humanitarian crisis

  • December 27, 2016  

    Last week, the Syrian government declared that it had retaken full control of Aleppo from rebel forces. But this success came at a high cost: survivors have lost their homes and family members, and many have been severely wounded. Their future may lie in refugee camps. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson visits Aleppo to speak to those who outlasted the years of war. Continue reading

  • December 16, 2016  

    Friday brought doubts about the durability of the plan to allow tens of thousands of civilians and fighters to leave eastern Aleppo. Evacuations that began Thursday abruptly halted amid renewed violence and recriminations. Meanwhile, the Assad regime consolidated its hold on a sector of the city that had been held by rebels for four years. Dan Rivers of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • October 7, 2016  

    Three days after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, the death toll is above 800 and expected to rise sharply as rescue teams reach the hard-hit southwestern peninsula. So far, the eye of the storm has skirted Florida’s coast, but Gov. Rick Scott warned the state is not yet in the clear. Meanwhile, President Obama met with the head of FEMA and also urged caution. Hari Sreenivasan reports from Florida. Continue reading

  • October 5, 2016  

    The French government announced on Wednesday a renewed push for a Syrian cease-fire, following the end of a U.S.-Russia deal. As Washington grapples with what to do next, a humanitarian catastrophe mounts in Aleppo. For more on the conflict, Judy Woodruff talks to former Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet, Randa Slim of the Middle East Institute and The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof. Continue reading

  • August 30, 2016  

    Documenting atrocities committed by the Islamic State can seem impossible. A new report from the Associated Press, however, catalogs 72 mass graves around Syria and Iraq — including one site that held 1,700 bodies. Gwen Ifill speaks with the AP’s Lori Hinnant about the locations of these burial sites, what happened to the victims entombed within them and whether anyone is being held responsible. Continue reading

  • August 19, 2016  

    South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is again on the brink of a civil war. Photographer Sebastian Rich has covered the conflict in the country for more than four decades, and he is there now on a mission with UNICEF, documenting the turmoil and the toll it has taken on civilians. The area is plagued by malnutrition and the lowest education levels in the world. John Yang speaks with Rich. Continue reading

  • August 18, 2016  

    Airstrikes are a constant in Aleppo, Syria. But this week, global attention was captured by a haunting snapshot of one strike’s aftermath: a 5-year-old boy bloodied, dust covered and dazed. Such images have a history of going viral. But do they make an impact? Hari Sreenivasan asks Susan Moeller, a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, and the New York Times’ Anne Barnard.

    *An editor’s note: the 1972 napalm airstrike in Vietnam that led to the iconic photo of a naked, burned young girl running down a road that is mentioned in this conversation was conducted by the air force of South Vietnam, not the United States. Continue reading

  • March 11, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, residents of the flood-stricken South faced overnight downpours that brought total rainfall to two feet in some places, uprooting trees and collapsing roads–with more rain expected this weekend. Also, the UN issued a warning that the civil war in South Sudan has left the central African nation with “one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world.”
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  • April 21, 2015  

    After being driven out of Tikrit, the Islamic State has renewed its push into Western Anbar province. The government in Baghdad is wary of letting in fleeing families, seeing displaced people from IS strongholds as security risks. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces are preparing for a tough battle in Garma. Special correspondent Jane Arraf reports. Continue reading

  • November 28, 2013  

    Some 6.5 million Syrians have been displaced within the country due to the bloody Civil War and the ongoing violence has led to an increased level of suffering. Syrians that remain are in need of food, shelter and medical help. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on the politics of aid in Syria. Continue reading

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