Six In The Morning Tuesday 27 February 2024

 ‘Trying to keep children busy so they don’t hear bombs’: Follow daily life in Gaza


  1. The BBC is bringing you a detailed insight on life inside Gaza in a special day of coverage
  2. People in Gaza, many of whom have fled their homes, are sharing with us how their daily lives have changed during the war
  3. A nurse, Rewaa Mohsen, describes the struggle of keeping her daughter entertained “so she doesn’t hear bombs”
  4. Yahya Hussen, a 30-year-old fashion designer, says food prices are “astronomical”, with basics like cheese and eggs too expensive for many people

Electricity shortage shuts down key hospital services

Another doctor, this time from northern Gaza, is now telling us about the situation there. In a voicenote, Dr Mohammed Salha explains how three departments at his hospital stopped running today because of electricity shortages:

Today, we stopped the operating department and also the laboratory department and the X-Ray department because we can’t run the generator.

We are providing emergency services only.

Dr Mohammed has also sent over photos of staff inside the hospital cooking.

Like others in Gaza we’ve been hearing from today, he says staff have been baking bread over fire.

‘Fight waste to fight hunger’: food banks embrace imperfection to feed millions in Brazil

More than 40% of produce in the country is lost or wasted but new research highlights how it could be a key tool in fighting rising food insecurity. One charity is leading the charge

About half a dozen men in hairnets busy themselves with crates of fresh produce outside a food depot in Rio de Janeiro’s northern suburbs. As one reels off a list of products, the others place oddly shaped vegetables into large bags before loading them into a waiting car. The produce will later be cooked and served in soup kitchens, nurseries and other institutions offering free meals to people in need across the city.

The depot is run by Brazil’s biggest network of food banks, Sesc Mesa Brasil. With 95 units all over the country, Mesa – which means table in Portuguese – collects food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, farmers and other suppliers and retailers, sorts it, and then donates it to partner organisations.

Somalia-Turkey security deal: How does it impact Ethiopia?

Somalia’s recent deal with Turkey has raised the stakes in a simmering maritime dispute with Ethiopia. Experts say it could escalate the conflict in the Horn of Africa.

Turkey and Somalia last week signed a significant defense and economic cooperation agreement.

Under the 10-year pact, Turkey will help defend Somalia’s long coastline and also rebuild the naval forces of the fragile Horn of Africa nation.

“We will help Somalia develop its capacity and capabilities to combat illegal and irregular activities in its territorial waters,” a Turkish Defense Ministry official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said.

The Malawians braving climate shocks and red tape to make banana wine

Global warming has shrunk crop yields in farming communities. Some have poured their frustration into making wine.

Regina Mukandawire has been growing bananas on her small farm in the Karonga district in northern Malawi for more than 16 years. But heatwaves, floods and disease outbreaks that have hit the country since 2010 have gradually reduced her yields from half a tonne to only a few buckets per harvest.

“If it’s extremely hot, ripe bananas will quickly rot, meaning you won’t be able to sell them,” the 38-year-old mother of six told Al Jazeera. “Again, when floods happen, the trees are affected, and heavy storms can actually destroy a whole farm.”

Malawi is suffering some of the worst impacts of climate change despite being one of the world’s lowest emitters of greenhouse gases. The dry spell caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon during the 2016-2017 season also left a third of the country’s 18 million people in dire need of food assistance.

Tourists have returned to North Korea for the first time since the pandemic. Here’s what they saw

Lena Bychcova couldn’t really believe it when her North Korean tourist visa came through.

Many Russian tourists have found themselves locked out of tourism destinations. But North Korea — as a key Russian ally — offered a rare opportunity to travel.

The marketing professional was one of about 100 Russian nationals who were allowed to travel to North Korea this month in what is believed to be the hermit kingdom’s first international tourist trip since the coronavirus pandemic.