On the frontline, working in one of the world’s most dangerous countries

On the frontline, working in one of the world’s most dangerous countries
Today, over half of the population in the Central African Republic requires humanitarian aid to survive, and two million people are in need of food. Humanitarian support is seriously underfunded. Here’s an interview with Triangle GH, our recommended charity, about what it's like to work there. Read More

The Rohingya crisis: Living in Fear

The Rohingya crisis: Living in Fear
The plan to start repatriating Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State was halted last week amid international alarm. Human rights groups had called the plan “dangerous” and “premature”. While the news is a huge relief for international organisations and Rohingya refugees, the need has never been more urgent for the international community to protect and support the world’s most persecuted minority. Read More

Are we learning the lessons from past disasters?

Are we learning the lessons from past disasters?
In 2017, nearly every continent was hit by natural disasters or major hazards: cyclones in Asia; hurricanes, mudslides and wildfires in the US and Caribbean; landslides in South America; the largest earthquake of the year in the Middle East; and flooding in Europe. Disaster Response Specialist at iguacu, Adib Chowdhury, reviews the major disasters of the last year and considers whether the lessons are being learned to minimise casualties in future, and to prevent natural hazards from becoming major disasters. Read More

The US and partners get serious on South Sudan

The US and partners get serious on South Sudan
When US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, visited South Sudan in late October, she warned the US had lost its trust in the government and, that without credible actions, South Sudan could lose American support. Read More

The countdown begins for 59,000 Haitians

The countdown begins for 59,000 Haitians
On the 20th of November 2017, the United States Homeland Security announced the termination of the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program, giving 18 months for 59,000 Haitians currently living in the US, to gain a form of residency status or face deportation. Read More

Can the UN’s renewed mission bring new hope to the people in CAR?

Can the UN’s renewed mission bring new hope to the people in CAR?
On November 1st, the UN unanimously renewed the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and approved the deployment of an additional 900 troops.Nevertheless, the battle to protect civilians and contain violence in the country still remains a struggle. Read More

Women of war - behind the frontlines in Afghanistan

Women of war - behind the frontlines in Afghanistan
While husbands and fathers fight and die in the Afghan military, their wives are fighting their own war at home, in a country where 87 percent experience physical, sexual or psychological violence. Read More

An interview with AnaTaban: an artists’ collective trying to bring peace to South Sudan

An interview with AnaTaban: an artists’ collective trying to bring peace to South Sudan
As South Sudan was descending again into civil war, a group of young artists came together and launched the AnaTaban initiative. In a country where 70% of the population are under 25 years old, AnaTaban uses arts to convey a message of peace and reconciliation to mobilize the youth to build a better future. Read More

What you need to know about the Iraqi Kurdish referendum, one month on

What you need to know about the Iraqi Kurdish referendum, one month on
A controversial independence referendum was held last month in several provinces of Northern Iraq. The vote started a sequence of spiraling domestic and regional tensions. A month on, here is what you need to know. Read More

When the most vulnerable support the most persecuted

When the most vulnerable support the most persecuted
Bangladesh, one of the most vulnerable countries in the world, is currently home to more than half a million of the world’s most persecuted people: the Rohingya. Read More

A right to education. Can South Sudanese children defy the odds to get an education?

A right to education. Can South Sudanese children defy the odds to get an education?
In a country where 70% of the population is under 25 year-old, four years of civil war has jeopardized an entire generation. Today, 4.6 million South Sudanese children need humanitarian assistance, 2 million have been displaced and 17,000 have been recruited into armed groups. Amid this chaotic situation, many children have had their right to education denied, shattering their dreams to build a better future for themselves. Read More

“Education is the best thing in life” | Back to School: Addressing the challenges faced by Iraqi and Syrian children

“Education is the best thing in life” | Back to School: Addressing the challenges faced by Iraqi and Syrian children
Syrian and Iraqi children have been witness to war when they should have been going to school. In the first of this two-part series, iguacu explored the deep psychological impact the wars are having on an entire generation. This blog will delve into the challenges of humanitarian response, and review some of the initiatives that address the children’s traumas and help them get back to school. Read More

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? Who can fill the boots of the UN peacekeepers?

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? Who can fill the boots of the UN peacekeepers?
After the Central African Republic descended into civil war, a UN operation, MINUSCA, was launched in 2014 to restore stability in the country. In the third of a three part series, Blandine Sixdenier, looks at the possible solutions to curb spiralling violence in the Central African Republic. Read More

93% Iraqi Kurds just voted in favour of an independent state. But who are the Kurds?

93% Iraqi Kurds just voted in favour of an independent state. But who are the Kurds?
A controversial referendum was held on Monday in several provinces of northern Iraq. Voters cast their ballots in favor of, or against the creation of an independent Kurdish state in this region. According to the first results, nearly 93% of voters have voted for independence. Here is what you need to know about the Kurdish people. Read More

Beyond their years… How Afghanistan’s youth are filling the social welfare void

Beyond their years… How Afghanistan’s youth are filling the social welfare void
Today, more than 42% of the population live below the poverty line in Afghanistan. With the social welfare system being an unfamiliar phenomenon, some Afghan families depend on informal social groups and the traditional family structure to get by. Read More

“In my dreams, I go back to my home village and see ghosts of my friends” | The impact of war trauma on Syrian and Iraqi children

“In my dreams, I go back to my home village and see ghosts of my friends” | The impact of war trauma on Syrian and Iraqi children
Syrian and Iraqi children have been caught up in a war-zone when they should have been going to school. In this two part series, Nathanael Chouraqui, Lead Researcher at iguacu, explores some of their stories, and the existing initiatives that address their traumas to help get them back to school. Read More

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? The UN mission at work in one of Africa’s most dangerous places.

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? The UN mission at work in one of Africa’s most dangerous places.
There have been over 20 United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations in Africa since 1960. In the second of a three part series, Blandine Sixdenier, looks at the challenges and successes of one of the UN’s most recent deployments, in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world’s poorest strife-ridden countries. Read More

Where do we go from here... What you need to know about the ceasefires and de-escalation zones in Syria

Where do we go from here... What you need to know about the ceasefires and de-escalation zones in Syria
Ceasefires and so-called “de-escalation agreements” have been welcomed with a mix of relief, scepticism, and concern in Syria. Nathanael Chouraqui, iguacu’s Lead Researcher on Syria and Iraq, reviews some of the questions raised by these internationally brokered deals. Read More

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? Understanding the role of the United Nations in CAR

From peacekeeper to peacemaker? Understanding the role of the United Nations in CAR
The United Nations (UN) launched its first peacekeeping mission in Africa in 1960. Since then, over 20 operations have been authorized throughout the African continent. The UN operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) represents one of the last threads of security for many Central Africans as officials warn of genocide. Blandine Sixdenier, in a 3 part series, takes a closer look at the UN’s role in keeping the peace in one of Africa’s most dangerous countries. Read More

90 Second Update: 4 Reasons Why Myanmar's Peace Process Needs To Change

90 Second Update: 4 Reasons Why Myanmar's Peace Process Needs To Change
Peace has not come easily in Myanmar's recent history. In 1947, shortly before independence was declared, General Aung Sun lead fruitful but short lived peace negotiations in Panglong. The leaders of Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups signed the agreement, but following the assassination of General Aung Sun shortly after independence, the peace process fell apart. 70 years on, the daughter of General Aung Sun, and now leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has set about the unenviable task of attempting to again establish peace. Read More
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