Africa

Refugees displaced by conflict. Photo: Jared Ferrie/IPS
Over two million South Sudanese have been displaced by ongoing conflict. Photo: Jared Ferrie/IPS

Five years after independence, South Sudan faces myriad challenges

by Lyndal Rowlands Inter Press Service July 17, 2016

South Sudan has a population of just over 11 million people, 2.3 million of whom have fled their homes due to ongoing violence. About 1.61 million South Sudanese are displaced within South Sudan, and over 720,000 have sought refuge in neigbouring countries according to the UN Office for the Coordi...

United Nations peacekeepers from Rwanda wait for orders at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal, South Sudan on Thursday. Photo: Jane Hahn/The Washington Pos
United Nations peacekeepers from Rwanda wait for orders at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal, South Sudan on Thursday. Photo: Jane Hahn/The Washington Post)

In South Sudan, bodies are being counted as peace accord appears to unravel

by Kevin Sieff and Max Bearak Washington Post July 17, 2016

Even though the fighting that tore through the capital  had mostly stopped, many of the 45,000 people who fled the clashes searched for food and water, often without success. The United Nations had reached a critical shortage of basic aid supplies, officials said....

Miranto (left) and Sitraka were born on the same day in the same Madagascar village, but Sitraka is chronically malnourished. Photo: Tom Maguire/RESULTS
Miranto (left) and Sitraka were born on the same day in the same Madagascar village, but Sitraka is chronically malnourished.  Photo:  Tom Maguire/RESULTS

These 2 boys were born the same day in the same town, but their lives will be dramatically different.

by Lauren Weber Huntington Post July 13, 2016

How chronic malnourishment damages the bodies and brains of 1 in 4 children worldwide....

African women are breaking their backs to get water for their families

by Darryl Fears Washington Post June 2, 2016

Hauling heavy loads can cause physical damage, analysis finds....

The Mashango family stand in front of their drought-affected crops in the Buhera district of Zimbabwe. Photo: Tamara van Vliet/OCHA
The Mashango family stand in front of their drought-affected crops in the Buhera district of Zimbabwe.  Photograph: Tamara van Vliet/OCHA

Across Africa, the worst food crisis since 1985 looms for 50 million

by John Vidal The Guardian May 22, 2016

A second year without rain threatens to bring catastrophe for some of the poorest people in the world. Donor countries, in the grip of wars and refugee crises, have been slow to pledge funds. But by the time they do, it could be too late...

A Balka Pigmy village in the Central African Republic. Photo: Susan Schulman/The Guardian

Life for the Baka Pygmies of the Central African Republic

by Susan Schulman The Guardian May 4, 2016

Susan Schulman’s photo essay reveals life in the Dzanga-Sangha forest, where Baka Pygmies are struggling to maintain their traditional way of life in the face of logging, poaching and a lack of healthcare....

The meal of dried bean leaves with a tomato prepared by 83-year-old Rosa Mastindi in Mbavari – the only crop she has been able to grow. Her grandson Success, 18, has had to drop out of school. They cannot afford cooking oil. Photograph: Lucy Lamble/The Guardian

It’s a disaster’: children bear brunt of southern Africa’s devastating drought

by Lucy Lamble The Guardian April 21, 2016

In southern Malawi and Zimbabwe, drought is overwhelming communities, forcing families to rely on meals of leaves and watermelon soup....

Boko Haram is losing, but so is food production

by Mbom Sixtus IRIN News March 11, 2016

Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram is finally swinging in the government’s favour, but it’s going to take much longer for food production to recover in the country’s northeast. The same is true in neighbouring Cameroon, which has also felt the impact of the violence....

Photo: Aida Muluneh/The Washington Post

Bananas, corn and beans facing a bleak future as staple African crops decline

by Sam Jones The Guardian March 7, 2016

Bananas, maize and beans could be among crops consigned to history in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with drastic consequences for people who rely on beans as a vital source of protein.Climate change will leave swaths of sub-Saharan Africa unable to produce staple crops such as maize, bananas and bean...

Photo: Justiça Ambiental

Mozambique’s movement to end land grabs

by Anabela Lemos Justiça Ambiental (Mozambique) March 1, 2016

To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land breaks the community, displaces access to food and water, and uproots the connection to nature and [local...

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