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Food abundance driving conflict in Africa, not food scarcity

2 Mar 2018 | World

In Africa, food abundance may be driving violent conflict rather than food scarcity, according to a study published in the American Journal of Agricultural more »

More than 5,000 child soldiers released in 2017, but tens of thousands still being used in conflict

12 Feb 2018 | World

The global commitment to end the use of children in armed conflict led to the release and reintegration of more than 5,000 children in 2017, but tens of thousands of boys and girls are still being recruited, kidnapped, and forced to fight or work for military groups or armed forces at “alarming rates,” according to the United Nations. read more »

Where Climate Change Is Most Likely To Induce Food Violence

9 Jun 2017 | World

Climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, but new research suggests that the strength of a country's government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings. read more »

Dating Expert Ages Oldest Modern Human

8 Jun 2017 | World

A Griffith University geochronologist's state-of-the-art dating methods push back the origins of our species by an unprecedented 100,000 years, uncovering the oldest modern human and our deep biological history in more »

New research reveals earliest directly dated rock paintings from southern Africa

6 Jun 2017 | World

Researchers have shown that paintings in south-eastern Botswana are at least 5500 years old, whilst paintings in Lesotho and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, South Africa, date as far back as 3000 years. read more »

Yemen Grapples With 'Unprecedented' Cholera Outbreak

1 Jun 2017 | World

Amid an “unprecedented” increase in suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen – where medical facilities are teetering on the edge of collapse – UNICEF has stepped up its response but warned that time may be “running out.”read more »

South Sudan Fighting 'Must Stop Now' So Millions Can Be Spared From Famin

26 May 2017 | World

Despite “appalling conditions” in South Sudan, it is not too late to save more people from dying, the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said, joining the World Food Programme (WFP) chief in a call to all parties enmeshed in the country’s conflict to end the violence and work together to ensure access to food and other life-saving more »

Violence In North Africa, Middle East Puts Health Of 24 Million Children In Jeopardy

25 May 2017 | World

From Libya to Syria, grinding conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East have damaged health infrastructure and compromised water and sanitation services, threatening the health of 24 million children, UNICEF more »

Experts Race Against Clock To Quell Ebola Outbreak

19 May 2017 | World

A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the World Health Organization (WHO) more »

As Four Countries Face Famine, World 'Must Step Up Now'

18 May 2017 | World

With famine looming in four countries, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) stressed the need to rally support for both immediate relief to people at risk and for longer-term more »

New Ebola Virus Outbreak In Northern DR Congo

15 May 2017 | World

An Ebola outbreak in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has killed at least one person, according to the World health more »

The 'Cycle Of Revenge' In South Sudan Will 'Hurt Everyone'

12 May 2017 | World

Deteriorating security in parts of South Sudan coupled with increased displacement could worsen the humanitarian suffering in the country through outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and even cholera, the United Nations envoy for the country has more »

More Than One Million Children Have Fled Escalating Violence In South Sudan

10 May 2017 | World

The escalating conflict in South Sudan had driven more than one million children out of the country, the United Nations said, warning that the future of a generation is ‘on the brink.’read more »

International Criminal Court May Investigate Migrant-Related Crimes In Libya

9 May 2017 | World

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has told the United Nations Security Council that her Office is considering launching an investigation into alleged migrant-related crimes in Libya, including human more »

UNICEF Welcomes Release Of 80 Chibok Schoolgirls Abducted By Boko Haram

8 May 2017 | World

The United Nations Children's Fund has welcomed the release of more than 80 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents over three years more »

Somalia: 1.4M Children To Suffer Acute Malnutrition This Year

3 May 2017 | World

Some 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to be acutely malnourished this year, an increase of 50 per cent over last year, UNICEF more »

Starvation Looms For 20 Million People

26 Apr 2017 | World

If nothing is done soon, 20 million people will starve to death over the next six months in South Sudan, Somalia, north-eastern Nigera and Yemen, the Food and Agricultural Organization warned. read more »

Discovery Of More Mass Graves Reveal 'Unfolding Horror' In DR Congo

20 Apr 2017 | World

Raising alarm over increasing reports of serious human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations human rights chief underscored that the scale and nature of the allegations could warrant an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC).read more »

Famine Looms For Millions

17 Apr 2017 | World

Senior United Nations officials have repeated mid-February's 'call to action' on behalf of some 20 million people across four countries that now face the risk of famine. read more »

'Alarming' Rise In Use Of Children In 'Suicide' Attacks By Boko Haram

13 Apr 2017 | World

The use of children, particularly girls, by the Boko Haram terrorist group in violent attacks in the Lake Chad region has seen an “alarming” surge in 2017, UNICEF has more »

African Migrants Reportedly Being Sold In 'Slave Markets' In Libya

12 Apr 2017 | World

Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the more »

'Horrible Attack' In South Sudan Town Sends Thousands Fleeing Across Border

10 Apr 2017 | World

Host communities and aid agencies in Uganda are struggling to feed and shelter new refugees who have been displaced following a spike in violence in parts of neighbouring South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria province. read more »

Pirates Off Somalia's Coast Still A Potent Threat

6 Apr 2017 | World

Recent attacks on commercial ships off the coast of Somalia highlight the continued threat of piracy, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which has urged ships to follow advice of navies and that of the International Maritime Organization while planning passage through the more »

Over 100 Million People Face Severe Food Insecurity Worldwide

3 Apr 2017 | World

Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people worldwide were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a report on food crises that offers benchmark for action needed to avoid more »

As Famine Looms, Malnutrition And Disease Rise Sharply Among Somali Children – UNICEF

31 Mar 2017 | World

As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea – a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. read more »

Around 22 Million Children Could Soon Starve Without Urgent Aid

29 Mar 2017 | World

Millions of children are on the brink of starvation in the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, UNICEF warned, urgently calling for nearly $255 million to respond to immediate needs in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and more »

Children Suffer Grave Violations In Sudan's Conflict

28 Mar 2017 | World

Fewer children have been recruited to fight in parts of Sudan, but they are still killed and injured, and victims of sexual violence in the country, according to a new more »

600 Million Children Could Face Extreme Water Shortages

23 Mar 2017 | World

Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, UNICEF called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of more »

South Sudan Now World's Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis

20 Mar 2017 | World

The number of South Sudanese fleeing their homes is “alarming,” the UN refugee agency said, announcing that 1.6 million people have either been displaced or fled to neighbouring countries in the past eight months more »

Yemen 'One Of Worst Hunger Crises In The World'

16 Mar 2017 | World

An estimated 17 million people in Yemen are hungry, according to analysis released by the United Nations and humanitarian partners, up more than 20 per cent in the past nine more »

Agency Warns Of Water Scarcity In North Africa And Near East

10 Mar 2017 | World

Accessible fresh water in North Africa and the Middle East has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years, posing a huge challenge requiring "an urgent and massive response," the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) more »

Call For Global Support To Avert Famine In Somalia

8 Mar 2017 | World

Visiting Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged international support to avoid a famine in the drought-hit African country and curb the spread of cholera while also highlighting some hopeful developments more »

Drought Threatens 1.5 Million Somalis

28 Feb 2017 | World

Less than half of the people in Somalia have access to basic health services, the World Health Organization said, announcing that it is scaling up its response in the country amid a severe drought and worsening food more »

Tackling Hunger Crises in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria And Yemen Requires $4.4 billion

23 Feb 2017 | World

Sounding the alarm on behalf of more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and north-east Nigeria facing devastating levels of food insecurity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for “strong and urgent” action from the international community to help the already-fragile countries avert more »

Study Reveals 'Nightmare' For Central Africa's Forest Elephants

22 Feb 2017 | World

Forest elephants living in an area that had been considered a sanctuary in the Central African country of Gabon are rapidly being picked off by illegal poachers, who are primarily coming from the bordering country of Cameroon. read more »

'Time Running Out' For 1.4 Million Children In 'Man-Made' Crises In Africa

22 Feb 2017 | World

Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine threatens in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, warned more »

Poaching Drives 80 Percent Decline In Elephants In Key Preserve

21 Feb 2017 | World

Forest elephant populations in one of Central Africa's largest and most important preserves have declined between 78 percent and 81 percent because of poaching, a new Duke University-led study finds. read more »

Famine Declared In Region Of South Sudan

21 Feb 2017 | World

Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of more »

Africa's Largest Refugee Crisis Needs Urgent Response

13 Feb 2017 | World

With already more than 3.5 million displaced within and outside the borders of South Sudan and thousands more driven to neighbouring countries every day, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for an urgent peaceful resolution to what has now become Africa's worst refugee crisis. read more »

Fighting Reaches 'Worrying Proportions' In South Sudan's North-East

10 Feb 2017 | World

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has voiced concern about an escalation in the fighting between Government and opposition forces in the west bank of the River Nile in the African country's more »

Seven Million People In Lake Chad Basin 'Living On The Edge'

24 Jan 2017 | World

Spotlighting the desperate plight of millions in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, the top humanitarian official for the Sahel region called for international solidarity with the people in urgent more »

Sprinting Towards Extinction? Cheetah Numbers Crash Globally

28 Dec 2016 | World

The world's fastest land animal, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever unless urgent, landscape-wide conservation action is taken, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of more »

2016: Another Fatal Year For Elephants

23 Dec 2016 | World

Elephants continued to be slaughtered for their ivory this year. More than 18 tons of illegal ivory, plus 949 elephant tusks and more than 3,000 pieces were reportedly seized in 2016, with at least 15 large seizures in excess of 500 kilograms. read more »

Majority Of Trafficking Victims Are Women And Girls; One-Third Children

22 Dec 2016 | World

The vast majority of all human trafficking victims – some 71 per cent – are women and girls and one third are children, according to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).read more »

Act Now To Halt South Sudan's 'Trajectory Towards Mass Atrocities'

20 Dec 2016 | World

Amid growing tensions and increasing despair among South Sudan’s population, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the international community’s failure to act now could put the country on a trajectory towards mass atrocities. read more »

Number Of Children Recruited Into South Sudanese Conflict Passes 17,000

16 Dec 2016 | World

According to new figures released by UNICEF some 1,300 children were recruited by armed forces and armed groups in 2016, bringing the total number of children used in conflict in South Sudan since 2013 to more than 17, more »

'Severely Malnourished' Children In Northeast Nigeria

15 Dec 2016 | World

With about two-thirds of health facilities in parts of Nigeria’s restive north-east region either completely destroyed or partially damaged, UNICEF has estimated that 400,000 children there could suffer from severe acute malnutrition over the next more »

Conflict Threatens Decades Of Progress For Children In Middle East, North Africa

13 Dec 2016 | World

Although countries across the Middle East and North Africa have made major strides in protecting children’s rights and wellbeing since the inception of UNICEF 70 years ago, conflict risks reversing these gains for 157 million children in the more »

Sub-Saharan Africa Won't Grow Enough Grain In 2050

13 Dec 2016 | World

Maximizing cereal crops yields in sub-Saharan Africa would still fail to meet the region's skyrocketing grain demand by 2050, according to a new more »

Nearly 535 Million Children Living In Crisis-Hit Countries – UNICEF

12 Dec 2016 | World

As the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) marks the 70th anniversary of its work for the world's most vulnerable children, it issued a stark warning that nearly 535 million of them are living in harsh conditions, lacking access to decent health, education and protection more »