The Chinese government has turned down Japan’s offer to help with relief efforts following an earthquake in China’s southwest Sichuan province that left at least 193 people dead and more than 12,000 injured.
The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting supports some of the deepest reporting (of all media) on the sweet spot between human, sociopolitical, and environmental crises.
This video shows the incredible work by Mujib Mashal, who for several months explored how international development aid lacks focus on its most important resource: water and water infrastructure. Afghanistan is an agricultural society, yet less than 5% of aid money goes to the water sector.
Mashal’s coverage of water in Afghanistan is an outstanding gift to the world.
Pulitzer Center grantee Mujib Mashal explains how trans-boundary water tensions with Iran and Pakistan cast a shadow on the development of Afghanistan’s mainly agricultural economy.
In his reporting project, he’s found water murder, violent threats against political officials, farmers’ reluctance to diversify from poppy production until there’s enough water, and an international reluctance to get involved. Only 5 percent of aid money flowing into Afghanistan goes to the water sector, despite clear needs for infrastructure. Read more here.
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VIDEO REPORT: Malnutrition widespread among Maldivian children
Nearly 17 per cent of children in Maldives are underweight, and up to 19 per cent suffer from stunting. UNICEF is supporting government efforts to improve child nutrition.
Read the full story here: http://uni.cf/M0YGFc