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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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