Africa

Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished. ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA
Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished.  “In the Northern Region of Ghana, 30 percent of children under five are stunted or chronically malnourished,” the report said. “This not only affects their growth but also their educational development and economic potential, and consequently the future of the country.” Photo: ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA

Malnutrition costs Ghana economy $2.6 billion annually

by Dasmani Laary The Africa Report August 9, 2016

Ghana loses $2.6 billion annually, or 6.4 percent of its gross national product, due to problems associated with poor nutrition in children, a United Nations report has revealed....

Nearly half the children in drought-stricken South Madagascar are malnourished. Photo: ©Miriam Gathigah/IPS
Nearly half the children in drought-stricken South Madagascar are malnourished. Photo: ©Miriam Gathigah/IPS

Malagasy children bear brunt of severe drought

by Miriam Gathigah Inter Press Service July 21, 2016

Voahevetse Fotetse can easily pass for a three-year-old even though he is six and a pupil at Ankilimafaitsy Primary School in Ambovombe district, Androy region, one of the most severely affected by the ongoing drought in the South of Madagascar. “Fotetse is just like many of the pupils here who, d...

African Water Bank technicians put the final touches on a water storage tank at a homestead in the Duka Moja area of Narok County, Kenya. Photo: Justus Wanzala/IPS
African Water Bank technicians put the final touches on a water storage tank at a homestead in the Duka Moja area of Narok County, Kenya. Photo: ©Justus Wanzala/IPS

Large scale rainwater harvesting eases scarcity in Kenya

by Justus Wanzala Inter Press Service July 21, 2016

Rainwater harvesting in Kenya and other places is hardly new. But in this water-stressed country, where two-thirds of the land is arid or semiarid, the quest for a lasting solution to water scarcity has driven useful innovations in this age-old practice....

Mayak is a small settlement close to the frontline, which stretches across Blue Nile. Just outside town, a path leads to a wide, dry riverbed. Groups of people — mostly women and kids — are spread out, each under a different patch of shade. Ayak sits with a snoozing baby, her children scampering nearby. Photo: IRIN
Mayak is a small settlement close to the frontline, which stretches across Blue Nile. Just outside town, a path leads to a wide, dry riverbed. Groups of people — mostly women and kids — are spread out, each under a different patch of shade. Ayak sits with a snoozing baby, her children scampering nearby.  Her husband, a rebel soldier, was killed in battle. “I am really suffering,” she says. “Maybe, if he was here, we could share this burden together.”  Photo: IRIN

Blue Nile—Sudan’s forgotten front

by Amanda Sperber, Ashley Hamer, Alex Pritz, Will Miller, and Ross Martin IRIN News July 18, 2016

Eclipsed by the media coverage of Darfur and South Sudan, a little-known rebellion lingers in the southeastern corner of Sudan. The roots of the conflict are long and winding, but for the civilians caught in the midst of Blue Nile's insurgency the effects are immediately real....

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....

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