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...
The trials of educating children in Darfur’s camps
20 November, 2015
“One morning an armed group attacked our village. My husband was killed and I am now alone with no help to support six children,” said Samia Dawood, 31, from Um Ghubeish village in East Jebel Marra in Sudan’s Darfur region.
When fighting erupted in January this year, Samia...
South Sudan: Cholera cases decline as aid agencies join forces to contain the outbreak
31 August, 2015
When 32-year-old Rosa Lino arrived at the cholera treatment unit in Gumbo, a neighbourhood in the capital, Juba, with her 22-month-old son Angelo, he had all the signs of severe dehydration and she feared that he might not survive.
“I was so worried because he was very weak and his...
In Darfur, improving lives one phone call at a time
25 August, 2015
“One time, at midnight, I received a call from a woman. She sounded very worried. Torrential rains had destroyed her shelter and the latrines, her food and her belongings. She was desperate. I asked her if any other houses had been destroyed, and she told me there were approximately 150...
Seven things you need to know about the humanitarian response today in South Sudan
8 July, 2015
This 9 July marks the fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. In a challenging context, the humanitarian community takes this opportunity to pay tribute to the people of South Sudan who are at the forefront of grassroots humanitarian action, providing life-saving assistance,...