A decade of Jacob Zuma has made South Africans more desperate but also more wary of politics and receptive to Siya Kolisi's brand of sincere, lived-in pragmatism, writes Cecelia Balfour.
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More than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa have anti-homosexuality laws, although others have moved toward legal tolerance, watchdogs say.
The United Nations says that $1.4 billion is needed this year alone to help the nearly two million people who have fled war and famine in South Sudan.
Somalia's drought is threatening three million lives, according to the UN In recent months. Aid agencies have been scaling up their efforts but they say more support is urgently needed to prevent the crisis from worsening.
Somalia's prime minister says 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region as a severe drought threatens millions of people.
Thousands of desperate people are streaming into Somalia's capital seeking food as a result of a prolonged drought, overwhelming local and international aid agencies.
Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation.
Five million Somalis, or more than two out of five people in the country, do not have enough to eat, the UN says, calling for extra funds for food aid.
War-torn Somalia remains in a “critical” state four years after a devastating famine, the UN says, noting a sharp rise in those needing food aid.
War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency just short of famine, the UN says.
Historically low rainfalls have led to severe droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But various solutions exist to mitigate the social and economic impact, writes The Conversation.
Somalia, hit by drought and on the verge of famine, will count 1.4 million acutely malnourished children by the end of the year, up from late 2016, the UN says.
The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has landed in Somalia on what he calls an emergency visit to focus on famine.
Nearly half of South Sudan's population could be severely food insecure and at risk of death in the coming months because of the avoidable acts of civil war in a land of plenty, writes Andrew Edward Tchie.
Four-year-old Safia Adan lies in Baidoa Regional Hospital in southern Somalia with a tube through her nose. She is suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration.
With very little rain in the last weeks and none expected for two months, more than 17 million people face hunger in the Horn of Africa, the UN food agency says.
The number of people going hungry in eastern Africa is rising dramatically, especially in drought-hit Ethiopia, the United Nations says amid conflict as well as floods and failed rains due to El Nino.
The United Nations has reported alarming rates of malnutrition in the Somali capital where aid agencies cannot meet the needs of 350 000 people.
More than 850 000 people in Somalia are in desperate need of food and “in crisis and emergency conditions”, the director of the UN humanitarian operations says.
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