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El Niño sweeps southern Africa

El Niño sweeps southern AfricaAs El Niño-related drought conditions swept across southern Africa, some 49 million people will likely be struggling to get adequate food by the end of the year, according to the IFRC. Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe all declared states of emergency, as have seven of South Africa’s nine provinces. Mozambique declared [...]

Empty nest in Gaza

Empty nest in GazaThe life of a fisherman is rarely easy. But the fishing boats of Gaza face a particular challenge: they are only allowed to fish up to six nautical miles off the coast, due to the Israeli naval blockade. Fishing is an essential part of Gaza’s economy, but restrictions have undermined the sector [...]

When trust means life or death

Stopping Ebola virus disease is not just about providing information, vaccine and treatment. It’s about gaining the trust of people with good reason to be wary.