Eastern Africa



Wrecked boats in Obock, Djibouti

Photo by IOM, Olivia Headon

The odds of survival were stacked against seven-year-old Amara* when she was trapped in a sinking boat controlled by smugglers off the coast of Djibouti. Amara was among at least 60 migrants and refugees who were attempting to return from Yemen to Read more


Tanzanian authorities have suspended Talib Ussi Hamad, a journalist with the Daima daily newspaper, for six months simply for reporting on COVID-19, the latest in a string of attacks on the right to freedom of expression, access to information and Read more


Locust in Somali region of Ethiopia

Photo - FAO / Petterik Wiggers

The infestation in Kenya is the worst in 70 years, while Somalia and Ethiopia are experiencing their worst outbreaks in 25 years, putting crop production, food security and millions of lives at risk. Read more

Eastern Africa

Rawda Yusuf, who fled to Chad in 2005, has returned to a camp for internally displaced people in Sudan, but she longs for home itself

Picture: UNHCR / Modesta Ndubi

It’s been 15 years since armed raiders forced Rawda Yusuf’s family to flee to Chad from their village in Sudan’s North Darfur State. Since then, home has dominated her thoughts but returning has not been easy. Her ordeal began one afternoon during Read more


Ethiopians undertaking the perilous journey by boat across the Red Sea or Gulf of Aden face exploitation and torture in Yemen by a network of trafficking groups, according to Human Rights Watch. They also encounter abusive prison conditions in Saudi Read more