World Africa

  • How a 20-million-person crisis goes unseen

    Shining a spotlight on far-away problems is always a challenge for aid groups – even amid drought and famine in Africa, which is being called the worst humanitarian crisis in decades. But when they succeed, public awareness often translates into action. Part 5 of our series on famine resilience.

  • Amid persistent drought, a nation of herders plots a new course

    In Somaliland, part of famine prevention means keeping people at home, rather than wandering for help. It also means laying the ground for a major shift to lessen dependence on livestock, the backbone of Somalis' survival for centuries. Part 4 of our series on famine resilience. 

  • In drought-stricken Somaliland, age-old challenges meet WhatsApp

    Six months ago, a handful of people in this self-declared republic had a novel idea: create a WhatsApp group to quickly connect donors with relatives' communities enduring drought. Now other sub-clans are using it as a model.

  • Madagascar fights the subtler side of hunger: chronic malnutrition

    Droughts and famines tend to afflict countries in cyclical fashion. But where chronic malnutrition is endemic, such as in Madagascar, they strike harder. Health education is a start, aid groups say – but adjusting priorities is important, too. Part 3 of our series on famine resilience.


Photos of the Week Photos of the week 08/21

A rare white moose is seen in Gunnarskog, Varmland, Sweden.

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