What was a serious problem with the weather has become a humanitarian crisis in Somalia where much of the country is controlled by militias. Because relief can't reach them, famished Somalians are trying to get to aid.
Nelson Mandela turns 93 today. His foundation has urged people to mark the second annual "Mandela Day" by devoting 67 minutes of volunteer work today, representing the 67 years he devoted to South Africa's political struggle.
Nearly 12 million people in Africa are facing the worst drought the continent has seen in 60 years. Nicholas Kristof joins us to talk about the challenges facing the region most severely impacted, and the aid groups trying to provide relief.
Twelve million people need food aid after rains failed for the second consecutive year across the Horn of Africa region. Anne Mawathe of the BBC African Service reports from Kenya, after visiting a camp on the Somalian border.
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy decided not to seek reelection last year and instead focused his life after politics on an organization called One Mind for Research, a brain research organization inspired by his father, the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
Louisville, Kentucky's library director, Craig Buthod, has reinvented the libraries into community education centers and developed a program that combines student IDs, bus tickets and library cards. He is the 2010 Librarian of the Year.
What if medications for HIV and malaria were as cheap, widely available and heavily distributed as Coke? That's the thinking behind ColaLife, a project founded by Simon Berry, who has been an aid worker in Africa for years.
A million cookie-cutter houses built in the 1940s in Canada may have a future as energy-independent homes. If a million such homes were retrofitted, the energy savings could be substantial. The World brings us more on Canada's green housing experiment.
The World's Marco Werman speaks with United Nations humanitarian chief John Holmes about the conditions in Darfur since the expulsion in March of more than a dozen international aid groups by the Sudanese government.
The World's Katy Clark reports on a program that aims to prepare future aid workers for the harsh realities of humanitarian work by exposing them to a simulated refugee crisis. The exercise takes place in the woods of Massachusetts.
Today's answer is the Sudanese state of South Kurdufan. That's where emergency medical doctor James Maskalyk spent 6 months as a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders. He's written a book about his experience...and tells anchor Marco Werman about it.
He's been sampled in dance tracks and he's recorded an introduction to Peter and the Wolf. But former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev has never sung on an album. Until now. The World's Marco Werman tells us about Gorbachev's CD for his late wife Raisa.
Health problems the afflict the world's poor have received unprecedented attention in recent years. But medical workers who focus on lesser known diseases say their efforts remain as difficult as ever. On PRI's The World.
Over half a million women die each year from complications of pregnancy. To address the problem, the UN Population Fund is holding a high level maternal health meeting in Ethiopia. Listen to Lyse Doucet's report from Afghanistan.
After dropping out of school as a teenager because of poverty and drought William Kamkwamba built a windmill out of discarded materials in his village. Kamkwamba tells anchor Marco Werman how the windmill brought electricity to his tiny village in Malawi.
A new survey released by the aid group Oxfam highlights some of the largest concerns of ordinary Afghans. According to the survey, their main concern is living in poverty. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks with the report's author, Ashley Jackson, who's in Kabul.
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