UK Drought

Hunger In South Sudan: Don't Let The Rainy Season Become The Dying Season

John Loreom | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
John Loreom

I tell these mothers to just keep going. Dig for hours to find water underground. Walk for days to find nuts in the bush. Skip meal after meal to keep your children alive. Help is coming. And until then you just have to survive. That's what I tell myself every day when I miss my family painfully and get up, get ready for work, and just keep going.

Weather Events Could Kill More Than 100,000 People Across Europe Annually

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK

More than 100,000 Europeans could be killed each year by searing heatwaves as well as wildfires, storms and floods by the end of the century, scientis...

Let's Break The Cycle Of Suffering In Somalia

Tufail Hussain | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Tufail Hussain

I recently returned from spending a week in Somalia, where I saw first-hand the catastrophic effects that today's famine is having on its people, and ...

Still Time To Avert Famine In Somalia - But We Must Act Now

Mike Penrose | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

This week, I was in Somalia, and the effects of drought were clear. What should have been green was dry with poor rains offering no respite. Some ...

How Climate Change Is Deepening The Humanitarian Disaster In East Africa

Tracy Carty | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Tracy Carty

Photo credit: Tina Hillier/Oxfam While some still deny the severity of climate change and question the need to combat it, others are struggling for t...

Africans Waiting For Handouts? That Couldn't Be Farther From The Truth

Suzy Madigan | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Suzy Madigan

In a settlement outside Burao, Somaliland's second largest town, a savings association set up by CARE International and run entirely by local women was providing them not only with status and a voice in the community but also emergency support. Zeinab, one of CARE's female project officers, explained how women pay regularly on behalf of their families into the shared scheme. In normal times, the association can provide loans for entrepreneurial ventures such as small shops. During times of crisis such as severe drought, the collected funds offer a form of insurance for the most vulnerable.

How Climate Change Threatens Progress To Reach Everyone, Everywhere With Water

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Barbara Frost

A woman and her child on their way to collect clean water in the village of Nerculo, Niassa, Mozambique. WaterAid/ Panos/ Adam Patterson World Water ...

Somalia Is On The Brink Of Another Catastrophic Famine, But Where Is The Urgent Response?

Awo Tarabi | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK
Awo Tarabi

Somalis all over are looking for ways to send aid back home, turning to traditional tribal networks to seek out those most in need. With images of starving children with sunken cheeks and hollow eyes circulating the Somali diaspora community, the pressure to act now is critical. We cannot stand by and wait for another 260,000 lives to be lost and only then realise, we could have done something. But by then, once again, it would be too little, too late. The time to act is now.

Without Opportunity, Development Is Impossible - NGOs Should Be Opportunity Brokers

Simon O'Connell | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Simon O'Connell

In Jijiga, Ethiopia, Mercy Corps helps women expand their milk businesses, improving the incomes for hundreds of pastoralists and their families. Phot...

Bang Bang... Why Science Gets Shot Down In The Media Gunfight

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Tech
Adrienne Macartney

The media and public tidal wave of alternative facts, misrepresented data, invented nonsense and malicious deception overwhelms and saturates the discussion platform environment with such startling and ever increasing rapidity that measured scientific response to it becomes impossible.

Oasis In A Drought

Laurie Lee | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Laurie Lee

East and Southern Africa is suffering a terrible drought as a result of El Nino. Zimbabwe is one of the most badly affected countries with an estimated four million people - over a quarter of the population - considered to be going hungry.

Drought Through the Eyes of a Child

Cate Heinrich | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK
Cate Heinrich

Something was wrong when the doctor led me into the children's room at Guija Hospital in Gaza Province, southern Mozambique. What struck me was the stillness. From my previous job as a primary school teacher, the one thing I know is a room of children is never usually this quiet.

HIV and Drought Are Having a Devastating Impact on Children's Lives

David Beckham | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK
David Beckham

I met Sebenele, a bright 14 year-old boy with a big smile, this week during a visit to Swaziland to see how my fund is helping UNICEF to support and protect children living with HIV. Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world. Twenty-four per cent of children here have lost one or both parents to AIDS and many are themselves now living with HIV. I thought about my own children and how in many ways the things Sebenele enjoys are the same things they do. Yet he told me how he is struggling to continue to take his antiretroviral medicine, which is vital to ensure he stays healthy, because he can't keep the pills down without any food.

Worlds Apart: A Girl's Eye View of Hunger

Himaya Quasem | Posted 07.05.2017 | UK
Himaya Quasem

Nimah's family has lost 25 of their 35 sheep to the drought. If the remaining sheep are lost it could tip the family into destitution. Without livestock they will have nothing to eat or trade with. This prospect makes Nimah fear for her younger siblings.

Why the Climate Promises of Paris Depend on Water

Margaret Batty | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Margaret Batty

We need to get different sectors talking. Climate change and water are intertwined and we need to speak each other's language when it comes to planning and funding adaptation efforts. We can no longer have countries develop water policies that don't include climate risks, nor can climate planners operate without consulting key water ministries.

Hunger Hurts: How Would Nigella Feed a Family During a Drought?

Himaya Quasem | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK
Himaya Quasem

The young women I met in Somaliland worry about the same things I do, but they are feeling fear instead of relief. Hunger is hurting families in Somaliland. Women, girls and mothers deserve our support. It's time to act before things get worse.

On a Journey Searching for Life in the Horn of Africa

Fadi Itani | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Fadi Itani

During this trip I truly learnt to appreciate the many blessings we have, from the birds singing and flying around, to the green grass and pastures, to the feel and look of fresh water and the sound of rain dropping, even the dark clouds that comes full of rain, which the people of the Horn of Africa are now praying for that will bring them a renewed hope of life. We have to remember that water is indeed life.

Hunger Hurts: Extreme Weather is Killing Crops and Causing Hunger

Mike Noyes | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Mike Noyes

El Nino has caused the lowest recorded rainfall across parts of Southern Africa in decades. Crops and livestock are dying as drought takes hold. El Nino has already made more than 34 million people hungry in Eastern and Southern Africa. That number is set to double in the next 12 months.

The World Must Step Up and Respond to Ethiopia's Drought Crisis

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK Politics
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

The complexities of this crisis go beyond the very real human need I saw playing out in Fedeto. Were it faced with this drought alone, the Government of Ethiopia would have a heady, but manageable task. Sadly, all indications of the climate change trajectory suggest that this is not an isolated case of drought, but rather the paradigm for what is yet to come.

Why the Poor Pay Most for Life's Most Basic Essential

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Barbara Frost

Since we marked the first UN-declared World Water Day in 1993, the world has made incredible progress. Yet there remain more than 650million people in the world without access to clean water, who are faced with a daily struggle involving long dangerous walks or expensive black-market vendors, just to get water that is likely neither clean nor safe to drink.

Ethiopia Drought - Why It's Different This Time

Mark Goldring | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK
Mark Goldring

Most of us remember the image of thousands of Ethiopians starving during the famine of 1984/85, the luckier ones seemingly fed only by the power of the Western media to incite compassion and belated action from international agencies. On a recent visit to the country, I heard how the weather conditions now are as bad as during that terrible disaster...

Imagine Life Without Rain

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

We'd like to do a lot more to beat this crisis but we also want to stop future generations being devastated by drought. Around 70% of Africa's people depend on smallholder agriculture for a living and they produce the bulk of the continent's food. We have to find a way to help them survive major crisis - come rain or shine.

Water on the Agenda at Davos

Margaret Batty | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK
Margaret Batty

As the world's decision-makers congregate in Davos this week, one of the most pressing issues will be also one of the most fundamental: Water.

A Second Inconvenient Truth

Will Bordell | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK
Will Bordell

Governments cannot pretend that they never knew this was coming, or that it wasn't worth doing anything about. Now, we have an opportunity; soon, we will have a burden. The difference between those two terms--politically, economically and morally--is worth a great deal.

The World Is Officially Running Out Of Water

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Tech

Humans have more than 99 problems and scientists have just pushed water higher up the list. A new study conducted by scientists at the University ...