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11 Sep 2018 description

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Sept 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 100 human trafficking victims have been rescued in a major police operation in Sudan, including dozens of children forced to work in illegal gold mines, Interpol said on Monday.

Operation Sawiyan involved 200 Sudanese police officers who rescued 94 people, including 85 minors, from criminal networks in and around the capital, Khartoum, in an Interpol-led week-long crackdown last month, the global police organisation said.

20 Dec 2017 description

by Emma Batha | @emmabatha | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:01 GMT

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Dec 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With millions of people on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and children facing unspeakable violence, the Democratic Republic of Congo was the most neglected crisis in 2017, according to a survey of aid agencies.

Overshadowed by the Syrian war and Rohingya refugee exodus from Myanmar, Congo barely made headlines despite horrific violence that has erupted in the centre of the vast country, they said.

13 Nov 2017 description

By Inna Lazareva

DOSSEYE, Chad, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leila Ousmane and her 10-year-old daughter walk in disbelief atop the crumbling bricks that, until a few days earlier, formed the walls of their family home.

Heavy rains and floods in late September ravaged the Dosseye refugee camp where they live, toppling their house of mud bricks and wooden stumps into rubble.

"We went to live with my neighbour," said Ousmane. "But last night, the storm made their house collapse too."

10 Nov 2017 description

From floods hitting refugee camps to shrinking lakes, Chad is suffering the impacts of climate change - could planting trees help? By Inna Lazareva

DOSSEYE, Chad, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leila Ousmane and her 10-year-old daughter walk in disbelief atop the crumbling bricks that, until a few days earlier, formed the walls of their family home.

Heavy rains and floods in late September ravaged the Dosseye refugee camp where they live, toppling their house of mud bricks and wooden stumps into rubble.

10 Nov 2017 description

By Inna Lazareva

DANAMAJA, Chad, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wearing a pastel-coloured dress embroidered with a tatty trim and speaking almost in a whisper, 17-year-old Chancelle looks like she should be in school.

But, since the age of 15, she has instead been going into isolated huts or simply to the fields to sell sex for money.

"Each week, I would meet with three or four men," the teenager, who declined to give her real name, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

26 Oct 2017 description

"We as victims, who have lived through this disaster, we can put ourselves forward as an example to bring peace"

By Inna Lazareva

N'DJAMENA, Oct 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ginette Ngarbaye, 52, rises from her seat, leans forward and glares intensely at the ghost of her tormentor.

"I gave him a long, deep look - like this," she said, recalling how she came face to face with former Chad President Hissène Habré - the man responsible for the worst moments of her life.

12 Oct 2017 description

Humanitarian agencies are helping refugees learn new skills and set up businesses in Chadian towns, working with - and serving - local people

By Inna Lazareva

DIBA 1, Chad, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When armed gunmen stormed Ashta Sahade's hometown of Bocaranga in Central African Republic, the only possession she grabbed as she fled was her unwieldy rectangular knitting machine.

06 Sep 2017 description

by Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 13:37 GMT

"A lack of sufficient humanitarian funding is putting young children's lives at risk"

By Kieran Guilbert

LONDON, Sept 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition across the Lake Chad Basin - about 800,000 - has soared since last year, and could spiral further as Boko Haram ramps up attacks in the region, an aid agency said on Tuesday.

01 Aug 2017 description

"They felt exposed after Chad scaled back the number of troops in Niger due to a lack of resources"

DAKAR, July 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fear of Boko Haram attacks has driven at least 7,000 people from Niger to seek refuge in Chad in the last week, and thousands more may cross the border if the violence escalates, the United Nations said on Monday.

18 Jul 2017 description

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, July 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Denied an education by the Islamist insurgency of militant group Boko Haram, tens of thousands of children across the Lake Chad region are instead tuning into lessons broadcast over the radio, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

28 Apr 2017 description

Schools are particularly vulnerable to bombings, attacks, and abductions

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - School teachers in the Lake Chad region where Boko Haram is waging an insurgency are being trained to identify and respond to security threats to protect children from the Islamist group, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Schools are particularly vulnerable to bombings, attacks, and abductions by the insurgents but many lack detailed safety plans, the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) said.

09 Mar 2017 description

"Day-to-day survival remains an existential struggle"

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, March 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Boko Haram's insurgency in northeastern Nigeria and around Lake Chad has uprooted more than 2.4 million people and left some 10.7 million in need of aid in a humanitarian catastrophe considered to be one of the world's most neglected crises.

International donors at a conference in Norway last month pledged $672 million in new money for the Lake Chad region for the next three years.

08 Mar 2017 description

"We have some very good practices in the region. We just need support to scale them up"

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, March 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Seydou Walaga, a grey-haired farmer in western Niger, lifts the hatch of his grain silo, a round hut made of sticks and straw, to reveal piles of sorghum and millet.

The crops were harvested nearly seven months ago, the longest a season's yield has ever lasted him in the drought-prone region of West Africa's Sahel, a semi-arid belt below the Sahara stretching from Senegal to Chad.

24 Feb 2017 description

by Toby Lanzer | @tobylanzer
Friday, 24 February 2017 09:13 GMT

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

In Nigeria and the Lake Chad region today, unbeknownst to the world, some 11 million people need emergency relief

07 Jan 2017 description

by Lin Taylor | @linnytayls | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thursday, 5 January 2017 17:45 GMT

Unfolding catastrophe in the Lake Chad basin was named the most neglected crisis of 2016

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By Lin Taylor

LONDON, Jan 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in the Lake Chad basin have been forced to sell sex to survive due to a conflict that has driven millions from their homes and left children to starve, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.

29 Dec 2016 description

After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Dec 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

The United Nations estimates almost 93 million people in 33 countries will need humanitarian aid and has appealed for a record $22.2 billion to help them.

26 Dec 2016 description

For out and out human suffering and almost zero media coverage, the food crisis sparked by Boko Haram in Nigeria and Niger was the pits, but Yemen shames us all

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Dec 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The humanitarian catastrophe in Lake Chad basin, where conflict has left over 8 million people destitute with many "teetering on the brink of famine", was the most neglected crisis in 2016, according to a survey of aid agencies.

10 Oct 2016 description

The highly contagious disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes or close contact with contaminated animals, has infected 90 people

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Oct 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An outbreak of Rift Valley fever that has killed at least 28 people in western Niger in recent months could spread to neighbouring Mali and Algeria, health officials warned on Monday.

26 May 2016 description

by Kieran Guilbert | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 26 May 2016 15:03 GMT

DAKAR, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From displacement and deaths to funding and food prices, a new data map will enable aid agencies to compare and contrast various needs in a humanitarian crisis and boost their response, according to the U.N. team behind it.

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27 Apr 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:25 GMT

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fear of new Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad area is discouraging around 100,000 people uprooted by violence from heading home and is hindering aid operations, agencies said on Wednesday, days after Chad extended its state of emergency.

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