World Food Program
Female Refugees Are Being Forced to Sell Sex to Survive Southern Africa’s Drought
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 That Preceded Syria's Civil War Was Likely the Worst in 900 Years
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.
war and conflict
The UN Plans to Use Russian Aircraft to Deliver Humanitarian Aid in Syria
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.
Millions Face Food Shortages as El Niño Fuels Africa's Worst Drought in Decades
From Somalia to South Africa, nearly a dozen countries struggle to cope with food shortages, crop failures, and dwindling water supplies.
Aid Convoy Finally Enters the Besieged Syrian Town of Madaya
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.
Aid Trucks Head for Besieged Syrian Town of Madaya
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.
Reuters and VICE News
Starvation Deaths Reported in Besieged Syrian City as UN Prepares to Send Aid
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.
Devastating Drought Has 200,000 People in Madagascar on the Brink of Starvation
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.
Liberia's Ebola Widows Face Grim Future as World's Deadliest Outbreak Subsides
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.
Jordan Has Started Deporting Medical Workers and Wounded Syrian Refugees
After taking in more than 600,000 refugees, Jordan appears to be tiring of its role and is now expelling Syrians.
Conflict in South Sudan Escalates With Return of Dry Season
The weather in South Sudan has dictated the intensity of fighting, and battles are raging now that the rainy season has ended.
South Sudan Risks Famine With Ban on Foreign Aid Workers
Humanitarian organizations say the ban could have devastating consequences for the war-ravaged country.