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Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

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DISASTER SITE.A general view of the site of a mud slide in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown on August 15, 2017. Saidu Bah/AFP

With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as ‘overwhelming’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Aug. 17, 2017) — Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday, August 16, as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters. Continue reading Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

Urgent need for relief in Fiji’s remote islands

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A child climbs through the remains of a home destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

March 4, 2016 — Aid and relief to Fiji’s remote communities hit by Cyclone Winston is increasingly challenging, with the Red Cross saying the outer islands are in urgent need of food, water and emergency shelter.

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Iceland welcomes first Syrian refugees

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WELCOME TO ICELAND. The first group of Syrian refugees is welcomed by Iceland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eyglo Hardardottir (R) on January 19, 2016 upon their arrival at Keflavik airport. Haraldur Gudjonsson/AFP
Reykjavik initially said it would take in 50 refugees but then said it would increase that figure

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (Jan. 20, 2016) — Iceland on Tuesday, January 19, welcomed the first Syrian refugees to reach the country, as 6 families swapped a Red Cross camp in Lebanon for the chilly climes of Europe’s extreme north.

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Aid trucks enter starvation-hit Syria town

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BADLY-NEEDED HELP. Syrians wait for the arrival of an aid convoy on January 11, 2016 in the besieged town of Madaya as part of a landmark 6-month deal reached in September for an end to hostilities in those areas in exchange for humanitarian assistance. Photo by stringer/AFP
Residents of Madaya, Syria say they have no food, no water, and no electricity

MADAYA, Syria (Jan. 12, 2016) — The first trucks of aid entered the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, January 11, where more than two dozen people have reportedly starved to death, as the UN called for hundreds to be evacuated for medical treatment.

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Aid heads for starving Syrian town Madaya

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WAITING. Syrians wait for the arrival of an aid convoy on January 11, 2016 in the besieged town of Madaya. Photo by Marwan Ibrahim/AFP
The delivery will happen simultaneously with aid entering two government-held towns under rebel siege in the northwest of the country

DAMASCUS, Syria (Jan. 11, 2016) — Dozens of aid trucks headed on Monday to the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya, where more than two dozen people are reported to have starved to death.

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