Famine

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 ...

Somalia Crisis: One By One, My Children Slipped Away

Sean Ryan | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Sean Ryan

Across Somalia, the country worst affected by the Horn of Africa's escalating food crisis, more than half a million people are on the move in epic scenes that show not only the desperate urgency of fundraising appeals but also, sadly, the limits of the aid agencies' reach.

I've Got Hope For The Starving People Of South Sudan - Because They Still Have Hope

Andrew Horton | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK
Andrew Horton

Even in the nine short months I've worked in the aid sector I've seen horrendously sad and difficult situations in the countries we work in, as well as hearing stories of unbelievable hope and courage in the face of adversity. But nothing could prepare me for visiting South Sudan.

Somalia's Silent Killer Is Flourishing As Hunger Tightens Its Grip

Laura Polaine | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Laura Polaine

The Hargeisa TB Hospital ©2017 World Vision Travelling to Somalia two weeks ago, I saw first-hand the devastation that drought and hunger is having ...

A Repeat Of Ethiopia Famine Would Be Catastrophic For East Africa's Children

Mike Penrose | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

New mother Nyankan and her baby Both have endured much since he was born in Bor, South Sudan. Malnourished since birth, the two-month-old has been get...

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.

The Livestock Somalis Rely On To Survive Are Dying - They Worry Their Children Are Next

Shaista Aziz | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Shaista Aziz

Across East Africa more than 18million people are facing catastrophic drought and food shortages. Already in Somalia people have died because of hunger and as the drought deepens people are becoming weaker and exhausting all their coping mechanisms to keep themselves and their families alive.

Famines Are Man-Made. We Have The Power To Prevent Them.

Mark Goldring | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mark Goldring

Last week, Oxfam chartered a small plane and distributed beans, rice and oil in Panyijar in South Sudan. This was very much a last resort - not least because of the expense - but it was the only way to reach these communities and keep them alive.

Why We Must Act Now To Prevent A Hunger Catastrophe In East Africa And Not Repeat Past Mistakes

Girish Menon | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Girish Menon

Drought in Somaliland, a region of Somalia where ActionAid works Six years ago famine gripped Somalia. The famine came as no surprise. Agencies on t...

Our Last Hope: Inter-Stellar Migration

Robin Lustig | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Tech
Robin Lustig

Will you join me on my rocket trip to the constellation Aquarius? Or should we stay put and hope the current political spasm will pass? After all, Ukip didn't win the Stoke by-election, so maybe that spasm has already passed. On the other hand, Labour lost in Copeland, so its long slide into oblivion continues. Conclusion? I'm on my way to the inter-stellar ticket office. See you there.

The Tweet That Fed Eight Million People In War-Torn Yemen

Khadija Ahmed | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Khadija Ahmed

It's not so often in the media that we hear of the happenings in Yemen, but a lot is happening, a lot has happened. Since 2015 over 11,000 deaths have happened in Yemen. 2.2 million severely malnourished children stand to die in the coming months. Health facilities are almost non-existent. Whilst 80 percent of its population wait for aid to emerge through its blocked corridors, in the shadow of a dreadful famine.

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.

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.

More Than 200 Skeletons Found In Mass Grave Under French Supermarket - But What Killed Them?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK

More than 200 skeletons have been discovered in a mass grave under a supermarket in Paris, France. The remains were discovered during redevelopmen...

Thirty Years Ago, a News Video Shocked the World - Here's What We Learned About Famine Since Then

Hans Zomer | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On 23 October, it will be exactly 30 years since a BBC report alerted the world to a famine in Ethiopia. Michael Buerk's harrowing reports for BBC...

From Crisis to Catastrophe in South Sudan

Mark Goldring | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

Oxfam and other aid agencies are warning that rival groups in South Sudan are regrouping ready to resume violence once the rainy season ends this month. An upsurge in fighting would exacerbate what is already the world's worst food crisis and could lead to famine. The number of people facing dangerous levels of hunger is expected to increase by one million between January and March.

To the Leaders of South Sudan: Look Into Your Heart and Ask for Forgiveness for the Things You've Done

Aimee Ansari | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Aimee Ansari

Before this conflict started in December, there was no inspiring and unifying vision of what South Sudan could be. The hope and optimism that came with independence is gone. Instead, there is now fear, mistrust and disillusionment between the people of South Sudan. An amazing opportunity has been squandered. It may take years to re-build a sense of unity.

This Amazing Fruit Is Packed With Gluten-Free Carbs And Protein

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Watch out folks, there's a new wonder food in town, and it promises to make a big difference to the world. Breadfruit has been heralded as a 'wond...

World Refugee Day: Shameful That Tens of Thousands of Children in South Sudan Could Die From Lack of Food

Rose Caldwell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

Almost a million people have been forced to leave their homes in South Sudan following months of violent conflict. Over one million are displaced and dispersed in hard to reach areas in the country, and over 350,000 more have fled South Sudan for refuge in neighbouring nations.

Under Siege in Damascus: An Activist Speaks Out

Luke McManus | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Zara Hakim is a Syrian currently living under siege in a southern suburb of Damascus. One of the many activists still inside Syria, she and her team have, for the past two weeks, been working to raise international attention for their 'Break the Siege' campaign...

Ethiopia - Time to Discover It for Yourself

Adam Stones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Stones

Many people feel sad when they think of Ethiopia; they think of the news reports, the aid work, the conflict - but they generally think of Ethiopia as it was in 1984 when Geldof and Ure amplified the world's attention to its plight.

Plant Village Is Reclaiming Control of Our Crops

Tom Ward | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Tech
Tom Ward

Plant Village is a unique social media site, enabling agriculturalists to easily and freely share information on crop disease in real time. With monthly page views of almost 170,000 unique visitors from 190 countries, Plant Village might just revolutionise the way we produce crops and the way we think about our food.

Learning to Improve for the Future

Claire Blackburn | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK
Claire Blackburn

Learning and accountability is firmly on the NGO agenda nowadays and for Action Against Hunger, it is something we take very seriously. We dedicate a lot of energy into evaluating our programmes, learning from them and, fundamentally, holding ourselves to account for them.