Washington, D.C.—Civil society groups, activists, and academics urged the negotiators of the peace talks between the Colombian government and guerrilla group the National Liberation Army (ELN, Ejército de Liberación Nacional) to do their utmost to make a peace agreement a reality. More than 14 U.S.-based organizations and 27 activists declared their support for the peace negotiations, calling on the parties to extend their first-ever temporary bilateral ceasefire, which lasted from October 1, 2017 to January 9, 2018.
Summary: An MCC project in rural Burkina Faso supports maternal and child nutrition and hygiene through its partner Foundation of Solidarity for the Promotion of Community Development.
By Rachel Bergen
Dec. 20, 2017
Two years ago, Adjiratou Ouédraogo worried for her son, Sofiane, who was severely malnourished.
Ouédraogo, 26, is from Noaka, Burkina Faso, a rural area near the Sahel Desert where more than 20 percent of children are ill because of a lack of sanitation and proper nutrition. Sofiane was one such child.
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By Linda Espenshade
Summary: The people of Tuli-Koma, Nigeria, are experiencing much better intestinal and skin health now that they are using drinking water from an MCC-supported borehole instead of a river.
Dec. 1, 2017
TULI-KOMA, Nigeria -- With a small metal bowl, Esther Zogi scoops dirty water out of a shallow puddle on the sandy banks of Kogi River in northeastern Nigeria. When the puddle is nearly empty, she flips the bowl and places it upside down on top of the sand and waits.
By Rachel Bergen
November 30, 2017
It's every parent's worst nightmare to be unable to provide for their child.
For 35-year-old Omar, whose last name isn't being used for security reasons, that nightmare was a reality. His son Shakeb was undernourished and very small for his age because of chronic drought and persistent conflict in their area.
"I wasn't able to sleep because every night my son was crying the whole night," Omar explains.