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14 Dec 2017 description

Upgrading outdated weather services could help ease losses from weather and climate disasters, backers say

By Maina Waruru

NAIROBI, Dec 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After five years of poor rains, Mcharo Mwanyumba, a farmer in southeast Kenya, was looking forward to a bumper harvest of maize and millet from his 6-acre (2.4-hectare) plot this August.

But then heavy rains pounded the area four days in a row for hours on end. His crop was submerged and destroyed, and his family of six displaced.

14 Dec 2017 description

Dwindling resources had made it increasingly difficult to maintain its operations in Ukraine

By Umberto Bacchi

KIEV, Dec 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nation's food agency said on Tuesday it will stop providing food aid to conflict-affected people in the eastern part of Ukraine at the end of February due to a lack of funding, despite a rising number of people going hungry.

14 Dec 2017 description

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of Caribbean nations, many devastated by recent hurricanes, will work with companies, development banks and other organisations to curb damage from climate change and grow cleanly, under an action plan launched this week.

13 Dec 2017 description

By Umberto Bacchi

MURATOVE, Ukraine, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ukrainian pensioner Mariya Semiriad has a cold house, a painful hernia, little to eat and no money to buy enough food, wood and painkillers for the winter.

Her barren home lies on a muddy side-road of Muratove, a small, secluded village in a wooded area of eastern Ukraine's Luhansk region - only a few kilometres from the frontline separating government forces from pro-Russian separatists.

13 Dec 2017 description

The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, including 2,500 civilians and forced 1.6 million from their homes

By Umberto Bacchi

MURATOVE, Ukraine, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the conflict in eastern Ukraine approaches its fourth winter, millions of people have exhausted their resources and have to make choices each day between getting food, medicine or heating, according to United Nations.

13 Dec 2017 description

Early alerts to media, police and the military should be expanded to directly reach mobile phone users, disaster experts say

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the early evening of Nov. 29, Ajith Dias, an office worker in Colombo, started receiving warnings on Facebook of a brewing storm nearing Sri Lanka's southern coast.

"It was Wednesday early evening, it was getting dark and cloudy. But there was no (government) warning, at least no warning that I received," Dias said.

13 Dec 2017 description

By Laurie Goering

LONDON, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After years battling Islamic State militants, Iraqi farmers – many of them military volunteers – are now returning to their homes and fields only to find a new threat: a shortage of water.

Construction of dams and other water-holding facilities in upstream Turkey and Iran, combined with increasingly erratic rainfall across the region, mean the amount of water flowing in key Iraqi rivers has fallen by at least 40 percent in recent decades, said Hassan Janabi, the country's water resources minister.

13 Dec 2017 description

By Heba Kanso

BEIRUT, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Yemen teeters on the brink of famine, with soaring food prices and fuel shortages, humanitarians called on Tuesday for the easing of a Saudi blockade to allow in life-saving supplies.

Although the military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen's civil war has eased its month-long blockade of ports, 8.4 million Yemenis are a step away from famine, the United Nations (U.N.) said on Monday.

12 Dec 2017 description

by Zoe Tabary | zoetabary | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:10 GMT

An effort to rehouse flood-battered residents in apartment buildings is winning converts

AKARTA, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Whenever floods hit her one-room shack in northern Jakarta, Irma Susanti hangs her most precious furniture – a bed and a table – from the ceiling with a rope.

12 Dec 2017 description

by Lyndsay Griffiths | Thomson Reuters Foundation Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:00 GMT

MAZABUKA, Zambia, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - S ugar brought a rush of people and prosperity to the drab highway stop in southern Zambia they now call "Sweet Town" - and with that trade came AIDS.

To mine copper or cut cane, outsiders descended on scruffy, fast-growing towns like Mazabuka, hoping to make a new life and where the men went, a sex industry followed with local women touring bars, inns and truck stops to sell sex to newcomers.

08 Dec 2017 description

"Those of us who are least responsible, continue to bear the brunt"

By Lin Taylor

SUVA, Dec 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Vulnerable communities uprooted by climate change are being left out of a voluntary pact to deal with migration, campaigners said, after the United States pulled out of the global deal.

08 Dec 2017 description

Thousands of Nigerian women and girls are lured to Europe each year and trafficked into sex work

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and Kieran Guilbert

ABUJA/LONDON, Dec 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - By rewarding whistleblowers, boosting prosecutions and challenging beliefs in black magic, Nigeria is ramping up its crusade against human trafficking, backed by millions of pounds of British aid, anti-slavery and government officials said.

06 Dec 2017 description

by Nellie Peyton

Senegal has some of the highest numbers of young men who get trafficked, imprisoned and sold in lawless Libya while trying to reach Europe

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Dec 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of migrants flown back from Libya are likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe again unless they find jobs at home, Senegal said on Tuesday, after reports that slave traders were selling Africans in markets.

03 Dec 2017 description

"I know there could be crocodiles, pythons and Guinea worm in here and I'm scared every day"

By Stefanie Glinski

GANYIEL, South Sudan, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Martha's fear grows each morning as her toes touch the cold and muddy water of the swamp in a remote part of South Sudan.

Yet she steps confidently into the chest-deep marsh, her clothes drenched and her feet sinking into the slippery mud as she holds her schoolbag above her head to keep it dry.

02 Dec 2017 description

by Thin Lei Win | @thinink | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 27 November 2017 12:14 GMT

Cash is critical in the short-term for farmers suffering from dry weather because "if your farm is lacking rainfall, it doesn't matter if you have a variety of agricultural inputs or practices"

By Thin Lei Win

01 Dec 2017 description

"If there is ever going to be long-term peace in South Sudan, violence against women and girls must be addressed"

By Sebastien Malo

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Civil war in South Sudan is generating unseen levels of domestic violence, according to a study released on Wednesday showing a reported increase in the brutality and frequency of assaults.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and a third of the East African country's 12 million residents have been forced to flee since civil war broke out in 2013.

30 Nov 2017 description

By Inna Lazareva | @InnaLaz | Thomson Reuters Foundation

"They hang you from the ceiling by (your) arms and legs and then throw you down to the floor"

YAOUNDE, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When uniformed men boarded the overloaded rubber dingy carrying Christelle Timdi and her boyfriend to a new life in Europe she thought the Italian coastguard had come to rescue them.

29 Nov 2017 description

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of senior Australian doctors have written an open letter to their government citing "great concern" for the physical and mental health of hundreds of asylum seekers cleared from an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea.

The doctors outlined a range of concerns from poor hygiene and sanitation to the spread of disease and called for an immediate review of the health of the men still on Manus Island, offering to conduct the medical assessments themselves.

28 Nov 2017 description

"The plants are disappearing, both fruit and herbal medicines, but we cannot do anything," says one rural herbalist

By Andrew Mambondiyani

ZIMUNYA, Zimbabwe, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Henry Fusirayi Nzarayebani, an elder in Zimunya, a village in eastern Zimbabwe, walks slowly towards plants growing at the edge of a narrow dirt foot path.

He plucks a few leaves from a shrub nearly hidden amid a thicket of invasive Lantana camara plants, then rubs the leaves between his hands and sniffs the scent.

27 Nov 2017 description

Armed groups used sexual violence, including gang rape, to instill fear in communities, as a way of imposing social and military control in an area, and as a form of punishment

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 15,000 women and girls suffered sexual violence, including rape, during Colombia's civil war, with half of crimes involving children, a report said on Friday.