Author: Chris Aucoin

Finding peace of mind

Mental health and psychosocial services can be critical to recovery efforts in times of crisis. Now a growing part of emergency response, these services still fall far short of the massive needs. How should humanitarians respond?

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A city of misery

With heavier rains expected to hit their makeshift camps, desperate people who fled violence in Myanmar have even more to worry about.

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Urban outbreaks

How should cities, humanitarian organizations and local communities avoid the next urban pandemic?

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Focus: Prison Waterfront

Built on marshlands between a prison and one of the thousands of creeks that make up the Niger delta, the Prison Waterfront neighbourhood is one of many shanty towns to grow up on the outskirts of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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Life on Syria Street

The largely urban conflict in Syria has also had a major impact on cities in neighbouring countries. Lebanon, which hosts some 1.2million Syrians, is dealing with complex confessional fault lines.

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Urban resilience: a tale of two cities

We could say that today’s rapid urbanization is a tale of two cities. The first is a story of shining high-rises, the second, a tale of sprawling shanty towns. A guest editorial by Fouad Bendimerad.

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A walk through Kigogo

Using an online map they helped developed with local residents, Tanzania Red Cross National Society volunteers offer a tour of the risks and assets of Kigogo, a neighbourhood in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Front line city

As cities take on greater importance — as population centres and economic hubs — they have also become front lines in most of today’s conflicts.

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