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The Cost of War: Afghan Experiences of Conflict

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.

Locked In: The Humanitarian Impact of the Gaza Blockade

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.

Facing Challenges of Poverty, Unemployment, and Inequalities

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.

Gaza: a Humanitarian Crisis

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.

Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories

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.

Report: The Gaza Strip - A Humanitarian Implosion

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.

Eight million Iraqis need urgent aid, report says

A third of the Iraqi population needs emergency aid because of the humanitarian crisis caused by war and on-going violence, according to a new report.