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Cyclone Haruna Devastates Madagascar

Tens of thousands of people’s lives have been devastated across the southwest of Madagascar after the destructive Tropical Cyclone Haruna swept across the country.

Torrential rains and winds of up to 125 miles per hour destroyed thousands of families' homes and ruined crops and water points. The force of the rising sea burst a major dam north of Tulear, causing water to flood the city and surrounding rural community.

With water points flooded and contaminated, families are in desperate need of safe drinking water, to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.

Typhoon Bopha: Portraits of Survival in the Philippines

Typhoon Bopha, which devastated the Surigao del Sur region of the Philippines when it hit in December, destroyed the livelihoods of more than six million people.

Our teams have been hard at work in the region, supporting the recovery of those affected by distributing food, building temporary shelters and latrines, and delivering sanitation and hygiene training.

Two months after the disaster, we’re proud to publish the stories of some of the brave survivors who are fighting hard to rebuild their lives, and to keep their families safe from hunger and disease.

Mali in Crisis: Latest Video Report from the Frontlines

The ongoing conflict in Mali has restricted access to food from the nation’s north, increased food prices, and diminished the resources needed to purchase that food, reports Helena Valencia, an Action Against Hunger Emergency Coordinator currently working in Mali.

Mali Crisis: A Mother's Journey to Save Her Son

This week has been a hopeful one for citizens of Mali. After several weeks of intense conflict, major outposts in the country’s north – Gao and Timbuktu – have been secured. Still, almost 250,000 Malians are displaced, and many of them have been for months – even before the most recent outbreak of violence. Humanitarian needs remain significant. Our teams are hard at work caring for children like the little boy you are about to meet.

New Threats in Mali Deepen Humanitarian Crisis

Since the start of the military intervention in Mali's Gao region two weeks ago, the population's access to food supplies across the region has deteriorated significantly. According to our team on the ground, the local economy is in a downward spiral and residents are in survival mode. Our experts are also increasingly concerned that a potential armed intervention from Niger will further decrease access to food and humanitarian supplies across northern Mali.

Hundreds of Thousands at Risk as Conflict Threatens Food Security across Mali

The growing conflict in northern Mali has caused widespread insecurity, displacement, and disruptions, including the suspension of vital humanitarian efforts across the region of Gao as Action Against Hunger is forced to place existing programs on hold, warning that the latest clashes were undermining already vulnerable communities across the region.

Emergency Relief Efforts Scaled Up in Typhoon-Stricken Philippines

Incessant, heavy rain is making rehabilitation efforts challenging in the Surigao del Sur region of the Philippines, where Typhoon Bopha hit last month. But no challenge is too great for our Action Against Hunger emergency responders! We’ve distributed rice, oil, salt, sugar, canned meat, fish, and vegetables to some 12,000 individuals from 2,000 families.

Emergency: Typhoon Bopha Sows Destruction Across Southern Philippines

A large typhoon tore its way through the southern Philippines this week, leaving more than 450 people dead and as many missing. An Action Against Hunger emergency response team – with expertise in disaster logistics, nutrition, water and sanitation, food security, and psychology – has been deployed to conduct a rapid assessment in Surigao del Sur, one of the areas affected by the typhoon.

Crisis Mounts in DRC: 200,000 Displaced in Past 10 Days

Imagine fleeing violence in your home city and settling in a camp for displaced citizens. If that fate isn’t difficult enough, imagine the area around the camp then being seized by members of a rebel group, forcing you back, homeless, to your city of origin where there is no power and virtually no access to water. This scenario isn’t a bad dream. It’s the reality being faced by residents who originally hail from Goma, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Action Against Hunger Kenya Takes Nutrition Work to Next Level

Huyen Tran, Action Against Hunger’s Country Program Coordinator in Kenya, participated this week in a groundbreaking nutrition symposium. In a Q&A with me, she reveals how the results of the gathering will impact the country’s humanitarian interventions for years to come.

Elisabeth Rapport (ER): The first-ever Kenya Nutrition Symposium was held this week. Describe the significance of this event for the humanitarian community in Kenya, and for Action Against Hunger specifically.


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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