As hunger spreads in Somalia, babies start to die

With global focus on Ukraine, aid agencies are desperate to attract attention to a calamity they say is shaping up to be comparable to Somalia’s 2011 famine. More than a quarter of a million people died then, mostly children under five. DOLLOW, Somalia – Hacked-off thorn branches encircle two mounds of earth heaped over the … Read more

Army men convicted in 2010 killing of activist ‘but it’s tragic that people have to die’

MANILA, Philippines – A court in Bacolod convicted for murder and ruling to reclusion perpetua two Army intelligence officers for the killing of Negros activist Benjamin Bayles in June 2010, a bittersweet result for his lawyers. The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), who represented Bayles, said “it’s a tragedy that people have to die … Read more

‘I didn’t want to die on the road’

Mariupol, once a city of 400,000 people, has been almost completely flattened by prolonged Russian bombardment aimed at breaking the resistance of the city’s Ukrainian defenders It took two days of searching under heavy shelling before twin sisters Hanna and Anastasiya Hrechkina from Mariupol managed to find a ride out of the city. “I lost … Read more