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27 Nov 2017 description
More than 15,000 women and girls suffered sexual violence, including rape, during Colombia's civil war, with half of all crimes involving children. According to Colombia's National Centre for Historical Memory, most cases have gone unpunished.
06 Nov 2017 description
About 1,900 households with more than 7,000 people have been registered. With the camps due to close on Nov. 15, they are being given cash of $200 or more and food and non-food items.
30 Oct 2017 description
As prolonged drought dries water reserves across Kenya, harvesting fleeting wisps of water vapour from an active volcano in the Rift Valley has been a lifeline for the community.
24 Oct 2017 description
Although the "Jungle" camp was demolished one year ago, an estimated 700 migrants have returned to the area and are sleeping rough in parks or forests.
02 Oct 2017 description
Twenty "investigators" from OpenStreetMap Niger – students and young professionals who are developing a digital map of the country – have been plotting flood-prone areas on their smartphones.
22 Sep 2017 description
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, does better in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, Anopheles.
19 Sep 2017 description
According to the interior ministry, widespread flooding has killed at least 56 people in Niger since the rainy season began in June, and left over 185,000 homeless.
24 Aug 2017 description
Local charities say hundreds of lives were saved, possibly thousands, thanks to the mass government text alerts, which enabled people to flee before the worst rains hit.
03 Aug 2017 description
Climate change could make much of South Asia - home to a fifth of the world's population - too hot for human survival by the end of this century, researchers are warning.
31 Jul 2017 description
To protect themselves from total crop failure, farmers in Kenya grow pulses alongside their traditional crops like maize – a practice known as intercropping.
22 Jun 2017 description
Many ideas are emerging about how growing African cities can cut their risks. Among them: organise slum dwellers to improve the infrastructure or simply sort out which risks are the key ones, experts say.
12 Jun 2017 description
The Start Network is putting together a new financing facility to enable a faster and more coordinated response to droughts, and plans to test its model in Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
31 May 2017 description
The floods and landslides have killed some 200 people. More than 80,000 people have been forced into temporary shelters and around 100 people remain missing.
29 May 2017 description
Thousands of survivors of devastating floods and landslides are at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as dengue fever, charities warn as the death toll from the disaster rises.
25 May 2017 description
Attacks by Christian militias in CAR's border town of Bangassou have driven about 2,750 people into Bas-Uele, raising the risk that the Ebola outbreak could spread across the border, a WHO representative said.
22 May 2017 description
Because of the growing Islamist threat in central Mali, humanitarians fear spiraling violence will drive teachers and doctors out, leaving aid agencies to run basic services, as is the case in the north.
09 May 2017 description
An estimated 10,500 Syrian refugees were ordered to leave their camp in the Bekaa Valley, which is home to more than 300,000 refugees. They have no alternative accommodation.
08 May 2017 description
Thousands of meningitis cases have been reported by the health ministry in the northern states Zamfara, Kebbi, and Sokoto since November 2016, in the worst outbreak since 2009.
24 Apr 2017 description
Many of the eight million people hit by the disaster continue to live in temporary shelters. International donors blame numerous factors for the slow pace of reconstruction.
06 Apr 2017 description
Normally droughts lead to the early marriage of girls, as pastoralists look for dowry payments to help offset livestock losses. But this time they are selling drought-threatened livestock and using the money to keep girls in school.