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El Niño shifts cholera burden onto East Africa

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Humanitarian aid in Turkana, Kenya, in response to a lingering cholera outbreak. ©EU/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie.

In 2015-16, one of the strongest El Niño events in recorded history played havoc with the world’s weather. Among its impacts, heavy rainfall brought flooding to much of East Africa, affecting millions of people

April 10, 2017 — In the wake of the floods came a cholera epidemic, with outbreaks in Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. In Tanzania, for example, more than 24,000 people contracted the bacterial disease and 378 died. Continue reading El Niño shifts cholera burden onto East Africa

10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

LONDON, United Kingdom (Oct. 4, 2016) —  Ten countries accounting for 2.5% of world GDP are hosting more than half the world’s refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday, October 4, as it slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations.  Continue reading 10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

Drought and rising temperatures ‘leaves 36m people across Africa facing hunger’

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A maize plant among other dried maize in a field in Hoopstad in the Free State province, South Africa. The country suffered its driest year on record in 2015. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Unusually strong El Niño, coupled with record-high temperatures, has had a catastrophic effect on crops and rainfall across southern and eastern Africa

March 16, 2016 — More than 36 million people face hunger across southern and eastern Africa, the United Nations has warned, as swaths of the continent grapple with the worst drought in decades at a time of record high temperatures.

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South Sudan troops ‘suffocated 50 people in container’

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SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS. Internally displaced women and children wait for their food ration from the World Food Programme in Unity State on July 25, 2015. File photo by Charles Lomodong/AFP
Ceasefire monitors also list other truce violations and crimes, including rape

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Feb. 1, 2016) — South Sudan government troops killed some 50 people by stuffing them into a shipping container in baking heat, ceasefire monitors have said in a report noting the latest atrocities in two years of war.

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Millions of Ethiopians facing worst drought for decades

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ESCAPING WAR. A woman and her children displaced by fighting in South Sudan sit outside her tent at the Kule camp for Internally Displaced People at the Pagak border crossing in Gambella, Ethiopia, on July 10, 2014. Zacharias Abubeker/AFP
Forecasts indicate that the number of people needing food aid in Ethiopia could double within months

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Jan. 31, 2016) — Ethiopia is struggling from its worst drought for 30 years with millions in dire need of life saving aid, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday, January 31.

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