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Field Notes: The View from Camps in Central African Republic

Editor's Note: Mike Penrose, Executive Director of Action Against Hunger in France, recently visited a series of camps for displaced persons in and around Bangui, Central African Republic. The following are excerpts from his dispatches from the field.

South Sudan: Saving Lives in the Midst of Ongoing Crisis

After violence spread rapidly in South Sudan’s capital city of Juba starting exactly a month ago, insecurity and instability continue to plague the world’s youngest nation. Our Head of Program for East Africa, Nipin Gangadharan, is overseeing our operations in South Sudan and this week issued the following statement.

The Philippines, Two Months After Typhoon Haiyan

Two months have now elapsed since Typhoon Haiyan caused massive death and destruction across the Philippines. The Filipino population will be digging out for a long time to come—digging out from the rubble, and digging out from the catastrophic emotional toll the storm has taken on so many families.

Escalating Violence Threatens Thousands in the Central African Republic

After suffering a coup in early 2013, the Central African Republic was left with a challenging humanitarian situation, with an estimated 1.5 million citizens in need of assistance. In December, conditions deteriorated further as escalating violence threatened the lives of thousands of people already living on the brink of survival.

Attention Last Minute Shoppers: Make Merry & Bright in the Nick of Time

It’s December 23rd. This should be around the time when you start slowing down from the holiday marathon, settling in for some quality family time. Picture an idyllic scene. A fireplace. A mug of cocoa.

Wait. This isn’t your reality right now? Okay. Welcome to the club. You’re frantically finishing your shopping just like us, aren’t you?

Nelson Mandela: Reflections on a Life Well-Lived

Editor's Note: This piece first appeared on The Huffington Post Impact Blog on December 6, 2013.

We're Thankful For You!

As most of us go through our week, we’ll say “Happy Thanksgiving” at some point. Two little words we say without a thought the week of Turkey Day, to everyone from the mailman to the supermarket checkout clerk. Then we busy ourselves with the cooking, the entertaining, and the eating—and some of us let the day go by without really taking stock of that for which we're thankful.

Celebrating World Toilet Day with Education

Earlier this year, the United Nations designated November 19th as World Toilet Day in order to raise awareness for the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to sanitation and toilets. In Pakistan, one of the countries where Action Against Hunger works, more than 43 million people do not have access to proper sanitation, and sanitation-related diseases are responsible for more than half of all deaths of children under five.

Surviving Typhoon Haiyan: “Now, our priorities are to find shelter, food, and water.”

“This has always been our land,” says Geronima Merales, a 60-year-old resident of Tanawan, a village a few miles south of Tacloban. Geronima has lived in Tanawan her entire life, but last week, she lost the only home she’d ever known to severe floods caused by Typhoon Haiyan. And she was not the only one affected—the typhoon tore through Tanawan, destroying the homes of 3,500 villagers. 

One Week After Typhoon Haiyan, Racing to Restore Water Systems, Prevent Disease

One week ago, Typhoon Haiyan—the deadliest typhoon to ever make landfall—struck the Philippines, leaving a massive humanitarian disaster in its wake: it is now estimated that nearly thirteen million people have been affected across nine regions, four million of whom have lost their homes.


About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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