During a visit to the Gorgol region of Mauritania, Senegalese musician Baaba Maal discovered the harsh reality for communities affected by a food crisis that now touches one in four people across the country.
If only food and water were as plentiful as the stories of hardship and sadness we've heard the last few days as we've crisscrossed the drought-ravaged region of southern Ethiopia, from Yabello to Negele and back.
Tonight, after a fresh wave of flood-affected people came to the relief camps in Kot Mithan, those who had been there for the last two days were instructed to leave within an hour of the newcomers' arrival.
Mobile water tanks, first aid, boats and local volunteers have been put on high alert by Oxfam as the worst floods in living memory surge south. Local organisations supported by Oxfam in Sindh are mobilised and on standby.
A few weeks ago the government identified a temporary relocation site for those most vulnerable to the rain in the settlement camps. Last week people began to be relocated there. The camp now houses five thousand people.
Late last week, rain doused the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, heightening the dread of hundreds of thousands of people there who have been living in makeshift shelters since the massive earthquake.