the press. We are now working on the assumption that the attack was an opportunistic ambush by a group of non-local fighters.

# aid-agencies - Saturday 7 August, 2010

PAKISTAN’S PRESIDENT has met with Britain’s David Cameron as the country issues a ‘red alert’ over further expected flooding. President Zadari defended his decision to travel to Europe after the flood crisis began, saying that his prime minister was keeping him informed of events back home.

Zadari said he had convinced Cameron that Pakistan is doing everything it can to prevent militant group from “exporting terror”. Western ambassadors based in the capital have warned that the floods could impair Pakistan’s fight against the Taliban.

Twelve million people have been affected by the floods, and the death toll has reached over 1,600. Over 500,000 people have been evacuated from the Indus river region as more areas succumb to the rising waters.

This Euronews footage shows the emergency relief operations underway – as more rain falls:

Pakistan’s prime minister has appealed for international aid to help “alleviate the sufferings of flood-affected people.” Irish charity Concern has released half a million in emergency funding for Pakistan, and launched an appeal to raise more money.

The UN Office for the Co-Ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that extensive flood damage to crops may see Pakistan relying on food aid throughout winter. The country is only half-way through its annual monsoon season, and further rain is forecast for the coming days.

THE TALIBAN HAS claimed responsibility for the murders of eight foreign aid workers and two Afghans killed in remote part of the country. It claimed they were “Christian missionaries”. A third Afghan man survived the attack.

The International Assistance Mission has released a statement saying that the aid workers are likely to be members of their eye camp team which had been invited to provide medical assistance by communities based in Nuristan, in the north of Afghanistan.

The foreign victims are believed to be US and German citizens, although their identities have not been confirmed. Passports and possessions were taken by their attackers.

A spokesman for the militants said that bibles and maps had been discovered on the group. He said they were lost and were killed as they tried to escape from their killers.

The Taliban recently released a new code of conduct aimed at improving the group’s approval rating among Afghan civilians, but re-affirmed its intentions to target people it considered agents of international forces. The Afghan government and its supporters are also targeted by the Taliban.