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18 Oct 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Half of all South Sudanese depend on food aid. This is not only because of droughts, but also bloody power struggles. The main victims in this cycle of violence and hunger are women and children.

07 Sep 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

A mudslide devastated the capital, Freetown, three weeks ago. Life is slowly returning to normal, but residents of the areas most affected are still coming to terms with what happened, as Olivia Acland reports.

In Kamayama, a community in Freetown built on and around steep riverbanks, life looked like it was slowly getting back to normal. Two local football teams were battling it out on a dry mud pitch. A hundred spectators stood by, watching keenly.

15 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

European right-wing extremists have chartered a boat and set sail for the Mediterranean to help obstruct the flow of refugees. The so-called Identitarians are just the latest player in a complex flotilla of groups.

Pan-European members of the right-wing group known as the Identitarian Movement announced this week that they had chartered a ship and were sailing to the Mediterranean to stem the flow of refugees and migrants.

08 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Fighting between rebels and government troops in East Congo most of all affects children and youths. They risk missing out on an education, warns World Vision.

More than 500 boys and girls have been recruited as child soldiers, according to the World Vision international child aid organization. Hundreds of cases of sexual abuse have been reported. More then 55,000 internally displaced persons have reached Tshikapa, the biggest city in the Kasai region. DW spoke to World Vision spokesman Ekkehard Forberg about the volatile situation.

02 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Marianna Karakoulaki (Chios), Dimitris Tosidis (Chios)

Thousands of refugees are stuck on the Greek island of Chios. Capacity in the camps is close to bursting and the authorities and NGOs seem unable to cope. Marianna Karakoulaki and Dimitris Tosidis report from Chios.

02 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Andrea Stäritz

In Nigeria, Mubi is known as the city of peace; half of the population is Christian, the other half Muslim. It has now become home to 100,000 Boko Haram refugees.

The city of Mubi is strategically located close to the Yedseram river, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Cameroon's northern border. It is a place bustling with energy and activity: the old trade metropolis is one of three cities in Nigeria with the fastest economic growth.

01 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Andrew Wasike

Kenyans have appealed to the government to beef up security during the election period to address any form of violence. The calls came ahead of the August general elections.

Teresia*, then a mother of six children, was raped in the violence following Kenya's disputed 2007 election. Her injuries were so horrific, she told DW, she was "no longer able to give birth because of gynecological complications” and her husband left her.

29 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Over 24,000 people were internally displaced in the southeast of Turkey in the wake of the conflict there. Many of them have still not found a home. Tessa Fox reports from Diyarbakir.

Fatma was eating with her husband, Abdulkadir, her five children and extended family, on a Sunday when a bomb went off. The shrapnel broke the wall, took off Abdulkadir's niece's head, sending her body flying through the room and making a hole in the wall opposite. Everyone passed out from the gases drifting from the bomb's casing.

24 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

More than 120 people are feared dead after a mountainside collapsed over a village in rural China. After hours of rescue efforts, emergency operations have only found few survivors.

Rescue crews are scrambling Saturday to save villagers trapped under rubble after heavy rain triggered a landslide at the village of Xinmo, located in Maoxian County in Sichuan province.

A couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital hours after the disaster. Rescuers have found another survivor but were still trying to reach him.

24 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Iraqi forces are creating safe passage routes for civilians trapped by IS by dividing the militant group's territory. Despite that effort, the UN said civilians under IS occupation face "almost unimaginable" danger.

The Iraqi army has opened escape routes Saturday for hundreds of civilians trapped by fighting with "Islamic State" (IS) militants in Mosul's Old City.

IS appears to be mounting a last stand in what was once the self-declared capital of its self-styled "caliphate."

20 Jun 2017 description
infographic Deutsche Welle

How many refugees tried to get asylum in Europe? From crossing the border to being allowed to stay or rejected and receiving an order to leave - DW shows the data from 2012 to 2016.

17 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Libya has become a major launching point for people trying to reach Europe - more than 60,000 have attempted the migration this year alone. Among those rescued Saturday were 25 children and 98 women.

On Saturday, Libya's coast guard rescued more than 900 people who were attempting to migrate to Europe via the western city of Sabratha, according to officials.

"A coast guard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday," General Ayoub Qassem said.

15 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

At least 18 people have died after gunmen posing as soldiers stormed a restaurant in the Somali capital after detonating a car bomb outside another. The militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Al-Shabab militants disguised as soldiers attacked two restaurants popular with Somalia's upper crust on Wednesday night.

A suicide car bombing hit the Posh Treats restaurant and club in the Zobe area of Mogadishu at about 8 p.m. local time. Shortly after militants stormed the neighboring Pizza House restaurant and seized about 20 hostages.

11 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Author Antonio Cascais (cm)

June 12 is the World Day Against Child Labour. The UN estimates that 168 million children are being put to work globally. Many of them are in Africa, particularly in the Congo, where cobalt mining by children is rampant.

According to the UN children's agency, UNICEF, about 40,000 children work in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For a shift of up to 24 hours underground, most earn less than $2 (1.80 euro) a day - many receive half of that.

01 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Forty-four migrants from Ghana and Nigeria have died of thirst in Niger after their truck broke down en route to Libya. The Red Cross says three children and three babies were among the victims.

Municipal and Red Cross officials in northern Niger said Thursday only six individuals - five men and a woman - survived the ordeal by managing to walk until they were rescued near the town of Achigour.

01 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

What can refugees expect when they apply for asylum in Germany? Here's a list of definitions, types of protection and residence permits that the federal state offers to asylum seekers.

Not all refugees entering Germany are entitled to asylum. But the asylum law offers different levels of protection for refugees, depending upon their country of origin and threat to their lives upon returning.

01 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

A deadly blast in Kabul this week reignited the debate on deporting refugees from Germany to war-torn Afghanistan. The chancellor has now temporarily halted expulsions for all except criminals and security threats.

Germany will temporarily suspend deportations to Afghanistan after a deadly bombing in Kabul this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday.

Commenting on the massive blast that killed at least 90 people in downtown Kabul, Merkel said it was time to reassess the security situation in the country.

30 May 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Cyclone Mora has left a trail of destruction in southern Bangladesh, killing at least three people and flattening homes. Hundreds of thousands of people had to be moved from low-lying coastal areas.

Cyclone Mora lashed Bangladesh's southeast coast early Tuesday, packing storm surges and gusts of more than 135 kilometers (85 miles) per hour, officials said.

The low-lying delta nation had bumped up its weather danger alert to its highest level and moved more than 450,000 people to shelters as the storm approached.

14 May 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Revolting army soldiers have taken control of several cities, including Ivory Coast's second largest. Protests against the mutiny have been met with violence.

Revolting soldiers wounded at least five people protesting against an army mutiny in Ivory Coast's second-largest city on Sunday.

The mutiny started on Friday as soldiers took to the streets in the central city of Bouake and seized control of the main entrances into the city in a protest over pay.

13 May 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Rebellious soldiers took control of several streets in Abidjan and other Ivorian cities in a standoff with government troops. The renewed display of anger came one day after a public apology for the recent uprising.  

Mutinous troops surrounded the military's headquarters as well as the defense ministry in the Ivory Coast's largest city, Abidjan, over an unresolved pay dispute that has been fueling unrest in the African nation since January.