"Many of the refugee children have recounted chaotic scenes of armed attacks in the middle of the night, causing widespread panic and individual family members to flee in different directions to avoid being killed."
Hundreds of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria have become refugees as they flee the Islamist group Boko Haram. The influx is testing the government's ability to provide aid and basic services while simultaneously fighting the militants.
Backers of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi are calling for more rallies against the government, raising the likelihood of new clashes. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for saying that democracy was restored by the ouster of Morsi.
The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Congolese army have set up a security zone around the city of Goma, which has been threatened by M23 rebels. UN peacekeepers expect to deploy a drone to monitor the activity of armed groups in the eastern DR Congo.
Humanitarian aid workers increasingly need to be tech-savvy and aware of the importance of being accountable and coordinating with local, public and private groups. "One of the hallmarks of the network age is the move from a one-to-many to many-to-many organization," says Imogen Wall of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
A Refugees International report argues that changing weather will mean increased displacement of people from Africa's Sahel region. "The countries of the Sahel are already some of the poorest and most unstable in the world, and now climate displacement could create even more social and economic problems," says RI's Alice Thomas.