780 people are ahead of Manuel Rochin who’s waiting for a spot in a San Francisco homeless shelter.  A San Francisco Chronicle journalist met him on June 18 when the paper sent 3 dozen journalists to document 24 hours in the city’s surging homelessness problem. Despite…

The UN is investigating claims that Russian and Syrian forces used location information on humanitarian sites to bomb hospitals and civilian facilities, The Washington Post reports.

A UN report out this week revealed that Ethiopia has the world’s highest numbers of forcibly displaced people, with 1.5 newly displaced in 2018, NPR reports.

Soured relations between Cuba and Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro has left 28 million Brazilians with reduced access to medical care.   During his presidential campaign, Bolsonaro insisted that payment for the more than 8,500 Cuban doctors working in Brazil should go…

“It is not the time and place to be pessimistic,” says Jean Chrysostome Gody, director of the Central African Republic’s only pediatric hospital. His core contribution: As years of fighting left the country in tatters, Gody stayed behind and designed a program that just…

Known for his biting satire that hilariously upended stereotypes of Africa, the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina died yesterday in Nairobi, The Star reports. He was 48. Gay sex is illegal in Kenya, but Wainaina made the Nairobi suburbs his home, and documented his life as…

Yesterday Alabama lawmakers passed the most restrictive abortion law in America, banning virtually all abortions with no exceptions for victims of rape and incest. Clashing with federal court rulings, Alabama’s law allows only abortions needed to save a mother’s life.   The…

Before the US FDA greenlit the world’s first dengue vaccine last week, Dengvaxia made headlines for a deployment in the Philippines that led to criminal charges. After its 2016 rollout, concerns emerged that the embattled vaccine given to 100,000 Philippine children could…

A month after Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, killing more than 1,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, the suffering continues. The Numbers, according to Reuters:

Prison and police services in Basra, Iraq are stretched to the brink as scores of dealers and users are put behind bars, most of them unemployed and under 25. Crystal meth is the dominant drug. The city’s massive oil wealth stands in stark contrast to its poor living…