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Seven ways women and girls are especially vulnerable during emergencies

I always sort of had an idea that women and girls living in extreme poverty suffered a bit more than men from disasters like war, a flood, an earthquake or a drought — it just seems logical, if you think about it. But I had no idea how much more acutely they feel pain from […]

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Three ways science is gaining ground in the fight against HIV/AIDS

It’s been 30 years since “AIDS” first was mentioned in a publication by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, in just the past few years, cutting-edge scientific advancements have enabled many people worldwide to protect themselves and their loved ones from contracting this crushing disease. Some advancements have taken root quickly in developing […]

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DROUGHT: Horn of Africa

This blog was originally posted on Food for the Hungry’s Emergency Response Unit blog.  To view this article in its original format, please visit:http://fhrelief.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/horn-of-africa-drought/   It was imminent. The periods between droughts in east Africa had been growing shorter and shorter. The rains have failed, again, barely two years since the skies dried up.Just as […]

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In Northern Kenya, healthier animals = healthier people

Many of the families suffering from the extreme food crisis in the Horn of Africa are families whose lives depend on their animals (read more about this in our last Poverty 180 blog post). Healthier animals mean healthier people, and in this period of extreme want, keeping the animals alive is top priority. Education can come […]

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UN alerts the world to the ‘Triangle of Death’ in Africa

This article was originally published by Mission Network News.  To view the article in its original format, please visit: http://mnnonline.org/article/15992.   Somalia (MNN) – The United Nations is calling the regions of Somalia, Ethiopia and Northern Kenya the “Triangle of Death.” Due to their proximity to one another, these countries are all dealing with similar severe drought […]

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How to save lives during extreme drought: Give water to the animals

Today, the United Nations declared famine in parts of the Horn of Africa — resulting from the past few years of unpredictable weather and extreme drought. There hasn’t been an official famine since 1984-85. One of the ways FH is helping save lives in this region is by caring for the animals on which so many people […]

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Holding out for justice in the Congo

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?     Micah 6:8 The Bible is riddled with examples of God’s love for justice and his commands for his people to “do justice” throughout their […]

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Celebrating the world’s newest country, South Sudan

It’s going to be one epic party tomorrow as the people of South Sudan bask in their new-found, long-awaited freedom. A tribeswoman prepares for the July 9 celebrations (photo from International Business Times) Some eight million will be celebrating in South Sudan itself, with thousands more spread across the world — refugees who fled their homes during the two-decades-long […]

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Caring for the vulnerable children of AIDS victims

For every person infected with HIV, there are family members affected by the virus and everything that comes with it. The hopelessness and stigma touch many more than just the person carrying the virus. In Ethiopia, FH serves more than 2,000 AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. It is all too common for children to lose […]

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History doesn’t have to dictate the future

In rural Ethiopia, FH helps children born into extreme poverty break free from the cycle and write a new story for themselves and their communities. Here’s a story about one child who broke free…. Story by FH staff member Eileen O’Gorman In the town of Belo Jeginfoy, in a western region of Ethiopia resides a group of […]

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