At first glance, it looked like movie night at the neighborhood mosque. Dozens of teenage boys sat mesmerized on the carpeted floor, staring at a screen mounted on the wall.
CNN's Arwa Damon speaks to BackStory after returning from Homs, a Syrian city ground down by relentless shelling.
Distribution of food, seed and medical relief intended for drought victims in Somalia has been suspended, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced Thursday.
Thousands of fighters attacked a remote town in South Sudan despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers in the area, a military official said Sunday.
A man who was fired by an international aid group in Somalia this week returned to the office and shot dead two aid workers, a government official and the aid agency said Friday.
An airstrike hit a camp for people displaced by Somalia's humanitarian crisis Sunday, leaving three dead and dozens of people injured, the aid group Doctors Without Borders reported.
Gunmen abducted two workers for the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres from the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya Thursday, agency staff told CNN.
Public health officials say nearly 500 people have died of cholera in Cameroon this month, and 13,000 cases have been reported in the country this year.
A Libyan rebel fighter collapses to the ground during a firefight in the city of Misrata. Shrapnel rips through an artery in his leg, and he is rapidly losing blood. Medics battle to save his life in an abandoned building that doubles as an emergency operating theater.
Bahraini pro-government medics and state media staffers "bullied and intimidated" an Irish delegation of health workers and politicians here to secure the release of more than a dozen Bahraini health workers, said former Irish Foreign Minister David Andrews.
More than 300,000 people are still displaced from their homes in Ivory Coast two months after a political crisis was settled in the West African nation, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday.
Dozens of doctors and nurses went on trial Monday in Bahrain, accused of taking control of a hospital during anti-government protests, storing weapons and keeping people prisoner.
The former editor-in-chief of Al-Wasat, an opposition newspaper in Bahrain, says he and two colleagues have been summoned by the country's public prosecutor for questioning.
Two top human rights groups criticized Bahrain this week, accusing the gulf kingdom of "rampant arbitrary detentions" and raiding hospitals to crack down on wounded protesters.
More than 100 people were killed and scores of others injured in clashes between the Southern Sudan government and forces loyal to a militia leader last week, a Southern Sudan official said.
A New Zealand woman who lost her husband and two daughters to the devastating earthquake sets up a foundation.
Can-Do founder Eric Klein spent most of 2010 in Haiti helping people recover from the devastating earthquake.
At least 33 women were raped on New Year's Day in a region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the medical group Doctors Without Borders Thursday.
Dozens of women were raped in a coordinated attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo on New Year's Day, Doctors Without Borders said Thursday.
From August: The U.N. reportedly knew Rwandan rebels were in eastern Congo, where the rapes took place.
In the 10 weeks since an epidemic erupted in Haiti, cholera has killed more than 3,000 people -- partly because the distribution of health supplies remains a logistical nightmare.
While the United Nations warned that protests were hampering efforts to save lives in the Haiti cholera outbreak, a leading non-profit group lashed out at organizations for what it called an "inadequate" response.
An emergency plea from a humanitarian group working in the largest developing refugee camp in the world, in Dadaab, Kenya, has yielded a donation of enough tents to finally provide shelter to at least 700 families living in "unacceptable" conditions outside the camp compound, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said this week.
Protesters angry over the government's handling of a cholera outbreak clashed Monday with peacekeepers in two towns in northern Haiti, where the outbreak began last month.
The largest refugee camp in the world, in Dadaab, Kenya, is facing an overcrowding crisis with at least 700 families now residing in "unacceptable living conditions" outside the camp and in peril with the approaching rain season, the humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said.
Medical workers expressed alarm Friday over the increase in hospitalizations and deaths in Haiti's cholera outbreak as the earthquake-devastated nation's already strained health system overflowed with the sick.
Hurricane Tomas may be behind them but Haitians are left with more misery. CNN's Paula newton Reports.
Three brothers recuperated Thursday afternoon in a once-open field now speckled by the bright blue tarps of a cholera rehydration clinic in the Haitian town of Bercy, where an outbreak has sickened hundreds of people.
Floodwaters subsided Thursday in northern Pakistan's Swat Valley, where a fierce sun baked a thick carpet of mud into a brittle crust, as officials expanded their estimate of the number of people affected.
Bridges and roads across Pakistan have been severely damaged by flooding. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.
Intense rain and gushing flood waters threatened Wednesday to cause more misery in monsoon-bloated Pakistan, where 3 million people are already suffering.
The prime minister of Pakistan planned an emergency meeting Wednesday, as flooding continues to wreak havoc on the country.
A high proportion of civilians -- including large numbers of women and young children -- suffered injuries during Somalia's ongoing warfare, according to a report by Doctors Without Borders.
More than 3 million people have been directly affected and more than 1,400 have been killed by floods in northwestern Pakistan's Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, an aid group said Tuesday, citing officials.
A desperate situation is growing more desperate by the hour in Pakistan. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.
Standing in the graveyard Rabiu Mohammed prays silently in a cemetery that has filled quickly with small tell-tale mounds of earth.
I know you are really, really upset -- but can you stop crying for a second so we can talk about the fact that Katherine Heigl is finally leaving "Grey's Anatomy?"
Simon Cowell's Haiti charity single gets its first airing in the United Kingdom featuring singers including Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis.
Just two weeks after announcing he was to record a charity single to raise funds for earthquake-hit Haiti, pop and television mogul Simon Cowell has delivered.
The injuries don't appear life-threatening. They could be wounded legs and arms, caused by being pinned under falling debris from the earthquake.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on why crush injuries are turning into the hallmark of the Haiti quake.
Limited runway space and battered telecommunications networks are hindering efforts to get food, water and medical aid into the hands of desperate Haitians amid the devastation of last week's earthquake, relief agencies said Monday.
Desperation for food and water is growing in Haiti. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.
At least one organization attempting to deliver aid to Haiti continued to be plagued Sunday by delays and logistical problems, but aid was getting to those who need it most, officials said.
CNN's Brian Todd reports from the USS Carl Vinson on the logistical problems with supplying aid to Haiti.
More and more mothers, clutching their rail-thin, malnourished children, are arriving at the packed waiting rooms of the Doctor Without Borders clinics in central Somalia, the aid group said.
Humanitarian organizations have been unable to meet the "massive needs" of civilians facing brutal attacks in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a medical aid group said Wednesday.
Why the Brazilian response" to HIV/AIDS is the envy of the global health world.
An estimated 150,000 people live in Complexo do Alemao, where armed groups fight for turf, and fighting between police forces and ruling groups leave thousands of people trapped by violence.
A hundred years ago a Brazilian physician, Carlos Chagas, showed that monkeys were susceptible to a rare parasitic illness carried by a particular Latin American bug.
Humanitarian aid agencies scrambled Monday to offer help to the tens of thousands of people in need after Tamil separatists declared an end to their quarter-century struggle in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka's army says rebel leader may be among bodies killed in war zone.
The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is increasing its humanitarian efforts in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the humanitarian situation has deteriorated since last fall.
Doctors Without Borders has embarked on a massive vaccination campaign in three African countries to combat an outbreak of meningitis that has killed hundreds of people, the organization said Wednesday.
Gunmen attacked a convoy Sunday in Somalia and took several hostages, including two foreign aid workers from the group Doctors Without Borders.
From victims of gunshot wounds and domestic violence to common road injuries, Trinite Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is inundated with trauma cases daily.
The four Doctors Without Borders staffers abducted earlier this week in Sudan's Darfur region have been "safely released," the group said on Saturday.
Three Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) staffers have been abducted in the war-torn Sudanese province of Darfur, the group said Thursday.
A meningitis outbreak is threatening the lives of tens of thousands of people in Darfur, according to an aid agency expelled from the country last week.
Zimbabwe's new prime minister on Sunday called the country's economic situation "dire and serious" and asked the international community for help.
The political crisis that has gripped Zimbabwe for nearly a year may be drawing to an end, but a deadly cholera outbreak there is only getting worse.
Almost 25,000 people will die this year of HIV/AIDS in Myanmar unless lifesaving treatment is significantly increased, according to a new report.
Congolese rebels fought government forces in eastern Congo Thursday on the eve of a regional summit on the crisis and despite a recent cease-fire, U.N. officials said.
Rebel forces have declared a cease-fire after four days of fighting in the North Kivu province of eastern Congo, the French ambassador to the United Nations said after Security Council talks on the unfolding humanitarian crisis.
U.N. peacekeepers struggle to stop rebel fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The farmlands are bursting with grain but the country is still suffering from starvation. Somehow good intentions have brought on perpetual want
Angelina Jolie's visit notwithstanding, the do-good organizations are too cowed by violence to return to Iraq
Carrying blankets and bed sheets on their heads, thousands of refugees fleeing fighting in Chad's capital N'Djamena crossed a drought-stricken river to get to neighboring Cameroon Sunday, local officials and journalists said.
The medical aid charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres, is pulling international staff out of Somalia after three of its members were killed.
A mine exploded Monday on a road in southern Somalia, killing four people -- three members of the medical humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres and a journalist.
Relief officials urgently appealed for more aid Thursday for earthquake survivors along Peru's shattered southern coast. Medical help, blankets and tents top the list, along with food, water and latrines.
Would you believe it if I said that the fearsome homicidal baddie in "Turistas" is the most humane and morally responsible person in the movie?
I am a 44-year-old woman who grew up in Berkeley who has never once voted for a Republican, or crossed a picket line, or failed to send in a small check when the Doctors Without Borders envelope showed up. I believe that we should not have invaded Iraq, that we should have signed the Kyoto treaty, that the Starr Report was, in part, the result of a vast right-wing conspiracy. I believe that poverty is our most pressing issue and that we should be pouring money and energy into its eradication. I believe that allowing migrant women and children to die of thirst in American deserts is a moral transgression that will stain us forever.
If you want more information on the AIDS crisis, these Web sites provide useful information.
Flying over northwestern Pakistan two months after the strongest earthquake to hit the area in 70 years is a stark testament to what happened on October 8, 2005.
Just a day after six sub-Saharan Africans died while trying to cross from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Melilla, there was no mass assault by immigrants overnight, an unusual spell of quiet after several weeks of disturbances, a Spanish Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN on Friday.
Four-year-old Aminu Yahaya lay alongside his mother in the makeshift hospital -- exhausted, his skin peeling, alarmingly thin, and fighting to survive.
In a small village in southern Niger, hundreds of mothers gather with their hungry children hoping somebody will help them.
Urgent appeals have been made for help for famine-stricken Niger where more than one million people are at risk from starvation after a locust invasion worsened an already poor harvest. If you want to help, here is a list of organizations gathering aid:
The aid agencies caring for more than a thousand starving children at a refugee camp in southern Niger will believe reports of food airlifts when the help actually arrives.
The United Nations on Thursday will begin airlifting 44 tons of emergency food rations to famine-stricken Niger in West Africa, where 80,000 people are starving and more than a million others are at risk, officials said.
Aid has begun to reach tsunami victims in remote areas of Indonesia, as the U.N.'s emergency relief coordinator says the death toll is approaching 150,000.
International aid organizations are accepting donations to help victims of the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunamis that caused widespread destruction in parts of South Asia and East Africa. The groups include:
The international relief group Medecins Sans Frontieres is stopping its activities in Iraq because of "escalating violence" in the country that is endangering its staff and other aid workers.
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