Afghan women and children sit in front of a bakery waiting for bread donations in Kabul's Old City, Afghanistan, on Sept. 16, 2021.

‘It is a catastrophe’: Afghans are in desperate need of food, humanitarian aid, refugee worker says


Astrid Sletten, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s office in Kabul, spoke to The World’s Carol Hills about the level of need in Afghanistan and what aid organizations are able to deliver in the current environment.

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Haiti has a burgeoning entrepreneur scene, but can it make room for Haitians forced to return from the US?

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How two Minnesotans turned their online popularity into big money for famine aid

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Efforts to deploy drones for humanitarian purposes are hampered by public fears

An aerial view of houses damaged by Saturday's earthquake is seen in Nuwakot, Nepal, May 1, 2015.

How drones are helping relief efforts in Nepal


Global Medic, an aid agency based in Canada, is using drones — or UAVs — to help scope out remote areas in need of aid. And while they can’t deliver supplies just yet, the group says they’re still a vital way to get quick results when disasters hit.

Earthquake survivor Krishna Kumari Khadka is rescued from a collapsed building in Kathmandu by French, Israeli and Norwegian rescue teams six days after the April 25, 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Five things the international community shouldn’t do after a disaster


When disasters like earthquakes strikes in far-off countries, our first instinct is to help in any way we can. But sometimes that help actually gets in the way of recovery. That’s what reporter Jonathan Katz experienced after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and he has suggestions on how to avoid a repeat.

A villager carries a child amid debris in Gorkha, Nepal, following the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.

Human interest stories obscure the real human needs in Nepal


Days after the earthquake hit Nepal, Shrochis Karki says some rural villages have still seen few signs of help. And while he’s been working from his home in England to coordinate relief efforts, he says part of the blame lies with the world’s fixation on dramatic human interest stories and not real problems.

A worker wearing a hazardous material suit arrives at the apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in Dallas, Texas, on October 3, 2014.

Liberian Americans react to Ebola — and hostility — with ramped-up aid efforts


The news of a US-based case of Ebola has led to hostility against many Liberians and other Africans in the United States. But Liberian Americans are focusing on delivering aid, in many forms, to families affected by the Ebola crisis back home.