'Alarming' levels of malnutrition and famine-like conditions in north-east Nigeria. Credit: UN Photo

Inching Closer to Mass Starvation: Nigeria’s Ticking Time Bomb

August 7, 2017 Cheick Ba

In the dusty arid town of Dikwa, tens of thousands of Nigerians queue for hours in sweltering 40-degree heat for water. Fatuma is one of 100,000 people displaced in the Borno State town, the epicenter of Nigeria’s conflict. She sifts through remnants of food aid seeds, drying them out to prepare them to eat. The violence was the first thing Nigerians feared for their lives. Now they fear famine.

On 9 February 2016 in central Ethiopia, children and women from a semi-pastoralist community wait their turn to fill jerrycans with clean water at a water point in Haro Huba Kebele in Fantale Woreda, in East Shoa Zone, Oromia Region. Credit: © UNICEF/UN011590/Ayene

Two Billion People Worldwide Lack Access To Clean Water

July 31, 2017 Roshni Majumdar

More than two billion people lack access to clean and safe drinking water, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization. Although significant progress to ensure access to drinking water has been achieved, there is still a long way to go to ensure its quality—deemed free from pollutants and safe for drinking.

Chadian peacekeepers serving with the UN in northern Mali, 2013. (UN Photo/Marco Dormino)

Instability Widens in Mali and the Sahel Region of Africa

May 23, 2017 Rene Wadlow

The first foreign visit of the new French President Emmanuel Macron, after a now habitual trip to Berlin, was to Gao in northern Mali as head of the French military. The visit was an attempt to be seen as paying attention to the efforts of French troops in operations in northern Mali and other states of the Sahel region of Africa.

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