In a Child-Friendly Space (CFS) in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, young Syrian refugees use art to express their feelings of loss and hope.
They did not know each other, but simultaneously, their lives were plunging into an abyss. Seattle software programmer Cari Conklin was on a collision course with the Alhamdens, one of the millions of Syrian families caught in the crossfire of Syria’s civil war.
Civil war in South Sudan has created a crisis in which 6.1 million people out of an estimated population of 11.8 million are in need of immediate aid. Children are among those most at risk for malnutrition, disease, and recruitment into armed groups.
Famine has been declared in part of north central South Sudan’s Unity state. A million people are on the brink of famine, in addition to the 100,000 facing imminent starvation, according to U.N. agencies, including the World Food Program (WFP).
This week, 2/6/17, South Sudan violence interrupts aid work, Colombia’s FARC plans to release child soldiers, and Peru weathers extreme cold, rains, floods.
Humanitarian world news brings you a weekly selection of events and trends impacting people and the humanitarian community worldwide. This week’s top news includes a new study that highlights the widening rich-poor food disparity, the UN’s new leader, child workers freed in India, and the mistaken bombing of refugee camp in Nigeria.
In the news this week: Thailand floods affect 1 million, cut off access to south; Afghanistan now a “continual emergency”; Democratic Republic of Congo sees new violence and displacement.