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Food Supplies are Running low for Displaced Yazidis in Iraq


There are 2.1 million people internally displaced in Iraq. This includes hundreds of thousands of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious sect that was targeted for genocide by the Islamic State.

Teen Girls Suspected in Boko Haram Suicide Bombing


Get these clips delivered to your inbox At least 30 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Mauduguri in North eastern Nigeria.

Why The UN Headquarters Were Lit Up in Orange


Today, November 25, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In a show of support for a new 16 day campaign of activism launched by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women, the New York skyline was set ablaze with fiery colors last night, as both the UN headquarters and the Empire State Building were illuminated in orange. The campaign, which begins today, ends on December 10, which is International Human Rights Day.

The Race to Stop Ebola in Mali


Get these clips delivered to your inbox Senegal and Nigeria were able to contain Ebola. Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were not.

Map of the Day: Where Humans Are Trafficked


Today’s map comes from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) which released its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report today.

Episode 42: Howard French


The journalist Howard French spent a career covering West Africa and China for the New York Times. He stumbled into journalism somewhat accidentally while living in the Ivory Coast and has reported from the Liberian civil war, conflict in DR Congo, and covered social upheavals in China.

Outbreak of Plague in Madagascar


Get these clips delivered to your inbox.  The WHO is sounding an alarm as the bubonic plague reaches the densely populated capital.

The Clean Cookstoves Movement Just Got a Huge Boost


(Cookstoves Future Summit, New York) — Despite four million annual deaths as a result of black carbon smoke inhalation and the other dangers of open fire cooking, cookstove initiatives have historically only received little attention in the world of aid and development.

Happy 25th Birthday, Convention on the Rights of the Child!


The recognition that children have special, specific civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights - above and beyond what is guaranteed in national laws and other international treaties – was a major breakthrough in the protection and advancement of children’s rights worldwide.

Green Climate Fund is Funded…Sort of


Get these clips delivered to your inbox. A pledging conference in Berlin netted $9.3 billion toward a $10 billion goal.

Cookstoves Future Summit, Day 1:


(Cookstoves Future Summit, New York) – Unless you are a serious camper, most of us in the developed world do not really think about cookstoves, let alone how they operate and their massive global impact.

The Geopolitical Implications of a Nuclear Deal with Iran


The USA and Iran may remake the geopolitics of the Middle East with a successful outcome of a nuclear deal.

Governments Make Big Commitments on Malnutrition


Get these clips delivered to your inbox. This action is a reflection of growing attention that is being paid to both micronutrient deficiency and also the public health burdens of obesity.

Things Are Looking Good for Burkina Faso


This is how the peaceful overthrow of a long serving African strongman is supposed to work. Burkina Faso’s political, civilian, religious and traditional leaders have not only hammered out a transition plan for the next 12 months, but new transitional leaders have also been selected, a mere 20 days since the fall of Blaise Compaore.

“I am an Ebola Survivor. This is My Story”


There’s one category of people you don’t often hear from in the unfolding crisis in West Africa: actual survivors of ebola.

Big Drop in American Volunteers to Ebola Zone


Get these clips delivered to your inbox.  It turns out unnecessary quarantine rules and the stigmatization of aid workers is undermining the fight to defeat ebola at its source.

A Forgotten Crisis in The Philippines


Zamboanga, Philippines — This month, the Philippines is marking the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall.

Map of the Day: Drowning as a Global Health Priority


Today’s map comes from a new World Health Organization report on the global health implications of drownings.

Stunning New Stats on Modern Day Slavery


Get these clips delivered to your inbox. More people are enslaved around the world than were previously estimated, 38.5 million to be precise.

The Problem With “Safe Zones” in the Middle East


Permeable state borders have been both a contributor to, and a consequence of, the current upheavals in the Middle East.


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