Mehret Yemane from Sudan now living in Portarlington, Co Laois, has undergone female genital mutilation. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Mehret Yemane was an infant the first time her vagina was cut with a razor blade. By the age of 10, she had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) (...)

In a major coup for Dublin, Marija Aslimoska of Parfumarija has secured the rights to sell products from one of the oldest and most famous pharmacies in the world, Santa Maria Novella in Florence

Florentine Fragrances In a major coup for Dublin, Marija Aslimoska of Parfumarija in the Westbury Centre has secured the rights to sell the fragrance(...)

MagGrow chief executive Gary Wickham: “We have to find better, more sustainable ways.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

MagGrow is a magnetic spraying technology that helps farmers grow more by using less. The system, which has been three years in development, gives bet(...)

Migrants and refugees disembark from a Maltese coast guard patrol vessel after being rescued at sea. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images

Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières has announced it will resume its search, rescue and medical aid operations in the Mediterranean Sea between Africa(...)

A new book called Slow Fashion highlights the growing importance of sustainable fashion worldwide

SILK TO LOUNGE AROUND IN The Irish-based silk boutique Ethical Silk, founded by Eva Power, has just launched a new loungewear range made with eco-f(...)

US marines arrive at the Gulf of Tadjoura beach in Djibouti, during a military drill. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty

Djibouti is the only place where the navies of the world’s great military and economic rivals, the US and China, are moored alongside each other. Si(...)

Livestock such as these goats and cows, being shepherded by 10-year-old Saba, increasingly struggle to survive. Photograph: James Jeffrey
Ethiopia’s new drought
  • Africa
  • February 27, 2016, 06:00

In a health clinic run by the Catholic Daughters of Saint Anne in the arid north Ethiopian region of Tigray, a nurse wraps a tape measure around the u(...)

Zimbabwean children watch as their mother collects water from a communal tap in Harare. El Niño is hitting the production of staple foods in affected regions, including maize, rice and wheat. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Nearly one million children need treatment for severe malnutrition in eastern and southern Africa due to drought that is putting millions more at ris(...)

Firm friends: Robel Shiferaw, Mesay Tekalign and Wendm Niku at Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Kimmage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Wendm Niku first met Robel Shiferaw at an English- language exam in the British Council in Addis Ababa. Both men had applied for an Irish Aid scholar(...)

A toddler is held up to the camera in this still image taken from video said to be shot in Madaya on January 5, 2016.

The people of Madaya have temporary respite now. They can eat. They can enjoy the small pleasures in life like simply putting sugar in their tea. Thes(...)