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Janratul is only 12 months old, but she and her family are climate refugees; forced to abandon their home in Bangladesh because of flooding

How climate change is causing a refugee crisis

Posted in Blogs 2 years 11 months ago

In parts of Africa and Asia, a quiet refugee crisis is unfolding. Today an estimated 60 million people are either living as refugees or have been forced from their homes - the highest number in history. When we think of refugees, we often think of war. And the conflict in Syria and elsewhere has turned millions of people into refugees, but many people have also been left without a home because of the threats of El Niño and climate change.

Abdullah, 7, holds a climate-resilient chicken bred by his neighbour Rafiza in Bangladesh.

Tackling climate change with local innovation

Posted in Blogs 2 years 11 months ago

What do tarpaulins, fighting cockerels, and raised villages have in common? Not much, on the surface. But together they're some of the creative solutions that ActionAid, in collaboration with the communities that we work with, has been developing to tackle the impacts of climate change. Find out how these innovative approaches are helping communities adapt to extreme weather. 

Children like 11-year-old Amina and her siblings are at risk of malnutrition in Somaliland.

Mustafa Ahmed Mohammed is part of ActionAid Somaliland's team who are delivering emergency food to families on the brink of survival. He blogs about the communities he works with, who are enduring a terrible drought because of the devastating effects of El Niño

10-year-old Aasia is forced to fish every day to help feed her family. Her brother, Ahmadullah, is blind, so she takes him with her so she can take care of him.

Worlds apart: a girl's eye view of hunger

Posted in Blogs 3 years 2 days ago

When there’s not enough food to go around, it’s often young girls who suffer the most - and it's not just the devastating effects of malnutrition. Girls are forced to drop out of school to help support their families during times of food shortages, and face early child marriage when families feel that they can’t support them. Meet four girls from Somaliland and Bangladesh whose lives are being torn apart by climate change and the impacts of El Niño.

Three-year-old Nimo in Somaliland cries herself to sleep because she is so hungry.

Climate change and the El Niño weather phenomenon mean that families already living on the margins of survival are struggling to grow or buy the food they desperately need. In Somaliland, drought is causing harvests to fail and turning fields to dust. In Bangladesh, flooding rivers and rising seas are swamping crops and robbing people of their livelihoods. We're working to support the most vulnerable - but we need your help.

Three brave teenage boys who attended ActionAid training and are now campaigning to end FGM in Somaliland.

Why men and boys are vital to ending FGM

Posted in Blogs 3 years 2 months ago

Last year, to mark Zero Tolerance to FGM Day, I wrote a blog - So, what's so bad about FGM? - as I realised that not enough people know the answer to that question. Because it's taboo to talk about it, people often don't know how damaging FGM is, but when they do, they can play a crucial role in campaigning against it, including men, as our new project in Somaliland goes to show.