Conflict and Security

People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Photo credit: Abo Haitham

Blog: Hiding from the violence in Yemen: Noor, Omar and the Cave

Noor* and her husband once had a medical clinic in Saada Governorate, north Yemen, along the border with Saudi Arabia. Now they have a mound of rubble. 

Samira has been forced to live in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo: Luca Sola/Oxfam

Blog: Syria's women sitting in limbo

I recently met Reema*, a 19-year-old Syrian girl, in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Back in Syria, Reema had her whole life before her. She'd just finished high school, and was about to go to university to study. She was eager to work and set up her future.

Then, her family home was bombed and she, her parents and sisters had to flee. Now she sits in a camp with no chance of further education, no prospect of independence, and — in her eyes — no real hope of a better future.

Sadly, Reema's story is just one of many among the people of Syria.

For a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty, to protect lives. Credit: Control Arms

Blog: Armstreaty 2011 – it’s a wrap

It’s Friday afternoon at the United Nations in New York, and I’m sitting in a room with a few hundred delegates from around the world. We’ve just finished the second ‘Preparatory Committees’  – there’s one more to come before the final negotiating conference in 2012 that we hope will result in the first truly international, legally binding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

So what has changed during this week, and what has been achieved? Here’s my run-down of some of the week’s high and low.

Afghanistan: On the road between Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul. © Guy Tillim/Control Arms

Blog: How can the Arms Treaty support development?

Last Friday in New York, Oxfam, UN Women and UNICEF brought together governments, UN officials and NGOs activists to discuss the enormous strain that conflict and armed violence puts on socio-economic development, and asked – how can the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) make a difference?

Blog: Natural disasters will hurt 50% more people by 2015. Why? Climate Change + Inequality

There has been some striking progress in reducing the death toll from natural disasters in recent decades. While Cyclone Sidr killed around 3,000 people in Bangladesh in 2007, similar or weaker storms killed 100 times that number in 1972 and 45 times more people in 1991, largely because governments and local communities have since taken action to reduce risk.

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