World Food Program
A severe drought in southern Africa has caused a spike in "transactional sex" — a term describing the exchange of sexual services for food or other vital goods, a common refugee camp phenomenon.
The drought collapsed agricultural yields and livestock herds, driving as many as 1.5 million Syrians from rural areas into cities, where resources were already scarce.
The UN's World Food Program said it would have to consult Russia and Assad's government to ensure the flight's safe passage, but played down the Russian Foreign Ministry's assertion that the UN was teaming up with Moscow and Assad.
From Somalia to South Africa, nearly a dozen countries struggle to cope with food shortages, crop failures, and dwindling water supplies.
An aid convoy that left this morning from Damascus to deliver food and other supplies to thousands of besieged civilians, some of them at risk of starvation, arrived in Madaya Monday evening.
A UN and Red Cross convoy carrying food and supplies departed Damascus to relieve starvation conditions in the besieged town, while other convoys attempted to deliver aid to the towns of Foah and Kefraya near Idlib.
Doctors Without Borders reported five starvation deaths in the besieged city of Madaya and said 200 others could require hospitalization if help doesn’t arrive soon.
A drought that began in October 2014 has led to widespread crop failure in southern Madagascar, leaving thousands — including 40,000 children — experiencing severe food shortages.
A wave of Ebola infections crippled Liberia's economy. As it wanes a year later, it is clear that women who have lost husbands have been particularly hard hit.
After taking in more than 600,000 refugees, Jordan appears to be tiring of its role and is now expelling Syrians.
The weather in South Sudan has dictated the intensity of fighting, and battles are raging now that the rainy season has ended.
Humanitarian organizations say the ban could have devastating consequences for the war-ravaged country.