May 19, 2016 | 0 comments

As the first-ever international humanitarian summit is only a week away, Turkey's leading aid organizations are focusing on the need to "localize aid" with "stronger local actors". As Istanbul gets ready to host the World Humanitarian Summit between May 23-24, Anadolu Agency spoke to domestic NGOs who say empowering local communities is the best way to cope with disasters. Head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, says if local humanitarian aid groups are not strengthened "communities will be more open to disasters". "Aid made by larger international organizations in local places is not sustainable and results in very high costs." Kinik says reform of the humanitarian aid system is needed, describing it as "reshaping aid". More at

May 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Civil wars divide nations along social, economic, and political lines, often pitting neighbors against each other. In the aftermath of civil wars, many countries undertake truth and reconciliation efforts to restore social cohesion, but little has been known about whether these programs reach their intended goals. A new study suggests reconciliation programs promote societal healing, but that these gains come at the cost of reduced psychological health, worsening depression, anxiety, and trauma. More at

May 4, 2016 | 0 comments

More than 500 million people live in the Middle East and North Africa — a region which is very hot in summer and where climate change is already evident. The temperature during summer in the already very hot Middle East and North Africa will increase more than two times faster compared to the average global warming. This means that during hot days temperatures south of the Mediterranean will reach around 46 degrees Celsius (approximately 114 degrees Fahrenheit) by mid-century. As a result, the number of climate refugees could increase dramatically in future:

April 18, 2016 | 0 comments

The Spanish Red Cross says as many as 100,000 people may need assistance in the area of Ecuador devastated by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed at least 350 people and injured thousands. The group says in a statement that there is no official estimate yet on the number of affected people but it estimates that between 70,000 and 100,000 will need some kind of help. It says that 3,000 to 5,000 people need temporary housing after the quake flattened homes. Spain's Red Cross says it is helping the Ecuadorean Red Cross evaluate need for the coastal area devastated by the quake. More at

April 18, 2016 | 0 comments

The U.S. military joined relief efforts Monday in southern Japan for areas devastated by two powerful earthquakes as local rescuers combed through debris looking for 10 people still reported missing. Authorities said at least 42 people had died and nearly 1,100 were injured in the two quakes that hit the region near Kumamoto city late Thursday and early Sunday. Rescuers were redoubling search efforts on the southern island of Kyushu, where many areas were cut off by landslides and road and bridge damage. Forecasts for heavy rains, which would make land and collapsed buildings even more unstable, added to the urgency. More at