The Ugandan government has found itself at loggerheads with a tribe from the eastern part of the country this month after a state official threatened to ban the tribe’s centuries-old traditional rite of passage. Halima Athumani has the story for VOA from Kampala.
When famine struck Somalia in 2011, the southwestern town of Baidoa was under al-Shabab control. Humanitarian agencies could not access people in need. Today, the town is under government control, and the improved security situation has meant better access to aid for tens of thousands of people. In Baidoa for VOA, Mohammed Yusuf reports.
Like northeast Nigeria, parts of Niger are suffering through food shortages, caused in part by the Boko Haram insurgency. No famine has been declared, but for many people, hunger and malnutrition are a reality. VOA Correspondent Nicolas Pinault went to Diffa, Niger, to assess the situation.