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Why the Ukraine crisis will ripple far beyond Europe

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Thousands of lives are lost, more than 3 million refugees flee for their lives and cities and neighbourhoods are turned to rubble. The human suffering in Ukraine has horrified the world and spurred into action humanitarian agencies. The need of the innocent and the vulnerable is there for all to see.

Are children paying the highest price of inaction in Afghanistan?

Friday, December 10, 2021

The sweet little faces of two Afghan children who have seen too much have been swimming before my eyes recently. With gut-wrenching stories of kids starving to death hitting the headlines, I can’t help but wonder about their fate. At just seven, Maha* dreamt of becoming a doctor. She’d witnessed so much pain and suffering in her short life after fleeing her home, that she wanted to help other children. Then there was a bubbly boy called Amir*, 5, who engulfed me in a hug when I entered a child friendly space in Kabul. He’d never met me before – but immediately grabbed my hand and showed me a drawing of friends he’d left behind.

An Inclusive, Resilient and Gender Responsive Roadmap to Recovery

Friday, October 30, 2020

COVID-19 exposes and exacerbates pre-existing inequalities, including gender inequalities

The universal downer: When COVID shuts down footy

Monday, October 19, 2020

Australia should make mental health relief a greater priority in our global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

These are the four countries about to by plunged into famine by COVID-19

Friday, October 9, 2020

News broke last week that four countries are officially on the brink of famine: Yemen, Congo, South Sudan, and Nigeria.

COVID-19 triggers a poverty and hunger crisis for vulnerable households in Asia-Pacific

Thursday, July 16, 2020

World Vision’s Aftershocks 3 ‘Out of Time report findings reinforce predictions of an emerging global poverty and food insecurity crisis

Plea To EndCOVID For All As Virus Grips Poverty-stricken Nations

Friday, July 3, 2020

this pandemic is humanity’s biggest test since World War Two. And it is now taking hold in the poorest nations.

COVID-19: A glimpse of what climate-induced system collapse could look like

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Here we were thinking pandemics were just material for movie scripts, when COVID-19 abruptly upended life as we knew it. Suddenly the decades-long, earnest focus of anxious epidemiologists was noticed, heard and believed by everyone - not just other scientists and Doomsday Preppers. The developed world’s restrictions on movements, sudden shutdown of industries and businesses, massive job losses and disruption of education took most of us by surprise.

Why First Nations urban communities have more to fear from COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

While the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak in remote Indigenous communities has been writ large since Australia went into lockdown, the risk to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in urban areas may be greater.