Haoua Ousmane*, 40, has 8 children and fled from the island of Kaiga in Lake Chad when Boko Haram invaded their village. Credit: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam *name changed

Blog: Silent starvation in Chad's Lake Region

Deprived of their livelihoods due to regional conflict, 335,000 people are on the edge of starvation in Chad. This powerful film documents the story of Adoum and Hadjara, who lost their 6 year-old child due to malnutrition.

Photo of Aisha happily waving a bundle of cash.

Blog: A cash lifeline in Yemen

Aisha tells me she’s 100 years old and things have never been so bad. Deep lines etch her weathered face and I can only imagine the harsh life she must have led.

Beneficiary of Oxfam's cash distribution program waiting to receive identity card. Photo: Wolfgang Gressmann/Oxfam

Blog: Tweet this: Yemen on brink of hunger catastrophe [audio slideshow]

The Friends of Yemen conference taking place today offers a critical opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of ordinary Yemenis. Yemen is facing a severe humanitarian crisis with 10 million people - 44 percent of the population - without enough food to eat. Millions of people are unable to afford to feed their families, and are being driven deeper in poverty.

Please help us raise the visibility of this crisis today by sending messages about Yemen on twitter and sharing this blog to your social networks.

Photo: Ambiyo and her three triplets, recovering after treatment at the SAACID center.

Blog: Somalia: Survival and triplets in the midst of famine

Oxfam's partner SAACID treats malnourished children in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

“My son Ahmed has been sick for five months, but he became very weak in the last month. I really don’t know exactly what is wrong with him, but I think the problem is linked to hunger. This nutrition center is extremely important for us. Without it, hundreds of children would have already died from malnutrition.”

Community water tank, Waridaad village, Somaliland. Photo: Alun McDonald/Oxfam

Blog: The effects of drought in East Africa: 7.5 liters of water per person per day

After nearly 11 months without a drop of rain, all of the traditional water sources in Waridaad village, Somaliland, dried up. Oxfam partners Havoyoco have been trucking in clean water every day. The water is pumped into these community tanks, from where each family queues up to fill their jerrycans.

Blog: Pakistan: The difficulties in building back better (3/3)

This is the third installment of Alex Renton's diary from his recent visit to Pakistan, where the effects of the floods are still being felt more than 8 months later.

Blog: Pakistan : "Une forme d'agriculture qui se nourrit de la pauvreté" (3/3)

Le journaliste Alex Renton s'est rendu au Pakistan sept mois après les inondations qui ont frappé le pays. Sur place, il a pu constater les conséquences dramatiques de l'une des pires catastrophes naturelles, qui a laissé plus de 20 millions de personnes dans un complet dénuement.

Les villageois de Ko Kaina mangent les petits pois amers Anza lorsqu’il ne leur reste rien d’autre.

Blog: Niger: La crise alimentaire vue de près – 2e partie

Lire la 1ère partie : Kirsty Hughes raconte ses impressions de la capitale, parle avec un fonctionnaire dans la petite ville d’Oullam et apprend les effets pervers de la pluie au village de Tondi Kiwindi.

Nous traversons le désert en voiture jusqu’au village encore plus petit de Ko Kaina. Ici la situation est complètement désespérante. Les villageois nous parlent de la famine. Ils doutent qu’ils puissent survivre jusqu’en automne.

Bovins dans le village de Dabré, près de Ouallam au Niger.

Blog: Niger: La crise alimentaire vue de près – 1ère partie

La situation en ville et à la campagne

The villagers of Ko Kaina eat the bitter Anza berries when there is nothing else left.

Blog: Assessing the situation in Niger – part 2

Read the first part: Kirsty Hughes' impressions from the capital Niamey, talks with an official in the town of Ouallam, and the ironic effects of rain in the village of Tondi Kiwindi.

We drive across the desert to a smaller village called Ko Kaina. The situation we find here is utterly desperate – the villagers talk to us of famine and question whether they can survive to the autumn.


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