Still in Crisis: Five Humanitarian Disasters that Deserve Our Attention

Northern Ethiopia

The crisis in northern Ethiopia remains one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. In Tigray alone, more than 90 percent of people need aid. USAID partner the World Food Program distributed food to people in the hard-to-access rural area of Adi Millen, where the nearest town is over 35 kilometers away. Photo: WFP
Last year, USAID provided more than 400,000 metric tons of food assistance in northern Ethiopia, aiming to reach an estimated 5.2 million people. However, prolonged systematic obstruction by the Government of Ethiopia, and ongoing conflict prevented food assistance from reaching those in need at the scale needed to avert dire food insecurity. Photos: WFP, World Vision


A child walks through the Al Gamalia neighborhood of Taiz, a city in southwestern Yemen. This location is just two kilometer from the current frontline that divides the city today. Photo: Giles Clarke/UN OCHA
(Left) Two-months old Abdullah is held by nurse Fazal before being weighed and measured. He suffers from severe acute malnutrition and is the youngest of nine children. (Right) A displaced women takes water from a IOM-donated container in a recently-built IDP settlement near Marib. Many of these recently-displaced residents escaped fighting in the hills to the west of Marib and arrived in the last few months of 2020. Photos: Giles Clarke/UN OCHA


USAID partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has resumed the provision of health services to vulnerable Afghans in Herat, Kandahar, Nimroz & Ghor. This includes trauma care, COVID response, mental health services, and reproductive, maternal and child care. Photo: IOM
The conflict in Afghanistan continues to have a devastating impact on women and children. According to the UN, since the start of this year, 550 Afghan children have been killed and 1,400 injured. Photo: UNICEF

Horn of Africa

Drought affected livestock walk to a river side in Adadle district, Biyolow Kebele in Somali region of Ethiopia. Photo: Michael Tewelde/WFP
(Left) In Kenya, where recurrent drought makes access to water an ongoing challenge, USAID partner World Vision constructed automated water kiosks (water ATMs) to help provide safe water. Photo: World Vision. (Right) USAID has partnered with UNICEF to support humanitarian programs in drought-affected communities, such as this child friendly space at the Kabasa IDP camp in Dolow, Somalia. Photo: Ismail Taxta/UNICEF


Women are seen outside a tent at a camp for people displaced from Dayr Az Zawr and its surroundings, near the town of al-Arishah in the northeastern Syrian province of Al Hasakah. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
(Left) After 11 years of civil war, humanitarian needs in Syria have never been higher. 14.6 million people inside Syria need assistance, the highest number since the conflict started. Photo: UN OCHA (Right) USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance is supporting the UN World Food Program (WFP) and NGO partners to provide emergency food assistance to 5.5 million people inside Syria and 1.1 million refugees across Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey every month. Photo: WFP



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