ACT News

Governments must accelerate efforts to eradicate violence against women

06 Mar 2013

Alarming statistics illustrate the enormous obstacles that remain in the way of eliminating epidemic levels of violence against women and girls. The United Nations indicates that as many as 7 in 10 women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetimes. In response to these numbers – and to commemorate […]

As Syrian conflict mounts, refugees flock to Lebanon, Jordan and Armenia

19 Feb 2013

As the bitter battle for Damascus intensifies and further engulfs the region, ACT Alliance expects that even more than 1.1 million Syrians will seek safety in neighbouring countries before June 1 this year – thereby surpassing the latest United Nations estimates. Nearly 700,000 Syrians have already fled across the border. These refugee numbers come on […]

Syrian refugees welcomed to Lebanon amid political tensions

21 Jan 2013

As their country’s civil war drags on, thousands of Syrian families continue to flee the incessant violence for safety in neighboring countries. Yet in many places where they have taken refuge, the struggle to survive remains a daunting challenge. As of January 17, more than 650,000 Syrian refugees throughout the region had either registered with […]

A deepening food crisis

20 Apr 2012

It looks like any other school yard, any other school day. But it is actually the first school day in Camp Mbere, a refugee camp only a few kilometres from the Malian border in Mauritania. Suddenly a camera attracts the attention and hundreds of children sets of, screaming and laughing. Like any other children. When […]

A perfect storm exacerbates food crisis in Burkina Faso

02 Mar 2012

Fatumata, 28, knocks the leaves of a thorny tree with a long metal pole and picks them up off the dry and dusty ground one by one. “We normally only feed these leaves to our animals,” she explains, “but the situation is so difficult now that we are eating them ourselves.” When asked if there […]

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