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Weekly roundup, May 16-20
Hello and welcome to this week’s roundup. Following months of reporting in Burkina Faso and Mali, we’ve been running out a series exploring how local communities have taken it upon themselves to open up peace dialogues with jihadists. Our latest story looks at how one man super-charged those efforts in central Mali. Also this week, meet the Afghans taking dangerous journeys to Iran to find work. Plus, what should African governments do to protect citizens caught up in Ukraine’s war? And don’t miss the season finale of our Fixing Aid podcast, which dives into the murky world of high-tech border surveillance and how it's effecting migrants and refugees. First, how extreme are the heat waves in South Asia and what can be done about them?
Weekend read

Scant hope for relief as repeated heat waves scorch Pakistan
‘Our crops are under immense stress, and workers on the fields have been coming down with heatstroke.’
Temperatures reached 48 degrees Celsius in the Sindh province of Pakistan this month, nearing the 50.2 degrees in 2018 that set the world record for the hottest-ever day in April. The heat wave is being felt across South Asia, causing disastrous floods, water shortages, and heatstroke, with temperatures expected to continue rising throughout May. And while extremely high temperatures are not uncommon in Pakistan, researchers this week said the climate crisis is making heat waves 100 times more likely in a country consistently ranked as one of the most vulnerable to climate change. Without a dramatic global course correction, sea level rise, water stress, crop yield reductions, ecosystem loss, and drought will force 1.2 million people in Pakistan to migrate by 2030. Local activists say the government isn’t helping either, claiming that it lacks a contingency plan and any real understanding of the public health effects of prolonged heat stress. “We have crossed 50 degrees already [in Larkana],” said Junaid Ahmed Dahar, an activist based in the northern Sindh city. “As climate change picks up pace in the years to come, I doubt human survival will be possible in this region.”

A constructive take on a humanitarian issue.
African governments must do more to protect citizens caught up in Ukraine’s war

International law isn’t without policy tools to address this discrimination – if leaders have the courage to do so.
Broadly speaking, European countries have given a warm welcome to Ukrainian refugees. The EU’s temporary protection directive allows Ukrainians to work, study, and claim social services for up to three years without having to apply for asylum. Have the 16,000 African students who were living in Ukraine before the war been granted the same provisions? Unfortunately not. But it’s not just European leaders who could do more. Here, Chepkorir Sambu, a Kenyan lawyer and graduate student in the US, offers four recommendations to African governments to better address the racism and discrimination that students fleeing Ukraine face. 
Fixing Aid | The dangers of border technology for refugees
‘The guards are always watching us. All this technology is not at all making me feel safer.’

Biometrics, drones, sensor towers, and robot dogs: In this episode of Fixing Aid, host Alae Ismail explores the growing use of border and surveillance technology and looks at the grave consequences and long-lasting impacts for refugees and migrants around the globe.
Our latest coverage from Geneva and around the globe

A kidnapped teacher, a fed up farmer, and a push for dialogue with Mali’s militants
I knew the conflict would affect me again if I did nothing.’

The story of one local leader risking his life to protect his community.

For desperate Afghans, risky crossings into Iran are worth chancing
‘Who likes to be beaten, humiliated, or killed? But it’s difficult to cover the cost of a family here.’

As it gets harder to feed their families, more and more Afghans are attempting risky journeys into Iran via Pakistan to find work.

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