Asia

In China’s Inner Mongolia, mining spells misery for traditional herders

by Simon Denyer Washington Post April 7, 2015

A few years after the smelter, seen in the background, opened, herders in the area said that their sheep began falling sick, with jaws so painful that they could not eat. Soon, thousands of their animals had died. When they complained, the government simply arrested five of their leaders and forced...

In rural India, farmers will not sell their land for others to develop, so Indian government wants to force them to sell

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post April 6, 2015

A worker holds onions grown on a plot of land sought by India's state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation. It hasn't been able to acquire the land because the owners won't sell. Dhaneshwar Prasad, a farmer whose land is sought, said "Why wouuld I sell this land to the government? This land gi...

Chinese riot police crush grasslands protest over chemical pollution

by Simon Denyer Washington Post April 6, 2015

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Photo feature: Yemeni civilians in the crossfire

by Almigdad Mojalli IRIN News April 6, 2015

Twelve days ago, a Saudi-led coalition of 10 nations began bombing Yemen to displace Houthi rebels who seized the capital Sana'a last September. The attacks, which have been questioned under international law, have already killed many civilians....

Fighting in Yemen is creating a humanitarian crisis

by Hugh Naylor Washington Post April 6, 2015

BEIRUT — The fighting in Yemen threatens to cause widespread hunger and thirst and displace huge numbers of people, creating another humanitarian disaster in a region already reeling from the crisis in Syria, according to analysts and aid workers...

In this March 3, 2015 photo, a Pakistani villager builds a toilet in Thatta district. Photo: Associated Press

UNICEF warns lack of toilets in Pakistan tied to stunting

by Associated Press March 30, 2015

ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than 40 million people in Pakistan do not have access to a toilet, forcing them to defecate in the open, which in turn is a major contributor to stunting in the country, a top UNICEF official said."There are 41 million people who do not have access to a toilet in Pakistan and...

On the shores of the Arabian Sea, pollution erodes a way of life

by Tim Craig Washington Post March 15, 2015

A fisherman holds his catch near the shores of a seaside village outside of Karachi. Fishermen of the village say they are getting sicker and the fish are dying off....

UN has failed Syria: NGOs

by Joe Dyke IRIN News March 12, 2015

A "report card" compiled by more than 20 aid organisations working in and around Syria – including Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision – gives the Security Council and the wider world a fail grade for attempts to stop the killing and to get aid to those most in need....

Syria: Four years on, an unimaginable toll

by IRIN News March 12, 2015

As Syria's war enters its fifth year, the human toll is almost unimaginable....

Alienation and violence: Impact of Syria crisis report 2014

by ReleifWeb March 10, 2015

"Syria: Alienation and Violence, Impact of the Syria Crisis Report" produced by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) with the support of UNDP and UNRWA, reveals the extent of dramatic setbacks in human and economic development as Syria has been ravaged by war. After four years of armed-confl...