Saturday, 9 October 2010

Humanity Explored - Issue No.3

 Humanity Explored is a series of articles designed to highlight some of the humanitarian news and issues around the world into bite sizes. It is published here weekly in order to raise awareness of the issues and start a conversation about them. Please feel free to comment with your thoughts and opinions and share the stories you have heard or the activities you are involved in that are helping make our world a better place.

Flash Floods in West Papua, Indonesia 
Google Map of Wasior, West Papua, Indonesia

Global Voices reported flash floods in Indonesia where 80 people died and many more are missing in Wasior. You can find the full report from the Indonesia Environmental Information Centre here.

UN Aid Worker kidnapped in Darfur, Sudan
The Development News Wire reposted this week that a UN Aid worker was kidnapped in Darfur. UNAMID is reported to have said on the 7th October that one of its civilian workers had been 'snatched' by armed men who had the residence of four civilian staff members. UNAMID spokesman Kemal Saiki was quoted by BBC as saying. “They tied up two of them and made away with the other two in a vehicle. One man escaped and the other is still missing.” The nationality of the kidnapped person has not been revealed. The abduction coincided with the visit of a U.N. Security Council delegation to the African nation. The delegation arrived Oct. 7 in Darfur for a four-day mission there. Saiki said the kidnapping was unrelated to the Security Council visit. The civilian aid worker has yet to be found. This story highlights that there is a lot of risk and sacrifice in being humane particularly for those who put themselves forward to go to foreign countries. It is all the more important that we support their work in the small ways that we can, by giving, by sharing information and getting involved in the conversation. 

10/10/10 Global Work party

This weekend is the Global Work Party on 10/10/10. The Global World Party is a day of practical action around the world to cut carbon emissions. It is being called 'A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions' there is something that everyone can do to get involved! See the website for more details here. 

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