Malians protest against sanctions  imposed  by the Economic Community of West African States. File photograph: EPA

A group of 13 prominent non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have warned that new sanctions on Mali could have a “devastating impact” on a country wh(...)

Taliban forces check people on a roadside checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. Due to a humanitarian and socio-economic crisis, the EU promised €1 billion in emergency aid to Afghanistan during the G20 virtual summit this week. Photograph: EPA/Stringer

When it comes to dealing with the Taliban, the world has no good options. To establish a working relationship, even a limited one, with the violent ex(...)

Migrants rescued off the coast of Khoms, about 120km east of the capital, Tripoli, in February. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Refugees and migrants in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, are appealing for help after at least 5,000 – including torture survivors, pregnant women and ch(...)

 Refugees fleeing Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict are transferred by bus from the border reception centre to Um Raquba refugee camp after they crossed the border in Hamdayit, eastern Sudan. Photograph:  Yasuyoshi Chiba

As the war in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, hits the six-month mark, aid workers are warning that mass rapes are being used as a weapon to terrify civili(...)

Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio receives the Covid-19 vaccine  at the State House in Freetown on Monday. Photograph: Sally Hayden

More than half of African countries have now received Covid-19 vaccines, through a mixture of direct donations from countries such as China, Russia, I(...)

Mike Pompeo:  said  the terrorist designation would give the US “additional tools” to pile pressure on Iran, which has supported Houthi rebels. Photograph:  Tami Chappell/AFP)  via Getty Images

Aid agencies have sharply criticised the Trump administration’s decision to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels a terrorist organisation, warning it will(...)

 A girl reacts as she waits to get a school bag provided by a local aid group, Mona Relief Yemen, at a public school in Sana’a, Yemen. Mona Relief Yemen has distributed school bags to encourage girls to keep attending classes as the number of out-of-school children is estimated at more than two million. Photograph: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Yemen is the country most at risk of humanitarian catastrophe in the coming year, according to a report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). (...)

Syrian children in the south of Idlib prvoince at a camp for the displaced near the border with Turkey last year.  Ireland allocated more than  than €25m  to the Syria crisis in 2019. File photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty Images

State spending on overseas development aid rose by nearly 10 per cent in 2019 with the Government set to increase spending by an additional €21 mil(...)

 Family members wearing  PPE suits carry the remains of an elderly  relative who died from  Covid-19  at a graveyard in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph:  EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Confirmed coronavirus cases on the African continent are expected to hit one million this week, with experts raising concerns about the lack of testin(...)

Yongo Lydia (29), a refugee from Juba, South Sudan. She described her journey to Uganda in three words: ‘trauma, pain, tears.’ Photograph: Christine Onzia Wani

For hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda debating whether to stay put or return home, a new series of potentially deadly conside(...)

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