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Al Jazeera English - News - Severe Drought Grips West Timor

Al Jazeera English - News - Severe Drought Grips West Timor: "In the eastern Indonesian province of West Timor, a severe drought is causing a humanitarian crisis.
Because of the lack of rain, crops have failed and more than 20,000 children are facing acute malnutrition while hundreds of thousands of people are affected by the drought.
International aid organisations are appealing for help."

The War Prayer Video

The War Prayer Video: "O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, "

If The Shoe Fits...

If The Shoe Fits...: "4. Let me explain something to you. Your children; your spouses; your lovers and friends and parents and CONSTITUENTS are hostages to this war. They're dying for a conflict with no concrete objective. They're losing marriages and childhood moments to a never-ending cycle of extended tours. Their equipment, their morale, is stretched thin. And some of them--those of us smart enough not to buy the fucking hype--were counting on you to find your fucking testicles and put an end to this shit. We were counting on you to save us from ourselves; to find a way to put us to use serving our country in ways perhaps more effective in rebuilding our nation."

Reuters AlertNet Lite - IRAQ: UN report highlights plight of over 800,000 IDPs

Reuters AlertNet Lite - IRAQ: UN report highlights plight of over 800,000 IDPsBAGHDAD, 29 May 2007 (IRIN) - Escalating fighting and sectarian violence are forcing hundreds of families in Iraq to flee their homes on a daily basis, aid agencies say.

According to a report released on Sunday by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), an estimated 822,810 Iraqis are now displaced within their country.

Muhammad Abdul-Yassin, 39, was forced to leave his home nine months ago after continuous fighting near his home and being targeting by militias. He said he had to change his place of residence more than four times.

"There are no safe places in Iraq. Militants or insurgents find you wherever you are," Abdul-Yassin said.

"Each time we arrived in a new camp, dozens of other families arrived with us. Most of the places are full to bursting and some of the displaced families are forced to sleep rough on the ground without tents until aid agencies can give them some protection and…