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This is What Being Driven from Your Home by Boko Haram Looks Like (VIDEO)

. Outside of Syria, the situation in Northeastern Nigeria and in the Lake Chad basin is arguably the most urgent humanitarian crisis in the world.

Trouble in Lake Chad

Despite gains against Boko Haram a crisis looms in this region. “Nearly half a million children around Lake Chad face “severe acute malnutrition” due to drought and a seven-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, UNICEF said on Thursday.

There’s New Evidence of Chemical Weapons in Syria, Now a Showdown is Looming at the Security Council

Chemical Weapons have been used — again — in Syria. A report transmitted to the Security Council yesterday by a the UN-backed Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons found several instances of chemical weapons use, including by the Syrian government.

UN Panel finds evidence of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

”The results set the stage for a Security Council showdown between the five veto-wielding powers, likely pitting Russia and China against the United States, Britain and France over whether sanctions should be imposed in the wake of the inquiry.

Can Kofi Annan Bring Peace to a Troubled Region?

The former Secretary General is taking on a new challenge: bringing peace and reconciliation to a desolate, troubled corner of South East Asia.

Has the Leader of Boko Haram Been Killed?

At time of publication details are sketchy, but the Nigerian government seems to want us to think so.

An historic first for the International Criminal Court

Yesterday saw the trial of Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi at the International Criminal Court for the intentional destruction of world heritage shrines in Timbuktu during the 2012 occupation of the city by the Islamic rebel group Ansar Dine.

Collecting honest data on maternal deaths gives us the information we need to save women’s lives.

Maternal death is one of the thorny problems of global health. Many different factors can cause a mother to lose her life – cultural attitudes about childbirth, geographical isolation, access to healthcare and the skill level of her healthcare providers.

Australia’s Offshore Refugee Detention Under Fire

  Australia announced yesterday that it would be closing its controversial migrant detention center on Manus island in Papua New Guinea following a court order earlier this year.

World Humanitarian Day: The Plight of Aid Workers

Today is World Humanitarian Day, an international day established in 2003 to honor aid workers who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of others.

Map of the Day: Where and How the USA Will Spend Foreign Aid in 2017

Today’s map comes from the new website. It is a fascinating data visualization of planned global development and foreign assistance spending for the Fiscal Year 2017.

An Insane War on Drugs in the Philippines

The new bombastic and brash president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is undertaking a war on drugs like no other country on earth.

Massive Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign Underway

Some 10 million doses are expected to be given in DRC in a campaign that starts this week. “A last-ditch effort to prevent yellow fever spreading through Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and potentially developing into a global epidemic is to be launched using vaccines containing a fifth of the normal dose because the global stockpile is so low.

Is this the beginning of the end for Robert Mugabe?

A movement that started with a video posted on Facebook railing against corruption is now shaking the Zimbabwean political establishment to its core.

On the desolate Syrian Border with Jordan, 100,000 people Stranded for Months

Ed note. This is a guest post from Dr Natalie Thurtle is a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency doctor.

Rampaging South Sudanese Troops Attacked Foreigners, Singled Out Americans Last Month

Soldiers perpetrated gang rapes and and multiple counts of sexual violence against aid workers trapped in a hotel compound when fighting erupted in Juba last month.

Greg Stanton has Spent a Career Fighting Genocide. The Psychological Toll is Heavy

Greg Stanton has spent a career researching and fighting genocide. He speaks candidly about the psychological toll of this line of work and managing the PTSD which he confronts to this day.

Chibok Girls Seen on Video

According to the video, at least some of the 218 missing girls have been killed in airstrikes. “The mother of one of the Chibok girls kidnapped more than two years ago by Nigeria’s Islamic extremists on Sunday saw the first proof her daughter is alive – a video of her begging Nigeria’s government to exchange detained militants for the girls’ freedom.

Can a New Peacekeeping Force Stabilize South Sudan?

There is an important vote at the Security Council today to extend and expand the mandate of the beleaguered UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

Big Test for Stability and Democracy in Southern Africa

There were no reports of violence at the polls yesterday, which is a good sign. The run up to the election has not been peaceful, so this is considered a big test of one of the region’s most mature democracies.