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Yemeni children suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on August 12, 2017.
A cholera outbreak has claimed the lives of some 2,000 Yemenis in less than four months. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

As Cholera-Wracked Yemen Starves, Saudis Paint Rosy Picture of Their Relief Efforts

Aid organizations, rights groups, and lawmakers have slammed Riyadh’s obstruction of aid deliveries.

170831-N-KL846-150 VIDOR, Texas (Aug. 31, 2017) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Jansen Schamp, a native of Denver, Colorado and assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, rescues two dogs at Pine Forrest Elementary School, a shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds. The mission resulted in the rescue of seven adults, seven children and four dogs. U.S. Fleet Forces Command  sent personnel and assets to bolster Northern Command's support of FEMA's assistance to federal, state and local authorities ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)

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Two puppies rescued from the flood.

A Syrian man and his children carry sacks of wheat and aid, provided by the World Food Programme (WFP), in Kafr Batna, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 1, 2016.
Aid workers made the first delivery of desperately needed assistance since the start of Syria's fragile ceasefire, as an international task force met to try to bolster the truce. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY        (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Taxpayers Are Helping Bashar Al-Assad in a Strategic City

While U.S. and U.N. provide humanitarian relief to Deir Ezzor, Syria starves civilians in opposition towns.


Somalia’s Land is Dying. The People Will Be Next.

Images from the front lines of Africa's battle with climate change.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks along with his daughter Ivanka during a video conference with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station in the Oval Office at the White House April 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump Wants to Highlight the Humanitarian Crises Her Father Ignores

Aid advocates voice concern that State Department experts are being sidelined in first daughter’s foreign-policy debut.

Displaced Iraqis, who fled their homes following an offensive led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, collect boxes of food donated by the World Food Program (WFP) in the southern city of Basra on October 2, 2014.  United Nations agencies are running out of funding to help the 1.8 million people displaced by violence in Iraq, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said.  AFP PHOTO/HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI        (Photo credit should read HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. to Put Trump Appointee at Head of World Food Program to Help Stave Off U.S. Cuts

U.N. officials hope former South Carolina governor, David Beasley, can persuade his D.C. friends to spare the food agency from the White House budget axe.

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U.N. Warns Yemen Could Be on Brink of Famine

The crisis comes as the United States weighs sharp cuts to U.N. humanitarian aid programs

TOPSHOT - Syrian pro-regime fighters, gesture as they drive past residents fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, in Aleppo's Fardos neighbourhood on December 13, 2016, after regime troops retook the area from rebel fighters. 
Syrian rebels withdrew from six more neighbourhoods in their one-time bastion of east Aleppo in the face of advancing government troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP / STRINGER        (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Can U.N. Monitors Stop the Slaughter in Aleppo?

The U.N. voted to send monitors to Aleppo. But some fear such moves could be too little, too late.


In Brussels, The Mayor of Eastern Aleppo Makes His Last Diplomatic Stand

As the noose tightens around civilians in the besieged Syrian city.


The Cease-Fire in Syria Is, For Now, Back On

Failed ceasefires have become a common occurrence in Syria. The latest deal could be the last best hope for civilians and embattled rebels — if it holds.


The Coming Humanitarian Crisis in Mosul, by the Numbers

Iraqi forces are on the cusp of liberating Mosul from the Islamic State. And the international community is bracing for impact.

Internally displaced children displaced to a camp in Dibaga sub district in Erbil Governorate in Kurdistan, Iraqi Kurdistan on 27 September 2016.  (Photo by Noe Falk Nielsen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Civilians in Mosul Face ‘Impossible Choice’

The Iraqi Army’s push to retake the northern city could trigger a vast humanitarian crisis and fuel the country’s deep sectarian divide.

Palestinian children hold posters of Mohammed Halabi (C), the Gaza director of World Vision, a major US-based Christian NGO, during a protest to support him in Gaza City on August 7, 2016.
Israel charged Halabi with having diverted millions of dollars in foreign aid to the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas and its armed wing.
The Shin Bet internal security service said $7.2 million (6.5 million euros) given to World Vision had been diverted to Hamas each year, with some of it funding the Gaza Strip rulers' military campaign against Israel. / AFP / MAHMUD HAMS        (Photo credit should read )

Israel’s ‘Unfair’ Trial: Suspected Hamas Agent Isn’t Getting Due Process, Says Amnesty

The Gaza director of a high-profile charity allegedly transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas.


Pakistan Has Lost Its ‘Angel of Mercy’

Abdul Sattar Edhi was his country’s greatest living hero. Here’s hoping that his legacy persists in the hands of a new generation of humanitarians.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) applauds on May 23, 2016 during the World Humanitarian Summit family photo session in Istanbul.
The over 60 heads of state and government gathered for the two-day summit convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will have to defeat considerable scepticism that the event will turn into a well-intentioned but fruitless talking shop.
 / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Why the World Humanitarian Summit Meeting in Turkey Really Does Matter

John Norris told Foreign Policy readers that the Istanbul conference would be irrelevant. It wasn’t.

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