China’s economic miracle has long been hailed as one of the biggest contributors to the fall in the global rate of extreme poverty. But now that growth is slowing and the country is working its way out of the “middle income trap,” economists have turned their focus toward the sharp inequality that latched onto China’s stunning growth. And according to a new study, it’s far worse than previously estimated.
There are now 1.4 million children facing acute malnutrition in Somalia, a 50 percent increase since the start of the year, according to UNICEF. The U.N. agency is concerned by what it calls the “triple threat of drought, disease and displacement” Somali children face.
A pair of airstrikes hit near a hospital in the Syrian city of Idlib, damaging the facility, Save the Children officials said. There were no fatalities at the hospital from the attack – the twelfth attack on a health facility in April.
After decades of armed conflict, Colombia is the second most densely mined country in the world. Handicap International is one organization working remove the landmines to prevent disability and restore security in the country’s most vulnerable communities.
Latin America’s economy is growing, but low investment investment in the region threatens to slow poverty reductions, a top U.N. official said this week.
The state of press freedom is getting worse, say two organizations that advocate for journalists, regardless of whether journalists are working in repressive regimes or democratic countries. Governments around the world are finding new ways to censor and suppress journalism, the Committee to Protect Journalists warns in a report that echoes finding earlier issued by Reporters Without Borders.
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and leaving 3.5 million without homes. Now two years later, after an impressive immediate response and declarations by the government to “build back better,” development workers are saying the recovery process has stalled, especially in rural areas.
The famine in South Sudan, unlike those created by drought in other parts of East Africa, is man-made. Anywhere from 100,000 to nearly 300,000 people in the region are believed to be facing starvation due to an ongoing civil war. The conflict has forced them to flee their communities, leaving behind crops or livestock, to hide in areas lacking food, and sometimes even water.
According to the latest statistics from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Colombia has the most internally displaced persons (IDP) in the world, with more than 6 million individuals — more than 13 percent of the national population — registered as of last year. As Colombia begins the implementation of its newly achieved peace deal, many experts have highlighted the urgent need to reintegrate millions of the country’s displaced people and refugees.
The U.N. again warned that as many as 20 million people are at risk of famine in Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. Warnings in February were not enough to raise the money needed to prevent a global hunger crisis. So, new attempts are being made to convince donor countries to do more.