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A shepherd with his flock on Gouraye road, Mauritania

A shepherd with his flock on Gouraye road, Mauritania

Taken on 2016-04-11

Remote and vast area of southern Mauritania, Guidimakha has been for a long time confronted with chronic poverty and high food insecurity levels. Lack of rain, shortfalls in agricultural production and difficult access to essential food items, have led to an extreme vulnerability of populations. In addition, the region is deeply afflicted by chronic malnutrition, with rates exceeding the thresholds set by the World Health Organisation. In response to this situation, the European Commission Humanitarian Department (ECHO) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) are jointly supporting organizations such as Action Against Hunger (AAH), in the implementation of a project devoted to prevent, treat and reduce acute malnutrition. Nutritional and medical follow-up, information on good health and nutrition practices, are accessible for more than 45 000 children aged 6 to 59 months, nearly 65 000 women of childbearing age and 4,670 pregnant and lactating women. Awareness-raising activities are carried out, through community agents, but also through theatre groups. Moreover, all Guidimakha health structures are benefitting from the deployment of personnel to support on-site medical staff, as well as trainings to continuously improve the children’s follow-up, all with the aim of making the fight against malnutrition more effective.

Source: European Commission DG ECHO

Uploaded by Ruth-Anne Hurst on 2016-04-11

Scenes from The Yemeni Civil War; Mar - Jun 2015

Scenes from The Yemeni Civil War; Mar - Jun 2015

Taken on 2015-06-25 *

The images presented in this photo report capture scenes of devastation and human suffering caused by the ongoing Civil War in Yemen. The plight of ordinary Yemeni civilians has worsened in recent months due to the introduction of air-strikes, which began on March 26 2015, conducted by Saudi Arabia and a coalition of nine Arab states, and the intensification of the civil war between forces loyal to the internationally recognized but contested President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on one side, and a coalition of Houthi forces and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the other side. The Saudi-led intervention supports forces loyal to the Hadi government. The combination of airstrikes and ground warfare has made the supply of critical aid to civilians extremely difficult. The UN estimates that 13 million in Yemen require immediate assistance. Due to the extensive violence, citizens of Yemen are unable to obtain the necessary aid.

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross/Youtube

Uploaded by Taylor on 2015-08-22

Queuing for Food

Queuing for Food

Taken on 2009-05-21

Men queue at a food distribution point in Swabi, Pakistan.

Source: Al Jazeera English

Uploaded by mfa1988 on 2014-02-10