Drought and a violent civil war have pushed more than 100,000 South Sudanese to the point of famine, and another 1 million face starvation. Aid workers accuse the government and opposition of weaponizing hunger.   In a special report for the Lancet, Sharmila Devi reports on…

6 years ago, widespread drought in Somalia caused a devastating famine that killed 250,000. Today, an even worse drought could bring famine back.   In an IRIN news commentary, 10 humanitarian leaders warn that food security, nutrition and health are dwindling, especially in…

In what international aid officials are calling one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II, famines are unfolding in 4 countries—Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen—putting 20 million lives at stake. The simultaneous crises—driven by drought and armed…

6 aid workers were killed last weekend in South Sudan, attacked in an ambush on the road from Juba, the capital, to Pibor.   The UN has not yet identified the nationalities of the aid workers or their organization. But the attack marks the latest in a string of assaults on…

The South Sudanese government announced plans to drastically increase permit fees for foreign aid workers, from $100 to $10,000—prompting pushback from a community gearing up to fight famine in the country.   The Quote: "No organization can afford this, and if NGOs go to…

Against the backdrop of the UN’s declaration last week that a famine is growing in South Sudan, NPR’s Goats & Soda blog asks: Who declares a famine? And what does that mean?  

Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are all facing famine—and the frustration for aid workers is that famine is an entirely preventable disaster in this day and age, if only enough donors cared.   It’s a slow-moving disaster, and in technical terms signals the final…

Aid institutions and governments have been caught flat-footed in the fight against Nigeria’s Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram. The result: Devastating famine now threatens millions. Displacement and isolation have pushed more than 3 million people to the brink of…