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Countries pledge $1.1bn to avert Yemen famine

Geneva - Countries around the world Tuesday pledged more than one billion dollars to help prevent a looming famine in war-torn Yemen at a conference UN chief Antonio Guterres called a "remarkable success."Yet the $1.1 billion (1.

Diarrhoea kills more than 500 in Somalia since January: UN

Geneva - Cholera and acute diarrhoea have killed more than 500 people and left tens of thousands of others sick in drought-hit parts of Somalia since January, the United Nations said Thursday.

Growing risk of 'mass' starvation deaths in Africa, Yemen: UN

Geneva - The United Nations warned Tuesday of a growing risk of mass deaths from starvation among people living in conflict and drought-hit areas of the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.An "avoidable humanitarian crisis...

Hungry S.Sudanese 'eat leaves and seeds to survive'

Nairobi - South Sudanese villagers are eating leaves from trees and precious seed stocks as food runs out in areas where famine has not been declared, a humanitarian aid group said Monday.

Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to 3 mn: Red Cross

Nairobi - The number of Kenyans needing emergency food aid has doubled in the past three months to three million, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as the impact of a devastating drought worsens.

Third of Yemen provinces on brink of famine: UN

Geneva - A third of Yemen's 22 provinces are on the brink of famine, the UN said Friday, warning that 60 percent of the war-ravaged country's population was going hungry.

S.Sudan's leaders force famine on their people: analysts

Nairobi - South Sudan's famine is a disaster created by its leaders, say analysts who argue that while food may save some lives now it is only peace that can bring lasting relief.

UN Security Council again eyes sanctions on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council voiced alarm about the deepening humanitarian crisis and famine in South Sudan, with the United States, Britain and France raising anew the idea of sanctions and a weapons embargo.

Sudan may have bought weapons amid famine

South Sudan has been accused of buying weapons to fight rebellions instead of using money to help their starving people.

Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine

Afgooye - Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia.

South Sudan 'to profit' from crisis with $10,000 visas: aid groups

Juba - International aid agencies on Saturday slammed South Sudan's decision to raise foreign worker visa fees to as much as $10,000 (9,300 euros), warning it would worsen a humanitarian crisis in the famine-hit country.

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since WWII: UN

New York - The United Nations is warning that the world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine in four countries.

UN chief urges 'massive response' to avert Somali famine

Mugadishu - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to take action to avert famine in Somalia where a biting drought has left three million people going hungry.

UN chief Guterres in Somalia to discuss famine threat

Mugadishu - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Somalia Tuesday to discuss a hunger crisis which has pushed the country to the verge of famine with new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

UN Security Council visit to draw attention to Lake Chad crisis

New York - UN Security Council envoys on Thursday travel to Africa's Lake Chad region, where famine, the Boko Haram insurgency, climate change and poor governance have collided to create one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

Aid worries rise for South Sudan refugees inside Sudan

As hundreds of South Sudanese fleeing famine and civil war enter Sudan each day, aid workers warn of a lack of vital relief supplies, especially for malnourished children.

Aid worries rise for South Sudan refugees inside Sudan

As hundreds of South Sudanese fleeing famine and civil war enter Sudan each day, aid workers warn of a lack of vital relief supplies, especially for malnourished children.

Aid worries rise for South Sudan refugees inside Sudan

As hundreds of South Sudanese fleeing famine and civil war enter Sudan each day, aid workers warn of a lack of vital relief supplies, especially for malnourished children.

Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

Nairobi - From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics.Last week South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years, affecting about 100,000 people.

Hiding in swamps, S.Sudanese eat little more than lilies

Thar Jath - Thousands of people at the epicentre of a man-made famine in South Sudan emerged from the safety of the swamps this past weekend hoping to receive emergency deliveries of food.

Famine inches closer as drought and hunger in Somalia worsens

Mogadishu - International aid on a large scale is needed to avert an imminent disaster unfolding in Somalia. With two years of drought in an already arid region, food insecurity, and internal violence and conflict, Somalia is sinking into famine.

Aid donors pledge $672 mn to prevent Lake Chad famine

Oslo - Donor countries on Friday pledged $672 million in emergency aid for people threatened by famine after eight years of Boko Haram violence in the Lake Chad region, but the sum is just a fraction of what the UN says is needed.

Bashir orders full aid access to S. Sudan famine areas

Khartoum - President Omar al-Bashir has ordered Sudanese authorities to assist the delivery of international humanitarian aid to famine-hit South Sudan through the country, an official said Thursday.

UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries

New York - UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

S. Sudan president vows aid access to famine-hit areas

Juba - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir vowed Tuesday that government would ensure aid could reach areas hit by famine after three years of war that has restricted access for humanitarian workers.

1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

New York - Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency said Monday.

South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine

Juba - South Sudan on Monday declared famine in some parts of the country, with more than three years of war leaving nearly five million hungry in what aid groups called a "man-made" tragedy.

UN says 75,000 children in Nigeria risk dying in 'months'

Abuja - Fourteen million people in northeast Nigeria urgently need humanitarian assistance and 75,000 children risk dying in "a few months", the United Nations warned Tuesday.

Famine possible in parts of Boko Haram-hit Nigeria: experts

Lagos - Some parts of northeast Nigeria that have been devastated by seven years of violence from the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency could be suffering from famine, according to experts monitoring the situation.

Ukraine famine memorial unveiled in US capital

Washington - A monument commemorating the millions of Ukrainians who died during a Soviet-era famine was unveiled in the US capital, in a ceremony that brought back horrific memories for survivors.
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Up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan are in danger of starvation over the next few months.
Up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan are in danger of starvation over the next few months.
United Nations
Baby in Somalia.
Baby in Somalia.
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Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
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Suffering in Somalia famine.
Suffering in Somalia famine.
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A pastoralist in northern Somalia  a region hit hard by drought. He lost almost half of his sheep fl...
A pastoralist in northern Somalia, a region hit hard by drought. He lost almost half of his sheep flock that originally numbered 70.
UNICEF/Sebastian Rich
Women rush to a feeding centre in Mogadishu. The UN has declared famine throughout Somalia s souther...
Women rush to a feeding centre in Mogadishu. The UN has declared famine throughout Somalia's southern regions and UN agencies have stepped up their support as drought and insecurity have led to a massive displacement of people.
United Nations Organization / Stuart Price
A child of Somali refugees  at a camp in Malkadiida  Ethiopia.
A child of Somali refugees, at a camp in Malkadiida, Ethiopia.
Eskinder Debebe / UN
Camp Mogadishu. This large-scale population displacement is the result of poor agricultural producti...
Camp Mogadishu. This large-scale population displacement is the result of poor agricultural production, loss of livestock because of drought, increasing prices, and perpetual insecurity.
Doctors Without Borders Organization