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Rohingya refugees shop for vegetables at Kutupalong Rohingya camp bazar in the fishing port of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Friday. The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in the crowded camps for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, where more than 1 million are taking shelter. (Suzauddin Rubel/AP)

How are people in conflict-torn countries like Yemen, South Sudan and Syria affected by the pandemic? Crowded living conditions and insufficient access to water and health services put many of them at acute risk of infection, while lack of testing may exacerbate the spread of the virus.

The covid-19 crisis adds new obstacles to how over-extended humanitarian organizations including U.N agencies, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement, and non-governmental organizations deliver aid to those in need. But the pandemic’s effects on humanitarian aid are likely to extend well beyond the immediate crisis. Here are five ways covid-19 may affect humanitarian aid:

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How do you stop — or at least mitigate — the harm done by sexual and gendered violence in humanitarian crises? That’s the topic for this week’s international conference in Oslo, where governments, United Nations agencies and nongovernmental organizations are coming together to discuss commitments and solutions.

One topic that will probably arise — formally or informally — is the recent controversy over U.N. Security Council Resolution 2467, which calls for ending sexual violence in conflict, holding perpetrators accountable and assisting survivors. Until late April, the draft resolution mentioned the importance of sexual and reproductive health services for survivors of sexual violence in conflict.…  Seguir leyendo »