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Humanitarian news and analysis from Africa, Asia and the Middle East - updated daily

Humanitarian news and analysis from Africa, Asia and the Middle East - updated daily

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Portraits of the survivors of the July 22, 2011, massacre in Norway Andrea Gjestvang/Moment On July 22, 2011, a car bomb killed eight people at the executive government building in Oslo, Norway. Shortly thereafter, Anders Behring Breivik, responsible for the bombing in Oslo, opened fire at a summer youth camp for members of the Labor Party on the island of Utøya, killing 69 (mostly young) people and wounding many more; 500 people survived. Working as a photo editor at the time, Andrea Gjestvang started taking photographs of the carnage in Oslo, using her camera to help her navigate through the horrific scene. “I was very scared and confused, almost paralyzed,” she wrote via email about taking the pictures.

Water Wise - Water Conservation and Education Campaign by Rand Water "Water Wise" is Rand Water's environmental brand. It is a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the need to value water and to use it wisely. South Africa is a water stressed country, and the water resources are under tremendous pressure from a growing population, ongoing development, pollution, wetland destruction, alien invasive plants and the effects of global warming. The amount of water available for use remains the same, and despite plans to increase storage capacity through the building of new dams or water transfer schemes, predictions are that the demand for water will outstrip supply by 2025. The only answer to this dilemma lies in changing people's attitude and thus their behaviour to use water more wisely, and in this regard Rand Water’s “Water Wise” campaign is visionary.

Urbanisation and the rise of the city A SciDev.Net project Interactive by Kiln Additional research by Jerry Redfern Water, sanitation & hygiene Women and girls from remote mountain villages in North Vietnam walk up to three hours a day to haul water back to their houses for cooking. Here in Australia we turn on our taps. Fresh, clean accessible water for drinking and for cooking. We all need it, only some of us have to go to the limits of human endurance to get it. Almost 900 million people in the world do not have access to clean water – or one in eight people.

The World Factbook The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. Contact Information Submit questions or comments online The Syrian Crisis Is Rapidly Becoming The World's Crisis Syria is a country in crisis, and that crisis is rapidly becoming the world’s problem. The civil war in Syria began over three years ago, in March 2011, with popular demonstrations that quickly grew nationwide. The demonstrations were part of the wider Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring, and protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971. What Has Happened Since March 2011? * More than 100,000 people have been killed, according to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. That number is 7,000 higher than the number issued by the UN last month.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO's role in water Agriculture faces complex challenges between now and 2050 to satisfy an estimated population of nine billion. One certainty, however, is that more water will be needed to produce the estimated 60% of extra food needed. FAO’s work in water focuses on a more efficient, equitable and environmentally friendly use of water in agriculture. Issues around water that need to be addressed include: Data visualisation Data visualisation: The hidden digital divide The unstoppable global spread of the internet is encouraging, but wider access alone won't close the data gap. ICTsCommunicationDigital divideEnterpriseData We Love This British Actor. We Love Him Even More After He Held Up These Bits Of Paper. Last week, dressed in a fully zipped hooded jacket, he sent this message to photographers: Click image to Zoom This week, he took his message even further, holding up more paper signs that attacked the UK government over its abuse of civil liberties.