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Violence, Food Shortages, Disease Outbreaks, Health Infrastructure Damage Threaten Millions Of Lives In Africa, Middle East

The Guardian: Scientists race against time as Yemen’s deadly cholera outbreak spirals
“As Yemen’s cholera outbreak gathers pace, an investigation is under way to determine whether a new and more deadly strain of the disease is responsible for a second wave of cases that hit the country last month…” (Summers, 5/24).

The Guardian: Somaliland’s hunger crisis: ‘The world doesn’t respond until children are dying’
“Somaliland’s foreign minister has said that the international community’s refusal to recognize the republic 26 years after it declared independence means aid is taking far longer to reach people on the brink of famine…” (Wintour, 5/24).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Violence in central Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to deadly malnutrition: U.N.
“Spiraling violence in central Democratic Republic of Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centers, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening malnutrition, UNICEF said on Wednesday…” (Guilbert, 5/24).

U.N. News Centre: Violence in North Africa, Middle East puts health of 24 million children in jeopardy — UNICEF
“From Libya to Syria, grinding conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East have damaged health infrastructure and compromised water and sanitation services, threatening the health of 24 million children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned [Wednesday]. ‘Violence is crippling health systems in conflict-affected countries and threatens children’s very survival,’ said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa…” (5/24).

U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: ‘Fighting must stop now’ so millions can be spared from famine, say U.N. agency chiefs
“Despite ‘appalling conditions’ in South Sudan, it is not too late to save more people from dying, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said [Wednesday], joining the World Food Programme (WFP) chief in a call to all parties enmeshed in the country’s conflict to end the violence and work together to ensure access to food and other life-saving support…” (5/24).

Washington Post: Somalis are fleeing famine — only to find death in a place of refuge
“…The drought and the looming specter of a famine have brought nearly 160,000 people to Baidoa from the baked countryside. They have come to save themselves from almost certain starvation. But an outbreak of cholera is spreading death through this place of refuge. … Half of Somalia’s population, about six million people, is now dependent on humanitarian aid…” (Bearak, 5/24).

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