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26 Jun 2018 description
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The EU has started resettling refugees from Libya, but only 174 have made it to Europe in seven months

18 Jan 2018 description
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2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.

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16 Jan 2018 description
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The rise in man-made, protracted emergencies means millions are at risk of starving around the globe this year

It’s a difficult new year for the humanitarian system and those reliant on it: a near-record number of people are in need and yet a yawning funding gap will limit what assistance can be provided.

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05 Jul 2017 description
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Loren B. Landau

Caroline Kihato


South Africa’s National Assembly recently passed a bill to set up a new border management agency. The Border Management Authority will fall under Home Affairs, a government department long distinguished by its lack of respect for immigrant and refugee rights. But there are other, deeper causes for concern.

09 Jun 2017 description
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A new UN-led reform policy aims to bridge the gap between humanitarian and development actors. Heard this tune before? Perhaps. But the so-called New Way of Working (NWOW) has, according to its champions, the potential to radically improve how emergency relief programmes are designed and delivered.

10 Feb 2017 description
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SAN FRANCISCO, 7 February 2017

For those forced to live through them, droughts are less an unusual event than a way of life that constantly tests your resilience and resourcefulness.

To be a farmer, or make a living from livestock in Ethiopia, where my organisation, Mercy Corps, has been working for many years, you need to be innovative in the face of ever-changing weather patterns.

04 Jan 2017 description
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Par Obi Anyadike
Rédacteur pour l'Afrique

NAIROBI, 27 décembre 2016

Dans une bonne partie du monde, la saison des fêtes est l’occasion de se faire plaisir. Mais il en va bien autrement pour ceux qui sont occupés à fuir la violence et les bouleversements ou qui se trouvent coincés dans un camp de réfugiés avec pour tout repas de Noël les maigres rations alimentaires qui leur sont distribuées.

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28 Dec 2016 description
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By Obi Anyadike

Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 27 December 2016

Across much of the world, the festive season is a time of indulgence. But what if you’re too busy fleeing violence and upheaval, or stuck in a refugee camp on reduced rations?

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26 Aug 2015 description
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ISTANBUL, 26 août 2015 (IRIN) - Le terme « famine » est l’un des plus forts du vocabulaire humanitaire, doté du pouvoir de faire apparaître des images insoutenables de souffrance humaine, de désespoir et d’échec mondial. En théorie, ça devrait être l’équivalent humanitaire d’une alarme incendie – à n’utiliser qu’en cas d’extrême urgence.

La semaine dernière, la directrice du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) a brisé la glace en alertant que le Yémen risquait de connaître la famine si la tendance actuelle se confirmait.

25 Aug 2015 description
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By Joe Dyke

ISTANBUL, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Famine is among the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, with the power to conjure up unbearable images of human suffering, desperation and global failure. In theory, it should be the humanitarian equivalent of the fire alarm – to be used only in absolute emergencies.

Last week, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) smashed the glass – warning that Yemen was facing a famine if current trends continue.

14 Jul 2015 description
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By Christopher Horwood

NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - In a new column, Christopher Horwood, who has worked in humanitarian and development aid for over three decades and is the founding coordinator of the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) in Nairobi, Kenya, urges EU leaders to rethink their contradictory approach to irregular migration

20 Apr 2015 description
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OXFORD, 20 April 2015 (IRIN) - Every time a migrant boat capsizes, a death toll is estimated by aid agencies and reproduced in media reports. But what about that other number? What about all those who die before ever setting foot on a boat? That number may be far higher.

Some 1,600 migrants have died or are missing after trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, including almost 700 who perished in last weekend’s tragedy off Libya, the worst on record.

02 Jul 2014 description
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AFAR/JOHANNESBOURG, 2 juillet 2014 (IRIN) - Momina Ali, une adolescente, vit dans une région parmi les plus inhospitalières et les plus chaudes de la planète - la région d'Afar, en Ethiopie, où les températures annuelles moyennes tournent autour de 35 degrés Celsius. Son village, Anderkelo, connait des pluies de plus en plus irrégulières et Momina manque une journée d'école tous les trois ou quatre jours pour aller chercher de l'eau.

01 Jul 2014 description
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AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 (IRIN) - Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table.

08 May 2014 description
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KISUMU/NAIROBI, 8 May 2014 (IRIN) - Climate change and increased population movements could see the spread of kala-azar (also known as visceral leishmaniasis or black fever) to hitherto unaffected locations, scientists warn.

22 Apr 2014 description
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LONDRES, 22 avril 2014 (IRIN) - Le Nigeria vient tout juste de passer, en grande pompe dans la catégorie des pays à moyen revenu. Ce n'est pas le genre de pays que l'on associe à la faim généralisée ou un pays dont les habitants obtiennent normalement - ou s'attendent à obtenir - une aide alimentaire. Et pourtant, près d'un quart des jeunes enfants nigérians ont un poids insuffisant et environ 40 pour cent présentent un retard de croissance ; ils ne consomment pas suffisamment d'aliments nutritifs pour développer leur plein potentiel physique et mental.

19 Apr 2014 description
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LONDON, 18 April 2014 (IRIN) - With a certain amount of fanfare, Nigeria has just officially become a middle income country. It is not the sort of country associated with widespread hunger, or a country where people normally get, or expect to get, food aid. And yet around a quarter of small children in Nigeria are underweight, and around 40 percent are stunted; they do not get enough nutritious food to reach their full physical and mental potential. In a nation of 170 million people that is a huge number of children, far too many to be reached by any feeding scheme.

02 Apr 2014 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 2 April 2014 (IRIN) - Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security.

Wheat stem rust, also known as wheat black rust, is often referred to as the “polio of agriculture”: The rapidly mutating fungal disease can travel thousands of kilometres and wipe out crops.

11 Nov 2013 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 11 novembre 2013 (IRIN) - Selon une nouvelle série d’études, les facteurs de stress climatique comme les sécheresses et inondations récurrentes portent d’ores et déjà atteinte aux moyens de subsistance de certaines populations, affaiblissant leur capacité à s’adapter ou à améliorer leur vie.

Les auteurs ont exhorté les négociateurs qui se réuniront à Varsovie le 11 novembre, conformément à la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC), de redoubler d’efforts pour atténuer les effets du changement climatique.

21 Oct 2013 description
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NAIROBI, 21 octobre 2013 (IRIN) - Plus de deux cents ans après l'interdiction de l'esclavage, 29,8 millions de personnes dans le monde sont toujours soumises à de nouvelles et diverses formes de servitude. C'est ce que montre un nouvel indice de classement de 162 pays.