As Muslims around the world usher in the holy month of Ramadan, detainees in Somalia will also be able to join in the spirit of the occasion. Close to 4,000 detainees across 12 places of detention across the country received food for traditional iftar menu, including goats, dates, lentils, milk, sugar, a mix of spices, cooking oil, tomato paste and tea leaves.
A fragile truce has allowed partial access to Tigray. But the long months of conflict have caused immense harm. Hospitals are damaged or destroyed. Water, electricity, and medicines are in short supply. Hunger, even among healthcare staff themselves, is everywhere.
Violence has flared up in Somalia while the country is deep in the throes of a punishing drought. The number of mass casualty incidents related to the armed conflict have increased by 30 % as recorded by four major hospitals supported by the ICRC.
Mali faces overwhelming humanitarian challenges today. The population here simultaneously confronts the effects of conflict, climate change and a major food crisis. Taken together, these elements form a deadly loop.