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12 Oct 2018 description
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Can big money and big data make famine a thing of the past?

Geneva, 12 October 2018 | In the runup to a 2011 famine in Somalia that killed over 250,000 people, there were 78 warnings. Last year famine nearly happened again, not only in Somalia but in Yemen, South Sudan, and West Africa’s Lake Chad region. Now, a multi-billion dollar venture is betting that big data and smart money can make famine a thing of the past.

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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

05 Jun 2018 description
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After enduring a year of drought and then the heaviest rainfall in over three decades, more than 750,000 Somalis must now figure out how to secure food and shelter and deal with emerging health risks. Last month, Somalia’s government and the UN appealed for $80 million to help people affected by flooding in the south and centre of the country.

16 May 2018 description
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Despite calls to reform and “localise” the response to humanitarian crises, two thirds of the money went to just 13 major groups

The numbers are in: 2017 was another costly year for humanitarian aid donors, but despite huge needs in Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, and elsewhere, funding levels have stagnated.

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27 Mar 2018 description
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Braving harsh terrain, kidnapping threats and a months’ long journey

Over the past three years, around 200,000 Yemenis have fled their country, displaced by a continuing conflict that has led to 6,000 civilian deaths and left 22.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance or protection. Yet for tens of thousands of migrants escaping economic or political distress in Somalia and Ethiopia, Yemen remains a destination of choice, or at least a key transit point en route to the Gulf states.

22 Feb 2018 description
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Forced off their land by drought, rural families face a precarious existence in Mogadishu

Displaced by drought and conflict, rural Somalis have been heading to Mogadishu in their tens of thousands. They get no safety or support and are increasingly targeted for forced evictions, but they are still coming.

After yet another bad rainy season at the end of last year, Amina Muse abandoned her four-hectare farm in Qorylooley, a small village in southern Somalia.

01 Feb 2018 description
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Tonderayi Mukeredzi

Southern and East African countries are facing a severe cholera outbreak that is exposing the failure in public sanitation and the impact of government neglect.

Last year, there were more than 109,442 cholera cases resulting in 1,708 deaths in 12 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR), according to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

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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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16 Oct 2017 description
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Amanda Sperber
Freelance journalist based in Nairobi covering East Africa

NAIROBI, 16 October 2017

The bomb was as enormous as the flecks of torn skin smudging the ground are minuscule. Entire overcrowded buses were blown up, every passenger killed. No one in the vicinity was spared: shopkeepers at the side of the road selling khat; office managers; children fooling around or running errands for parents; a medical student about to graduate; mothers; fathers; sisters; brothers.

02 Aug 2017 description
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Ahmed Hussein’s perfectly white teeth seem too big for his mouth; his upper arms look like they belong to a little boy, not a 23-year-old man.

Propped up on an iron bed, Hussein laughs and says he always was slim. But he is clearly malnourished. Hussein arrived at Mogadishu’s Bandir Hospital a day earlier with his mother and two sisters, all suffering from acute watery diarrhoea: a tell-tale sign of cholera. A nurse at the hospital told IRIN she believed the whole family got sick from the same water source.

25 Jul 2017 description
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Obi Anyadike

DIFFA, 17 juillet 2017

Démobiliser les anciens combattants dans le cadre d’un accord de paix n’est jamais facile, même dans les meilleures circonstances. Pourtant, du Kenya à la Somalie, des tentatives de réintégration sont de plus en plus souvent menées en plein conflit, ce qui complique énormément le processus.

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17 Jul 2017 description
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Demobilising ex-combatants as part of a peace deal is hard to do at the best of times. But increasingly – from Kenya to Somalia – it’s being tried in the middle of ongoing anti-insurgency conflicts, which adds a whole new level of complication.

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10 Jul 2017 description
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Kristy Siegfried

Uganda is one of the key testing grounds for a new approach to refugees that emerged from last year’s high-level summit in New York. That approach is supposed to be based on principles of international cooperation and responsibility-sharing among states, and yet Uganda has struggled to secure sufficient donor support to manage the arrival of nearly one million refugees from neighbouring South Sudan, let alone to implement the new model.

14 Jun 2017 description
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The humanitarian crisis unleashed by drought in Somalia has again highlighted the close links between extreme weather and food security. But how exactly are the two connected? And what can farmers in developing countries do to lessen the negative effects of climate change? This Q&A provides an overview of the key issues, with a focus on smallholders in Africa.

What is food security?

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.

20 Apr 2017 description
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James Jeffrey

Freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa and regular contributor to IRIN

DOLO ADO, 19 April 2017

Dead camels rot on the outskirts of informal settlements in Ethiopia’s rain-starved Somali region as their owners, once proudly self-sufficient pastoralists, turn to government aid to stay alive.

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30 Mar 2017 description
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Like the four countries facing extreme hunger crises today, the famine that gripped Ethiopia from 1983 to 1985 struggled for attention until it was far too late.

28 Mar 2017 description
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A commentary from 10 leading academics and humanitarian professionals

Six years after a famine killed a quarter of a million people in Somalia, the country is threatened with another. Famines only occur if political decision-makers allow them to; it is imperative that the right decisions are made now. But have we learnt enough from the mistakes of 2011?

17 Mar 2017 description
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By Obi Anyadike, Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods.

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