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Mothers, Children Need Assistance During Emergencies, Disasters

Huffington Post: When Disaster Strikes, Mothers and Newborns Are the Most Vulnerable Julia Wiklander, founder of Girls’ Globe “…This year’s State of the World’s Mothers Report, released by Save the Children, shows that mothers and children face the greatest risk of death during emergencies. … Around the world, mothers and…

Congress To Address Influx Of Central American Children, Adults Into U.S.

Inter Press Service: U.S. Urged to Put Development Aid over Border Security “…Many potential solutions have been tabled as to how the federal government should handle the unprecedented influx [of tens of thousands of Central American children and adults that continue to cross the U.S. southern border]. Yet these strategies,…

Fighting In South Sudan Contributes To Country’s Food Insecurity

News outlets examine how fighting in South Sudan is contributing to food insecurity in the country. Foreign Policy: South Sudan’s Coming Famine “…[A] fresh round of fighting, which erupted over the weekend between government forces and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, further erodes the prospects for peace…

Militant Attacks Inhibit Aid Work In Northern Cameroon

IRIN: Attacks curb aid work in north Cameroon “An escalation of attacks by Nigerian radical Islamist Boko Haram militia is restricting aid operations in the Far North Region of Cameroon where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought safety, say aid workers…” (8/15).

Cholera Outbreak Fears Mount After Flooding In Nepal

Agence France-Presse: Nepal floods kill 101 as cholera fears mount “The death toll from landslides and flooding in Nepal has risen to 101 after rescuers found four more bodies, officials said Monday, as they battled to prevent a cholera outbreak…” (8/18).

U.N. Officials Condemn Sexual Violence In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: ‘Barbaric’ sexual violence perpetrated by Islamic State militants in Iraq — U.N. “Two senior United Nations officials today condemned in the strongest terms the ‘barbaric acts’ of sexual violence and ‘savage rapes’ the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control…”…

U.S. Government To Provide Emergency Food Aid To South Sudan

News outlets report on the announcement that the U.S. government will provide special funding to South Sudan to help address the country’s food crisis. Devex: For first time since 2008, U.S. taps special funding pool to feed South Sudan “South Sudan currently faces the ‘worst food security situation in the…

Numerous East, Central African Countries Facing ‘Acute Food Insecurity’

IRIN: Food security alarm for east, central Africa “Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in Eastern and Central Africa, with most of them being at ‘crisis’ and ’emergency’ levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013. The affected countries…

Sierra Leone, Liberia Struggle To Respond To Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the challenges surrounding the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone appeals for $18m to plug Ebola funding gap “Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma appealed to the international community on Tuesday for help filling an $18 million (13…