UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits drought-hit Ethiopia
31 January, 2016
The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the country, before heading to the drought-stricken region of Oromia where he witnessed first-hand...
World must support Ethiopians as frightening drought looms
6 January, 2016
Those who remember Ethiopia in the 1980s may feel a disturbing sense of déjà vu. The country is once again facing devastating climatic conditions: rains have failed; millions of people need food aid; children are suffering from severe malnutrition. But this is not the Ethiopia...
Health services for East Sudan's most remote communities
21 December, 2015
To reach Gulsa, a remote village in East Sudan, you have to travel through the desert, along barely-visible tracks in the sand. Located some 20 km from the state capital, Kassala, people used to make the gruelling two-hour journey regularly to buy medicine, which was unavailable at their...
In Burundi, a humanitarian hotline to address people's needs better and faster
21 December, 2015
When heavy El Niño-related rains pounded Nyamusenvi village in Bujumbura Rural Province for three consecutive days this past October, Laurent Hatungimana, 32 and father of five, remembered an important number he had saved in his phone. Three weeks earlier, a volunteer from the Burundi...
El Niño in Kenya: Yesterday's tragedies, tomorrow's preparedness
6 December, 2015
As the clouds formed thick and fast, Jane Anyango Adika, mother of eight, grew increasingly worried, hoping her home would not be flooded. It rained a lot that night in the Kano plains, which lie 380 km from the capital, Nairobi. She said: “At about 3 a.m. I felt my bed was getting wet...