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Wecyclers: How Texting Can Help Solve Nigeria's Enormous Waste Problem

A Nigerian company has a brilliant plan to use cell phones and bicycles together to help solve the country's waste problem while helping to sustain thousands of poor families.

Central African Republic, on the Brink of Collapse, a Top Concern for Humanitarian Groups

Central African Republic (CAR) is on the verge of what many are calling “Somalisation.” The entire population of 4.6 million people have been affected. Tens of thousands had been displaced, almost all schools closed, and aid agencies’ offices and warehouses had been looted.

 

With very few government services available, lack of security and an increase in hunger, French President Francois Hollande has called on the U.N. Security Council and the African Union to stabilize the situation.

New Vaccine Prevents the Spread of Malaria in 100 Percent of Participants

Recent findings from the National Institutes of Health have concluded that an experimental drug may provide a necessary cure for millions around the world. 

 

A year-long study determined that a new drug prevents the spread of malaria in 100 percent of participants.

Visiting Africa, President Obama Hopes to Boost Trade and Investment

President Barack Obama arrived in Dakar this afternoon to start a week-long trip through the three Sub-Saharan African countries of Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, his first extended trip to the region since taking office.  

 

The President selected the three countries because they serve as

Rethinking Global Priorities at the G8 Summit

The G8 summit convenes June 17th in Ireland, and the assembled world leaders are expected to focus on the issues of trade, tax, and transparency. Advocacy groups are pushing for a more progressive agenda, including humanitarian relief and action on specific developmental goals. Organizations such as One.org and Oxfam, together with leading UK Aid organizations, have collaborated to create the second ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign with a focus on food, and their agenda is gaining steam.

Nigerian Farmers Sue Shell Oil in Dutch Court

In a case that could set a legal precedent for holding multinational corporationsible for their overseas operations, Friends of the Earth Netherlands, her Nigerian sister organisation ERA and four Nigerian farmers and fishermen asked the civil court in the Hague to hold Shell Oil financially responsible for a major oil spill in the Niger Delta which damaged fish ponds, orchards, forests and farmland in three villages in the Niger Delta in 2005.  The plaintiffs argue that the spill was caused by the oil company's corroded underground pipelines, and that Shell has a responsibility to adhere to international environmental standards rather than national or local standards, to prevent oil spills from occuring in the countries where Shell operates.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Calls for Aid to Lesotho to Stem Food Crisis

From UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

 

Due to flooding, late rains, and early frost, about 725,000 people in Lesotho--a third of the country's population--face a food security criss.