The number of deaths caused by mudslides in Sierra Leone has surpassed 400, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Representatives from UNICEF and the World Food Programme are in the country to deliver aid to survivors and "the scale of the damage is unprecedented," says UNICEF representative Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim.
As aid workers around the globe prepare to mark World Humanitarian Day on Saturday, governments must begin more strictly enforcing rules to protect those delivering lifesaving assistance during times of conflict, write Stephen O'Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council. "Wars have rules. It is time to enforce these rules," they write.
Spain lacks the resources to support the high numbers of refugees and migrants who make their way across the Mediterranean each day, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The International Organization for Migration has warned that more refugees may try to reach Spain as an alternative to Italy.
Lawmakers in El Salvador have struck down a law allowing men to marry underage girls if they had impregnated them -- a move UNICEF says is an important step toward change. "This is a cultural question that has roots in the discriminatory, patrimonial practices facing girls in ... El Salvador," says UNICEF's Maria de Mejia.
Ethiopia's deepening drought is killing off livestock that many families rely on for milk, driving the number of people in urgent need of food aid from 5.6 million in January to 8.5 million currently. "If we don't act now, hunger and malnutrition will only get worse among [herding] communities," says Food and Agriculture Organization representative Abdoul Karim Bah.
Saudi-led coalition forces were responsible for more than half of civilian casualties in Yemen last year, and nearly three-quarters of attacks on schools and hospitals, according to a United Nations report. A total of 502 Yemeni children were killed and 838 wounded in attacks last year, the report says.
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