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The worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in 40 years is painting a grim scene: Dried up wells, wilted crops and cattle dying by the thousands. In a resource-abundant region that should be boasting with life, this drought — and the hunger crisis it’s created — are plaguing communities. Children, especially girls, are paying the highest price. View photo story

Urmila’s journey toward a career wasn’t as straightforward as she hoped. She moved to a city seeking more job opportunities, but since she didn’t have much professional experience, she was often turned away. But Urmila didn’t give up. She kept looking for safe and reliable work, and eventually heard about an initiative that helps young women become teachers — a program run in collaboration with Plan International. More information

Andrea, a young advocate from El Salvador, is using activism to make her voice heard — and it’s brought her all the way to the U.S. government, working to make global change for gender equality. More information.

Food insecurity was already on the rise in Guatemala before COVID-19. The pandemic and resulting economic crisis have only exacerbated inequality and poverty. The climate crisis is also taking its toll, with many families losing crops as a result of Hurricanes Eta and Iota in 2020. And the war in the Ukraine is only going to make the situation worse. More information.

Protected Passage supports and protects children, adolescent girls and their families as they migrate, seek asylum or return to their country of origin. A survey examines thoughts and knowledge around migration in-region. More information.

As the world's youngest nation turns 10, South Sudan continues to suffer from conflict and extreme poverty. We asked four 10-year-old girls to share their hopes for what the next decade will bring — for themselves and for their country. More Information

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South Sudan Girls Playing
Credit: Suvro Paul