Ibrahim Talal, from Syria, on Agamy Beach, Alexandria: “This is not where I want to be.” Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union/Echo

“This,” says Ibrahim Talal, sweeping his hand in a dismissive gesture that takes in the teeming high-rise of Alexandria, a city of five million crushe(...)

Displaced people wait for rations in Bria, Central African Republic. About half the country’s 4.6 million citizens are undernourished. Photograph: Cassandra Vinograd/Washington Post/Getty Images

The number of hungry people in the world “remains unacceptably high” with millions still experiencing chronic hunger and many places suffering from ac(...)

Migrants at a detention centre in Zawiyah, Libya, in 2015: there are claims Rome has been paying off Libyan warlords and militias linked to people-traffickers. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

Italian officials have reported sharp falls in the numbers of migrants and refugees travelling to their shores from Libya across the central Mediterra(...)

Refugees: A worrying education gap

Wars, conflict and persecution have in the past five years forced more people than at any other time since records began to flee their homes and seek (...)

Relatives of 21 victims of the Colombian civil war mourn during a ceremony in which they wake the remains of their loved ones, recently found in different mass graves, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia, on August 18, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / JOAQUIN SARMIENTOJOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/Getty Images

As the final stocks of rebel arms were loaded onto a lorry in northern Colombia last week, President Juan Manuel Santos declared it the “last breath” (...)

Muhammad Mahmoud (17), from Ballycullen in Dublin 24, with his mother Dr Ayda Elkhalifa. The Ashfield College is one of 13 students nationally to  score eight grade ones at higher level.

A Dublin teenager who was born in Saudi Arabia is one of 13 students to secure the highest marks in the country. Muhammad Mahmoud (17), from Ballycul(...)

A picture taken on June 9, 2017 shows a woman displaced by Ethiopia’s drought walking with a branch at a displaced persons camp in Werder. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS STEIN

We have heard the warnings before, but the threats posed by the current famine emergency gripping vast areas of East Africa remain as stark and as mer(...)

Women and children at an IDP settlement 60km south of the town of Gode, reachable only along a dirt track through the desiccated landscape. Photograph: James Jeffrey

Fourteen kilometres outside the Ethiopian town of Gode, a group of women with bands of dusty children clutching their dresses point to a patch of grou(...)

Turkana women carry dead animals they lost due to a biting drought that has ravaged livestock population in nothern Kenya. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Why has it been so hard to get public attention focused on the humanitarian crisis in east Africa, where millions are at risk of starvation? It is no(...)

Sr Anne Carr, a Medical Missionary of Mary sister,  took Bono  on a tour of a  hospital in Lilongwe in Malawi. “I said he was my nephew because strangers weren’t allowed in the hospital.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Rolling Stones may have had Sister Morphine but U2’s preference is for the altogether more savoury Sr Anne. A Medical Missionary of Mary, Sr Anne (...)