The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, better known as OCHA, released its 2012 Consolidated Appeal Process today, and with it a list of the 15 humanitarian emergencies that it expects will continue through 2012.
You don't hear much about the floods that devastated the Sindh province of Pakistan late this summer so I was glad to come across this video from Oxfam USA of the time lapse construction of a latrine. Check it out.
At least 5 million people are affected, nearly 200 people have been killed, 4.2 million acres flooded and 1 million homes destroyed in southern Pakistan. So far, the scale is destruction is not quite as large as last summer's epic floods, but it is nonetheless a humanitarian emergency.
8 years ago today, a suicide bomber pulled his truck along side the United Nations headquarters in Iraq. 22 people were killed in the blast, including the UN's head of mission Sergio Vieira de Mello. Since then, August 19 has become a memorial day and also day to honor the work and sacrifices of humanitarian workers across the globe.