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News in the Humanosphere: Food aid distribution turns deadly in Zambia

At least eight people were killed and 28 others injured in a stampede in Zambia’s capital Lusaka on Monday as thousands of poor people struggled to claim food handouts, police said. Police have opened an inquiry into the deadly crush that followed 35,000 people trying to enter a sports complex where the Church of Christ was giving out food parcels. “We have since dispersed the gathering and an inquiry into the matter has been instituted,” a police statement said. (Reuters

Warning for Ethiopia…Millions of drought-stricken Ethiopians needing food, water and emergency medical care are not receiving it due to funding shortages, the United Nations said, warning the crisis will worsen if spring rains fail as predicted. (Reuters

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Militants attacked a Malian army post near the border of Burkina Faso, killing 11 soldiers, a Mali defense ministry spokesman said. (Reuters

At least eight Afghan civilians, including four children, were killed in an attack in western Farah province, according to Afghan officials. However, there is disagreement over what exactly caused the deaths. (AP

Almost 1,300 migrants arrived in Sicily on rescue ships over the weekend after crossing the Mediterranean, while a 16-year-old boy died on one of the ships, Italy’s Coast Guard said. (Reuters

Mexico formally began operating centers for the defense of Mexican immigrants in its 50 consulates and embassies in the United States. (CNN

A moderate earthquake of magnitude 5.9 hit the Philippines, killing a woman and hurting 25 people, the Philippine seismic agency and a provincial governor said. (Reuters

Cameroon, Nigeria and the UN refugee agency UNHCR have signed an agreement for the return home of 85,000 Nigerians who fled to Cameroon to escape attacks from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. (DW

Five months of multi-sided clashes in Syria’s crowded northern battlefield have displaced some 66,000 people, a U.N. humanitarian agency said Sunday, a day after the U.S. bolstered Kurdish-led forces with a deployment of armored vehicles amid preparations for a push toward the Islamic State group’s de facto capital. (AP

The U.N. issued a new call for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti following a damning investigation of the country’s losses from Hurricane Matthew six months ago. (UNISDR

The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum produces a molecule which makes infected humans emit carbon dioxide and other volatile compounds that attract mosquitoes and help them spread the disease more efficiently, a study has found. (SciDevNet


What We Mean When We Talk About “Foreign Aid” (Global Dispatches Podcast

4 Reasons Why Foreign Aid Is As American As Apple Pie (Development Set

Be Bold for Change–Empower Women, Empower Humanity (IPS

On Buhari’s Absence from Nigeria (Sahel Blog

Nigeria Proves a Missing President Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing (Foreign Policy

Attacks on Afghan hospitals hit children the hardest (IRIN

The CGI annual meeting is no more. Can anyone fill the gap? (Devex

Irony fail, international edition (Cherokee Gothic

Breaking Barriers for Women Is a Short Cut to Economic Growth and Development (IPS

Q&A: Adam Smith International’s outgoing Executive Chairman William Morrison (Devex


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