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  1. South Sudan: Independence at a price

    South Sudan: Independence at a price

    Arriving just days after South Sudan’s independence last year, Philip Okanya Aurugai says he has seen a flowering of enthusiasm and activity in the nation. But, as he tells RedAlert, a lack of infrastructure and a weak currency are making it hard for ...

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  2. Needs Assessment in Somalia

    Needs Assessment in Somalia

    Aleksandra Godziejewska is Head of Mission for Polish Humanitarian Action in Somalia. This June, as part of her job responding to one of the most complex crises in the world, Aleksandra did a ‘Needs Assessment’ training with RedR in Prague...

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  3. EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Karameldin Adam, Child Development Foundation

    EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Karameldin Adam, Child Development Foundation

    When people ask me why I do the job I do, I think of the challenges our children face every day. It still shocks me that 80% of our school-age kids don't go to school. Or that 50% of our youth today hasn't made it through education.

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  4. EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Simeneh Gebeyehu, National Water and Sanitation Officer, UNHCR

    EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Simeneh Gebeyehu, National Water and Sanitation Officer, UNHCR

    I know how important my skills are when it comes to saving lives. I am based in Jijiga, Eastern Ethiopia. It's a challenging location as we're close to the border with Somalia and we work with refugees who have fled civil war...

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  5. EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Tom Ogol, WASH Engineer & Project Assistant, Norwegian Refugee Council

    EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Tom Ogol, WASH Engineer & Project Assistant, Norwegian Refugee Council

    Here in the Dadaab region of North West Kenya, we know only too well that the East Africa food crisis and drought is still far from over. I work in a refugee camp called Ifo 2 and I've been here for nearly a year.

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  6. EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Ahmed Khamis Alnour, Education Superviser

    EAST AFRICA AID WORKERS: Ahmed Khamis Alnour, Education Superviser

    We provide basic education services - like reading, writing and playtime - for children living in a local camp for internally displaced people called Alhujaj. The camp is home to about 5000 men, women and children...

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  7. Water in the desert - how boreholes save lives

    Water in the desert - how boreholes save lives

    Boreholes. It might not sound like the sexiest of topics, but in disasters, boreholes - and being able to access clean water in the middle of nowhere - really is a life and death issue says RedR Member, Paul Jawor.

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  8. Day in the life: The Rainbow Warrior engineer

    Day in the life: The Rainbow Warrior engineer

    RedR Member Dave Caister has spent the past 20 years working on and off with development and environmental organisations, most notably as an electrical engineer on Greenpeace's famous Rainbow Warrior ship.

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  9. Day in the life: The humanitarian security coordinator

    Day in the life: The humanitarian security coordinator

    Aid worker security is one of the biggest challenges facing humanitarian organisations. RedR Member and Security Coordinator for Islamic Relief Worldwide Tony Keating says it's all about flexibility and finding solutions to ensure aid delivery continues.

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  10. RedR member leads Oxfam's humanitarian assessment in Libya

    RedR member leads Oxfam's humanitarian assessment in Libya

    Over the past month, more than 400,000 civilians have fled political unrest in Libya. Oxfam's Senior Humanitarian Representative, has recently returned from a mission to assess the likely need for a humanitarian response as the Libyan crisis continues.

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  11. Engineering in a time of cholera

    Engineering in a time of cholera

    The recent cholera crisis in Haiti, though it received attention for a short period, has now slipped from the headlines. But that doesn't mean to say things have got any better. In fact, they've got worse, says Civil Engineer and RedR Member Paul Jawor.

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  12. Keeping relief workers safe on the front line of aid programmes in Yemen

    Keeping relief workers safe on the front line of aid programmes in Yemen

    The security challenges facing Yemen are rarely out of the media spotlight. From the high profile kidnapping of a group of European tourists in 2009 to the recent unrest on the streets of the capital Sana'a, security is an issue aid agencies...

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  13. Ensuring quality and accountability in flood response programmes

    Ensuring quality and accountability in flood response programmes

    Titus Prince, Field Coordinator for Pakistan-based NGO Sungi Development Fund, explains how RedR training enabled him to design improved flood response programmes to meet the needs of those affected.

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  14. STORIES FROM HAITI: Nicolette Bernard, Nurse & Hygiene Promoter

    STORIES FROM HAITI: Nicolette Bernard, Nurse & Hygiene Promoter

    The panic still continues as Haitians deal with the long-term psychological impact of the earthquake. Haitian nurse Nicolette Bernard talks about the immediate devastation and why there's still a question mark over Haiti's future.

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  15. STORIES FROM HAITI: Robert Hodgson, RedR Trustee and interim Country Director

    STORIES FROM HAITI: Robert Hodgson, RedR Trustee and interim Country Director

    Robert Hodgson, RedR Trustee and interim Country Director in Haiti, explains why disaster relief should be about supporting local people in reconstructing their own lives.

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  16. STORIES FROM HAITI: Elaine Burroughs, Logistics intern, Merlin

    STORIES FROM HAITI: Elaine Burroughs, Logistics intern, Merlin

    Elaine Burroughs, Logistics intern with Merlin, talks about responding to the cholera epidemic and the difficulties of reaching people living temporary camps since the earthquake.

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  17. STORIES FROM HAITI: Shir Shah Ayobi, Water & Sanitation Delegate, Norwegian Red Cross

    STORIES FROM HAITI: Shir Shah Ayobi, Water & Sanitation Delegate, Norwegian Red Cross

    Shir Shah Ayobi, RedR Member and Water & Sanitation Delegate with the Norwegian Red Cross in Haiti, talks about providing immediate assistance and the transition to longer term solutions.

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  18. Getting into the aid sector

    Getting into the aid sector

    Michael Collins is a Programme Manager for an international NGO undertaking a project in construction capacity building training in Sumatra, Indonesia.

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  19. The challenge of getting into the humanitarian sector

    The challenge of getting into the humanitarian sector

    Getting into the sector is a challenging experience, especially for those who don't have any specific skills or technical expertise.

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  20. Providing shelter to Haiti's displaced

    Providing shelter to Haiti's displaced

    Following the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, long-term RedR Member Simon Bird was deployed as part of emergency relief organisation Medair?s shelter team to the city of Jacmel, close to the epicentre of the quake.

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