Where and to whom one is born is, it seems, arbitrary, chance, fate or karma being the divine decision maker. Wake from innocence to middle class parents in one of the developed wealthy nations of the world, and be blessed with comfort, opportunity, good health care and education and a life of profitable possibilities. Find yourself in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya or the daughter of tea pickers in Assam, India, and see before you: poverty, uncertainty, suffering and the threat of extreme exploitation.
[October 5, 2011] Paul Singer likes to breakfast on decayed carcasses. What he chews down is sickening, but just as nausea-inducing are his new table mates: Ken Langone and the Koch Brothers, Charles and David.
many millions have been displaced, evacuated, stranded or lost their homes; numerous roads, schools and health clinics destroyed
hundreds of villages washed away
millions of livestock have perished; for the rural poor something akin to a Western stock market crash that wipes out years of savings
countless farms decimated, including critical crops like corn; officials say the damage is in the hundreds of millions of dollars and it does not appear that Pakistan will recover within the next few years
infectious diseases are rising sharply
airplanes of the United States of America have flown over Pakistan and dropped bombs on dozens of occasions 1
Since then, nearly two thousand of you have left messages of support for the people of Eastern Congo on the Condition: Critical message map. The first of these messages have already arrived in Congo and more are to follow. This video shows messages being delivered by MSF staff and the reaction of local people to them.
Watch the all too common story of a child, forced to become a soldier and see the pictures he has drawn of his experiences now he is free. Then go to http://www.condition-critical.org to leave a message of support for him and all the children like him who have been forced to grow up in the most horrific way. MSF will take a selection of these messages to Congo (DRC) as a show of support and solidarity.
Watch Bahati’s story, then go to http://www.condition-critical.org to leave a message of support for the thousands of people, like Bahati, trying to keep a semblance of normality in their lives in the middle of a war zone. MSF will take a selection of these messages to Congo (DRC) as a show of support and solidarity.
Francoise was burnt when the hut she was sleeping in was set on fire. The door was locked from the outside. Her neighbours broke the door down and she escaped with one of her children, but the other dies in the fire. Visit htt://www.condition-critical.org for more stories from people living through the war in Eastern Congo.
UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings, Philip Alston: Record AfPak Drone Attacks Under Obama May Violate International Law
Investigative reporter Jane Mayer of The New Yorker magazine revealed last week that the number of US drone strikes in Pakistan has risen dramatically under President Obama. During his first nine-and-a-half months in office, Obama authorized at least forty-one CIA missile strikes in Pakistan—a rate of approximately one bombing a week. We speak to one of the most high-profile critics of the US drone program: Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Alston says the US government’s use of Predator drones may violate international law. [includes rush transcript]
Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. He is also a professor of law at New York University and co-chair of the law school’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.
Bahati is 14 years old and has never known peace. He is From Eastern Congo (DRC), where the war has been raging for more than 15 years. Here he tells of his experiences, having been injured by a bomb that fell, killing his cousin.