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‘Only God can save us’: Yemen blockade may cause world’s largest famine in decades

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Abdulaziz al-Husseinya, nine years old and suffering from acute malnutrition, Al-Thawra hospital, Hodeidah. Photograph: Iona Craig

Iona Craig reports from Yemen where aid agencies cannot get vital shipments into the war-torn country already gripped by cholera outbreak

November 12, 2017 — Abdulaziz al-Husseinya lies skeletal and appears lifeless in a hospital in Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah. At the age of nine, he weighs less than one and a half Continue reading ‘Only God can save us’: Yemen blockade may cause world’s largest famine in decades

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

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POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

ROME, Italy (Oct. 16, 2017) — Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday, October 16, with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world. Continue reading Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

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A man cuts a tree uprooted by Hurricane Maria in a street in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population. Its governor this week appealed to Trump for additional federal aid

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Oct. 13, 2017) — President Donald Trump warned on Thursday, October 12, that his willingness to expend federal aid on hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited. Continue reading Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

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DOMINICA. An aerial view of Roseau, capital of the Caribbean island Dominica, shows destruction September 21, 2017, three days after passage of Hurricane Maria. Photo by Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

‘For now our urgent, urgent matter is to get supplies to the affected people. We’re going to need all of the helicopter help we can get, because we need to ferry the supplies to people,’ Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says

ROSEAU, Dominica (Sept. 22, 2017) — The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica appealed for desperately-needed aid and helicopters following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which left the country struggling to survive without water or electricity. Continue reading Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

Texas flood disaster by the numbers

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RIVER/HIGHWAY. Downtown Houston and submerged highways are seen August 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

The storm continues to shower the region as it heads slowly toward the neighboring state of Louisiana

HOUSTON, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — Monster storm Harvey hit the south Texas coast late Friday, August 25, and then stalled, gushing torrents of rain over Houston, the country’s fourth largest city with 6 million people in the greater metropolitan area. Continue reading Texas flood disaster by the numbers

‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Philippines – aid groups

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WADING INTO THE FRONT LINES. This photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows a government police officer along with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF-back) wading through a flooded farm on their way to the frontline in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/ AFP

Fighting in Mindanao and extreme weather events combine to make a ‘huge humanitarian crisis’ in the Philippines, says Thibault Henry of the charity Acted

PARIS, France (Aug. 24, 2017) — Fighting in the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao has combined with extreme weather events to create a “humanitarian catastrophe”, French aid groups said Wednesday. Continue reading ‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Philippines – aid groups

Caritas Manila to help Marawi victims through livelihood

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VICTIMS NEED LIVELIHOOD. Radio Veritas launches news and public service program ‘Pandesal Forum’ with (left to right) Wilson Lee Flores, George Siy, Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton Pascual, and Jarkie Miranda.

The Catholic Church, through Caritas Manila, is planning to provide livelihood programs to help Marawi victims get back on track

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 2, 2017) — The Catholic Church has been one of the most active sectors in sending aid to Marawi victims. Its humanitarian, development, and advocacy arm Caritas Philippines, or the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), donated P10 million pesos in July to internally displaced victims. Continue reading Caritas Manila to help Marawi victims through livelihood

Caritas PH brings P10-M aid to home-based Marawi evacuees

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EVACUEES. NASSA/Caritas Philippines during its rapid needs assessment in one of the evacuation areas in Iligan City. Photo courtesy of NASSA/Caritas Philippines

An estimated number of 97,788 families from Marawi or 438,701 evacuees are staying with their relatives or friends in surrounding regions

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 19, 2017) — At least 114,715 families or 522,778 persons have been displaced by the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City as of July 17, Monday. Continue reading Caritas PH brings P10-M aid to home-based Marawi evacuees

Housing agencies ordered to use gender and dev’t funds for Marawi

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DISPLACED. Marawi residents have been living in evacuation centers or in the homes of relatives and friends since the clashes in the city began on May 23, 2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr says the funds will be used ‘to address the particular needs of women affected by the conflict’

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — Agencies under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) have been ordered to use their Gender and Development (GAD) funds for women and children displaced by the Marawi crisis. Continue reading Housing agencies ordered to use gender and dev’t funds for Marawi

Maranaos call for quick release of cash aid needed for Eid’l Fitr

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EVACUEES. Marawi City residents inside an evacuation center. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Eid’l Fitr or the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan falls on Monday, June 26

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 22, 2017) — Civil society leaders affected by the crisis in Marawi City urged the national government to fast-track the release of the cash assistance they are expecting to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Continue reading Maranaos call for quick release of cash aid needed for Eid’l Fitr