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The New Humanitarian brings you an inside look at the conflicts and natural disasters that leave millions of people in need each year, and the policies and people who respond to them. Join TNH’s journalists in the aid policy hub of Geneva and in global hotspots to unpack the stories that are disrupting and shaping lives around the world.

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The New Humanitarian brings you an inside look at the conflicts and natural disasters that leave millions of people in need each year, and the policies and people who respond to them. Join TNH’s journalists in the aid policy hub of Geneva and in global hotspots to unpack the stories that are disrupting and shaping lives around the world.

    A Syrian reminder: The ones you once saw suffering, still are | First Person

    A Syrian reminder: The ones you once saw suffering, still are | First Person

    Iyad Agha, a Syrian now living in Germany, has been working on his country's humanitarian crisis for nearly a decade. The United Nations itself recently said that “Syria is in danger of being forgotten”, while noting that the country is facing the highest levels of humanitarian need since the start of its 13-year war. Some 7.2 million people have been forcibly displaced inside the country, and another 5.1 million are refugees in neighbouring countries. Türkiye is host to 3.3 million refugees who are increasingly subjected to harassment, not to mention arbitrary arrest, detention, and deportation by authorities. In this First Person account, he narrates his experiences as an aid worker in Türkiye, and laments how many times Syrians have had to rebuild their lives.
    The continuing conflict in Syria is featured in The New Humanitarian’s annual list of ten crises that demand your attention now, which highlights places in the world where needs are rising, aid budgets have been cut or are insufficient, and where people feel forgotten by the international community. Over the coming months, our First Person series will feature aid workers and people affected by the crises on this year’s list.
     

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    The preventable trauma of humanitarians | What’s Unsaid (REPLAY)

    The preventable trauma of humanitarians | What’s Unsaid (REPLAY)

    *This episode was originally published on September 27, 2023. 
    Aid worker and psychologist Imogen Wall tells host Ali Latifi that the way humanitarian organisations are run, can do as much damage to aid workers' mental health as being confronted with war, hunger, and rights abuses. 
    What’s Unsaid is a bi-weekly podcast by The New Humanitarian, where we explore open secrets and uncomfortable truths around the world’s conflicts and disasters. 
     
     

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    The stories humanitarians tell (and why they need to change) | Rethinking Humanitarianism

    The stories humanitarians tell (and why they need to change) | Rethinking Humanitarianism

    When crises hit, a host of questions arise, among them: Who needs humanitarian aid? How much? Who delivers it? And who has the power to make all of those decisions?
    How aid agencies and the media choose to frame this information doesn’t always help.
    For the last year, researchers at ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) have been trying to understand narratives and the role they play in humanitarian response and policy. What they’re finding so far is that human stories are more powerful than data when it comes to influencing change in the sector, and yet humanitarians don’t take their role as storytellers seriously enough.
    In this bonus episode, we get a snapshot of HPG’s ongoing exploration of humanitarian narratives from one of its main researchers, and we bring together a local organisation founder, a researcher, and a journalist to discuss the power humanitarians have to shape the stories that affect crisis response.
    Guests: John Bryant, research fellow at ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group; Leen Fouad, research officer at ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group; Mohamed Ali Diini, founder of Iftiin Foundation and chair of the Shaqo Platform; Patrick Gathara, senior editor for inclusive storytelling at The New Humanitarian.
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    SHOW NOTES
    Understanding the role of narratives in humanitarian policy change | ODI Change without transformation: how narratives influenced the humanitarian cash agenda | ODI What is a humanitarian crisis, really? | Rethinking Humanitarianism Gaza: a litmus test for the humanitarian sector’s commitment to decolonisation? | ODI How do you break the mould around international aid? Try genuine trust  ____
    Got a question or feedback? Email podcast@thenewhumanitarian.org or have your say on Twitter using the hashtag #RethinkingHumanitarianism.

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    Who can the Rohingya rely on? | What’s Unsaid

    Who can the Rohingya rely on? | What’s Unsaid

    Exiled from a country plagued by decades of civil war, allegations of genocide and ethnic cleansing, and limits on basic democratic rights, Maung Zarni, an academic, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace prize nominee, explains why the Rohingya cannot rely on protection from within the country. “I'm Burmese myself,” he tells host Ali Latifi. “We have proven incapable of maintaining peace and stability in our own country for the last 75 years”. 
    What’s Unsaid is a bi-weekly podcast by The New Humanitarian, where we explore open secrets and uncomfortable conversations around the world’s conflicts and disasters. 
     

    • 25 min
    Faith as a way forward | What’s Unsaid

    Faith as a way forward | What’s Unsaid

    Viewed from Western aid capitals, the international humanitarian system is overwhelmingly secular. But for much of the rest of the world, people’s lived realities are very different. As Amjad Mohamed Saleem, a development and peacebuilding entrepreneur tells host Obi Anyadike, being a person of faith in the aid industry is a “dynamic struggle”.
    What’s Unsaid is a bi-weekly podcast by The New Humanitarian, where we explore open secrets and uncomfortable conversations around the world’s conflicts and disasters. 
     

    • 24 min
    ‘Culture of solidarity’: Why I’m hosting Congolese relatives who fled the M23 conflict | First Person

    ‘Culture of solidarity’: Why I’m hosting Congolese relatives who fled the M23 conflict | First Person

    One and a half million people have been uprooted by the conflict between the M23 rebel group and the national army in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Many are now living with host families, little-heralded frontline responders who play a central role in relief efforts across the region. Nicholas Bahati Ndoolé, a humanitarian worker based in the city of Goma, is one such host. In this First Person essay, he shares the many challenges his family faces, and explains why he feels he must shelter his relatives. 
    The continuing conflict in the DRC is featured in The New Humanitarian’s annual list of ten crises that demand your attention now, which highlights places in the world where needs are rising, aid budgets have been cut or are insufficient, and where people feel forgotten by the international community. Over the coming months, our First Person series will feature aid workers and people affected by the crises on this year’s list.

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Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

gpettey19 ,

Great initiative, please add links

Please include speaker names and links to articles/documents/sources referred to in the show notes so that listeners can do follow up reading on the episode’s content! Thanks.

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Politicized of migration 1 June 2022

Why is the world all up in arms when Russia invaded Ukraine, but we merely watch as Israel invaded Palestine… Is there really any difference?
I can not physically give to help the worlds problems, but I can uniformly give monies…

Sarita7981 ,

Stop whining

Please stop the whining about Ukrainian refugees.

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