South Sudan: 1.25 million face starvation in war-torn country

In war-torn South Sudan 1.25 million people are facing starvation, double the number from the same time last year, according to a report by the United Nations and the government released Monday. This country could once again plunge into famine in 2018, warn humanitarian groups and the government. “The widespread...

UN health agency says: 94 deaths from plague in Madagascar

An unusually large plague outbreak in Madagascar has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said Friday. The number of suspected cases has reached 1,153, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, Africa emergencies chief for the U.N. health agency, told reporters in Geneva. More cases are expected, “but we think we can...

South Sudan: Winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter

War-torn South Sudan “should serve as an example” for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy Carter. Speaking to the Associated Press, Carter praised the world’s youngest nation for making steady progress in ridding itself of the...

SIERRA LEONE: LOCAL LEADERS SAY 1,000 DEAD FROM MUDSLIDES

More than 1,000 people have died from the mudslide and flood that hit Sierra Leone’s capital nearly two weeks ago, a local leader and a minister said Sunday during services honoring the disaster’s victims. The government had earlier put the death toll for the Aug. 14 mudslide at 450 dead, while...

NEARLY 500 DEAD IN SIERRA LEONE MUDSLIDES: HOSPITAL OFFICALS

Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll had risen to nearly 500 bodies collected. More than 600 people remain missing and rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding...

Mozambique: Cholera Outbreak Spreading With More Than 1,200 Infected

A cholera outbreak in parts of Mozambique has infected more than 1,200 people, killing two this month after heavy rains, and will spread further if no action is taken, a health ministry official said on Tuesday. The disease, which is usually contracted from infected water, has already spread from the capital...

South Sudan: Experiencing Ethnic Cleansing, UN Report Says

A new United Nations report describes South Sudan as teetering on the edge of genocide and experiencing ethnic cleansing, a stark portrayal of a nation whose crises now include famine. The seven-month inquiry by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights into South Sudan is the most comprehensive report so far into...

United Nations: Aid Workers Leave Famine-Hit South Sudan Area For Safety

The United Nations says aid workers in a famine-stricken region of South Sudan have been forced to relocate because of insecurity, complicating efforts to help more than 100,000 affected people. The U.N. statement Tuesday said 28 aid workers had to leave Mayendit county in Unity State. The U.N. and South Sudan...

South Africa: Center Offers Hope For Abandoned Babies

Outside an old house in a battered Johannesburg neighborhood, a hatch door slams shut and an alarm signals the arrival of an abandoned baby. A new infant is joining the ranks of toddlers being raised in the center. In this periodic ritual, Francinah Phago, manager of the Door of Hope sanctuary in Berea, washes her...