Afghanistan has experienced three decades of relentless
conflict. While foreign governments have focussed on military assistance, the
majority of Afghans believe the road to peace lies in the alleviation of poverty
and respect for basic human rights, finds a report by Oxfam et. al.
The two- year long Israeli blockade of Gazan borders has had a devastating effect on the livelihoods and well-being of the Gazan people. 1.5 million are suffering food and water insecurity, as well as inadequate healthcare, shelter and sanitation, says a report by UN OCHA.
Countries in the Arab region are particularly vulnerable to the fallout
of the global economic crisis as a result of dependency on food imports, widespread conflict
and political insecurity, and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. A report by the Arab NGO Network for Development.
Six months after Israel's 'Cast Lead' offensive on Gaza, restrictions on imports are making it impossible for Gazans to rebuild their lives. Public health and food security are at risk and poverty is increasing, say reports by Amnesty International and the Red Cross.
This report documents the observance of international humanitarian and human rights standards by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories. Protective
action must be taken immediately to deal with the humanitarian
catastrophe that is unfolding day by day, says UN Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk.
The situation for 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip is worse now than it has ever been since the start of the Israeli military occupation in 1967. The current situation in Gaza is manmade, completely avoidable and, with the necessary political will, can also be reversed.