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The world's ten hungriest countries

Worldwide, 815 million people still go hungry — a staggering figure that translates into one out of nine people. While global hunger levels have declined by 27% since 2000, according to the 2017 Global Hunger Index, 45% of deaths of children under five are linked to malnutrition. The report, released by Concern Worldwide, German aid agency Welthungerhilfe, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), highlights massive food inequality around the globe.

10. TIMOR-LESTE

People power brings clean water to Central African Republic

When armed fighters came to Julien Dieudonné’s* village, he fled into the bush with his family. They lived in hiding for three months, foraging for food to survive.

Julien lives in Kouango in Central African Republic (CAR), a region decimated by conflict. Recently, soldiers attacked villages in the area, burning nearly 500 homes to the ground and forcing the population to flee for their lives.

A SCARCE RESOURCE

Why they ran: Stories from the front lines of the Rohingya crisis

Since August 25, more than 500,000 Rohingya have fled brutal violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, crossing the border into Bangladesh. The journey is difficult — though the distance is relatively small, many of those fleeing are children, elderly, or injured. Even those in good health often arrive traumatized by the things they have seen.

Off the Grid: The Central African Republic

KEY FACTS:

  • Slightly smaller than the state of Texas, Central African Republic (CAR) has a population of 4.6 million people
  • The majority of the population is Christian, with a Muslim minority community
  • Natural resources include: diamonds, uranium, timber, gold, and oil
  • More than 85% of the population is quite literally “off the grid” — lacking electricity
  • As of 2016, life expectancy was just under 52 years

Concern responds to worsening Rohingya crisis

Up to 400,000 Rohingya have crossed the border of Myanmar into Bangladesh since August 25, fleeing ethnic violence in Rakhine State in the country’s southwest. That’s more than a third of the country’s Rohingya population of roughly 1.1 million people.

Sierra Leone Mudslides — Ebola heroes step up once again

When Ebola broke out in Sierra Leone, it spread quickly through the country’s capital, Freetown, killing thousands. Cemeteries and morgues were overwhelmed. The government needed assistance, and Concern was asked to step in and help manage burial teams. When Kingtom cemetery in the west end of Freetown became full, Concern built a new one in Waterloo, located about 20 miles east of Freetown.

TWO TRAGEDIES, ONE RESTING PLACE

Women, water & the cycle of poverty

Collectively, women and girls spend 200 million hours fetching water every day. That’s according to a recent UNICEFstudy, which also characterized the figure as a “colossal waste of time.”

Somalia's "long rains" do nothing to shorten drought

LIVING ON A “KNIFE-EDGE”

Somalia has four seasons: two rainy (Gu and Deyr) and two dry (Jilaal and Hagaa). This year’s Jilaal, which lasts from December to March, was hotter and drier than normal, putting increasing pressure on dwindling water resources. A post-Jilaal evaluation showed elevated risk of extreme hunger.

What's going on in South Sudan?

It’s hard to ignore the numbers: more than 50,000 killed, more than three million forced to flee their homes, and millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. It’s stunning to observe South Sudan’s decline from an American foreign-policy success story to a country on the verge of collapse, so soon after its 2011 independence — and largely out of the spotlight.

AN UNPRECEDENTED CRISIS

World’s Response To Haiti A 'Disgrace' Says Concern CEO

MacSorley, who was recently in Haiti working alongside the Concern team as they distribute essential aid, urged donors around the world to “wake up” and meet the UN’s flash appeal for $120 million after it emerged that only 20 percent has so far been donated nearly two weeks since the disaster.

Speaking from Haiti — where 1.4 million need immediate aid and the death toll continues to rise — MacSorley said, “Nobody should be dying for a lack of money."

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