Action Against Hunger Year in Photos: 2016

Year in Photos: 2016

A look back at the moments that challenged us, pained us, brought out our best, and deepened our commitment to humanity in 2016.

By Action Against Hunger

Jan 31 2017


Photo: Florian Seriex for Action Against Hunger, Yemen

A conflict in Yemen, which began in March 2015, has created severe food shortages and contributed to emergency levels of undernutrition, which are now among the highest in the world.  Two in three people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance. Action Against Hunger is providing humanitarian assistance to families affected by conflict in the city of Hodeidah. When we asked families to share their message to the world about the crisis, this is what one of them said:

“We eat only once a day, and mostly only the free bread that the local baker gives us in the morning. If you could say to the powerful people to stop the war and to help us, please.”

We’re doing our best to make sure the world listens. Find out more about our work in Yemen.


Northeast Nigeria

Photo: Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger, Nigeria

“Boko Haram burned our village down. We are left with only the clothes we were wearing. All our sources of earning income have been taken away. We want to work again and go back home. We are not beggars.”  

The group of families in this photo escaped violence at the hands of the militant group Boko Haram in their home villages in northeast Nigeria’s Borno State. They are now living in an abandoned school in Monguno town, where Action Against Hunger launched a new emergency programme. Since 2009, Boko Haram has been terrorizing communities and destroying crops, villages and health facilities. Action Against Hunger is providing families displaced by the conflict in Borno State with lifesaving food, water, shelter and health care. Find out more...


Photo: Florian Seriex for Action Against Hunger, Iraqi Kurdistan

Muhammad walks from the tomato to the cucumber plants. Stopping, he smiles. “It is ripe,” he says, picking a cucumber. He continues picking, satisfied with the fruits of his labor. Muhammad is far from his farm in Syria, now living in the Gawilan camp for refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have built four greenhouses in which many refugees work daily. In the coming weeks, Action Against Hunger will take over the premises and build new greenhouses, building on the work of the project funded by a partnership between UNDP and UNHCR. Muhammad is indeed lucky. He was one of the first refugees pre-selected to participate in this agricultural project, chosen randomly with seven others. He proudly shows some of his produce.

“We’ve been living here for 18 months, I feel much better. Every morning I come to the greenhouse, I work, I can eat fresh fruit and vegetables and use the salary they create to support my family.”   

Central African Republic

Photo: Samuel Hauenstein Swan for Action Against Hunger, Central African Republic

This father had done everything he could on his own to take care of his child, but in Central African Republic, devastating conflict has made it extremely difficult for parents to find enough food to feed their families every day. This child was suffering from life-threatening undernutrition, and was admitted to our inpatient programme for urgent treatment.

The inpatient nutrition unit managed by Action Against Hunger is packed with children suffering from the most severe and deadly form of undernutrition: here children are too sick to play, and too weak to cry. But these inpatient treatment units save children’s lives, and in that way, they can be places of hope. Last year, 80 percent of the undernourished children referred to Action Against Hunger’s inpatient therapeutic treatment centers in our programme areas in Central Africa Republic recovered and returned home, healthy.

The Syrian Crisis

Photo: Florian Seriex for Action Against Hunger

The Syrian crisis has become the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century. More than 150,000 people have died, and an estimated 4.8 million people have fled the violence, seeking safety in neighboring nations as refugees. The remaining 13.5 million face crisis in their home country, under siege.

Action Against Hunger is responding to the regional crisis where the need is greatest: in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, providing families with nutrition, water and food security solutions—along with psychosocial support. Our Regional Communications Officer, Florian Seriex, captured this moving image of an elderly man who fled Syria as a refugee, being attentively helped by one of our staff to ensure he received services in a settlement in Jordan. 


Photo: Lys Arongo for Action Against Hunger, Senegal

Women farmers produce more than half of all food worldwide, yet they earn only 10 percent of the world’s income. If we are to achieve zero hunger by 2030, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed by world leaders in 2015, we must invest in small-scale women farmers, so that they can have better access to education, seeds, and the capital necessary to increase healthy food production. Action Against Hunger’s food security and livelihoods programme in Matam, Senegal, is all about investing in women farmers and training them to increase harvests to boost their income and improve nutrition.


Photo: B Stevens / i-Images for Action Against Hunger

Community health workers could be a powerful force for change in the fight to end child deaths from hunger. When a local health post was established in mother Namusa Nomoga’s community, life changed dramatically. A few months ago, Namusa’s two-year-old son Samakoun, suffered from acute undernutrition. “I noticed that something was wrong with Samakoun when he developed a temperature. He wasn’t able to keep his food down, and then he stopped eating altogether,” she said.

“I went to see Kindiaba, the local community health worker who moved to our village a few months ago. Kindiaba weighed and measured Samakoun, and took his temperature. And then she told me that he was ill with undernutrition and that he needed special treatment. She gave me the ready-to-use therapeutic food to help him, and I came back to Kindiaba for follow-up treatment once a week. After just a few weeks, Samakoun had recovered. Today Kindiaba still supports us.” Find out more...


For almost 40 years, across nearly 50 countries, we have led the global fight against hunger. We save the lives of children and their families. We are there for them before and after disaster strikes. We enable people to provide for themselves, see their children grow up strong, and for whole communities to prosper. We constantly search for more effective solutions, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the world. We push for long-term change. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger. Thank you for your support.

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Lead image: Hanz Rippe for Action Against Hunger, Colombia 

In late November 2016, Colombia’s Congress approved a peace accord with the rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, effectively reaching a deal to end a half century of war that claimed more than 200,000 lives.

“Despite all the violence that is often reported about Colombia, my visits there have exposed me to ‘the real Colombia,’ where despite difficulties, I always find hope and joy in people’s faces. For me, this photograph is an example of hope for Colombia’s journey forward.   I dedicate this photo to those children, who still dare to run after their dreams.”