The delayed effects of the 2016 El Niño warming phenomenon are now settling in worldwide. Prolonged droughts, worsened by conflict and severe food shortages, are affecting as many as 70 million people throughout central, east, and southern Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia.
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).
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 deadly floods in Mozambique, more than a million Haitians facing hunger in Hurricane Matthew’s wake, and an irrigation app that’s helping Kenyan farmers save their crops.
More Iraqis are fleeing Mosul, El Salvador’s murder rate has dropped 20 percent, and famine looms in parts of Somalia and South Sudan.
Chickens and goats from World Vision’s Gift Catalog and child sponsorship set a family in Zambia on a path to prosperity.
Hunger and conflict are taking a heavy toll on children and families in the areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad near the Lake Chad water basin. Food production in Syria is at a record low as farmers are losing their ability to cultivate crops with dwindling resources. And areas of South Sudan could experience famine in the coming months if families are unable to access more food or livelihood help.