Failed rains have disrupted life here in ways seismic enough to register – if barely – on the Richter scale of global disasters. The government estimates that nearly 8 million people are in urgent need of assistance. But at close range, drought does even more than leave people hungry or far from home.
Chad, Congo, and the Central African Republic are among the 'neglected' countries where there is little to no malaria research or funding despite high death rates related to the disease, according to a study released by University of Southampton in England.
UN troops are spread too thin to contain the violence, and local forces are poorly trained and under-equipped to deal with the sectarian fighting that has been raging since 2013.
If the drought continues, the World Health Organization warns that a famine could be imminent in the country – but such an event is avoidable, with the proper aid.
The girls, captured three years ago by Boko Haram, were released in exchange for five commanders of the terrorist group.
In Zimbabwe, family planning aid has dramatically reduced maternal and infant mortality. Now, one group is scrambling to make up aid it will lose as the 'Mexico City' policy is reinstated – even though the group doesn't perform abortions in the country.
Pope Francis formally apologized to Rwanda for the role Catholic clergy played in attacks, saying he hoped to begin a new chapter in the Church's relationship with the government and its people.
Eight Sri Lankan crew members were taken hostage on the oil freighter pirates anchored off the coast of Somalia, but no ransom has been demanded yet.
More than half of Somali residents are struggling with the effects of drought, as widespread food shortages threaten millions.
Judge Nicholas Lorraine-Smith, presiding over a seven-week inquest into the deaths, ruled that the tour operator hadn’t been negligent. He did, however, criticize Tunisian police for a bungled response.
High court judge Phineas Mojapelo told the government that its notice of withdrawal from the ICC, issued in October, is 'unconstitutional and invalid' because it did not first receive parliamentary consent.