Red Cross warns of food crisis in North Korea as crops fail in heat

 A heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, “with potentially catastrophic effects”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies... Read more »

Worked like slaves? Many forced labour victims ‘underworked’ in debt bondage trap

Victims of forced labour are not always “worked like slaves” but underworked as slavemasters often take on more workers than they need and profit by charging them for accommodation and food in... Read more »

Yemen close to famine after port offensive, aid groups warn

Yemen is close to famine after a 25-percent increase in levels of severe hunger this year and an offensive on the main port city of Hodeida, a lifeline for millions, humanitarian organisations... Read more »

Failure to educate girls could cost world $30 trillion | 132 million girls worldwide aged 6 to 17 do not attend school

Failing to let girls finish their education could cost the world as much as $30 trillion in lost earnings and productivity, yet more than 130 million girls are out of school globally,... Read more »

U.S. photographer Brian McCarty wants you to see the horrors of war, but through the eyes of a child.

There is no blood or mangled bodies. Instead there are pink dolls and blue tanks. A bird from a video game represents bombs falling from the sky. An elephant symbolises a lost... Read more »

Red Cross chief says Myanmar not ready for Rohingya returns

By Zeba Siddiqui Conditions in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state are not ready yet for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled a military crackdown, the head of the... Read more »

Yemen War Impact | It may result up to 1.1 million people being either displaced or trapped within the city

By Mohammed Ghobari Yemen’s Houthis deployed additional forces in the main port city of Hodeidah on Sunday as a Saudi-led military coalition moved closer to the city centre in the largest offensive... Read more »

Plant trees in refugee camps to stop forest loss and conflict, U.N. says

With a record 69 million people driven from their homes by war and persecution, the United Nations on Wednesday urged countries hosting large numbers of refugees to plant more trees as deforestation... Read more »

Yemeni civilians shelter in schools from air strikes in battle for major port

The Saudi-led coalition resumed air strikes on Iran-aligned Houthi fighters holed up in the airport of Yemen’s main port Hodeidah on Monday as civilians fled in search of shelter from the biggest... Read more »

Kenya’s ‘budget for the rich’ pushes poor to the brink – campaigners

A few miles from the resplendence of Kenya’s Parliament House where the finance minister delivered his budget on Thursday, Deborah Mwandagina, deputy principal of a primary school in Nairobi’s Mukuru slum, is... Read more »

‘Leave now, pay later’ migration scams lure Somali teens to their deaths

 When Hanab Ahmed’s 18-year-old son Mohammed did not come home for lunch or answer his phone, she feared that he – like several other teenagers who had disappeared from their neighbourhood –... Read more »

Poverty forces Syrian refugee children into work

When 13-year-old Mounir fled Syria for Lebanon with his family after surviving a rocket strike that nearly killed them, he thought he would be safe. In fact, he had swapped one form... Read more »