July 28, 2016 Washington, DC
With a million Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip facing food insecurity this year, Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life came together during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to raise over half a million dollars to provide food assistance for 4,462 Palestine refugee families through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The lingering effects of El Niño have affected around 7 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Right now, 3.5 million people in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador do not have enough to eat, after drought has devastated several cycles of crops. Oxfam and its local partners have been helping some of the most vulnerable people in the region to become more resilient to extreme weather patterns.
In early 2015, Batán Grande, a town in the Peruvian region of Lambayeque, became a hotspot for dengue-a painful and sometimes fatal disease carried by mosquitos. Oxfam partner, CEPRODA MINGA, helped local community members create neighborhood public health outreach committees.
As Elizabeth Cano, humanitarian coordinator for Oxfam in Peru, explained, “Oxfam’s role in emergencies like this isn’t to rush in with staff and supplies,” she explains. “It’s to build on the strengths that are already here.”
Amman, Jordan – Fighting has intensified over the past three weeks and the long-suffering people of Aleppo city are bearing the brunt of the devastation. Continuous aerial attacks pound the east of the city, while shelling strikes the west, causing many casualties and injuries.
This week, Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan and the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), swore in Taban Deng Gai as first vice president, replacing former Vice President Riek Machar.
Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the outreach efforts of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Waterloo, Belgium, to provide meals and other needed services for people seeking safety from violence in Syria and elsewhere in the region.
Amman, Jordan, July 28, 2016 — In response to the announcement of humanitarian corridors for Syrians to flee the besieged city of Aleppo, the International Rescue Committee’s acting regional director Zoe Daniels released the following statement:
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 28 July 2016
The EU is delivering on its commitment to speed up the implementation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey bringing the total amount mobilised to more than €2 billion to finance actions in the field of health, education, socio-economic support as well as humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees
The recent closure of the last remaining supply route has turned Eastern Aleppo in Syria into a de-facto besieged area, cutting off around 300,000 people from any form of vital assistance. Since 7 July, neither aid staff nor supplies have been allowed to enter.
The EU calls for an immediate humanitarian pause in fighting to ensure medical evacuations and the delivery of medicine, food and water from and into Eastern Aleppo as the humanitarian situation has deteriorated dramatically.
Facts & Figures
Since fighting erupted in December 2013:
- More than 1.61 million internally displaced people according to UN estimates
- Over 200 000 people seeking refuge at UN Mission compounds (UNMIS)
- Over 831 000 South Sudanese refugees & asylum seekers in neighbouring countries (UNHCR)
- 55 aid workers killed by warring parties (UNOCHA)
- About 4.8 million people experiencing food shortages
- Number of refugees from neighbouring countries in South Sudan: over 263 000 (UNHCR)
DAMASCUS, 28 July 2016 – UNICEF deplores yesterday’s shocking attack which reportedly killed more than 50 people, including many children, in the northern Syrian city of Qamishli. Local hospitals are overwhelmed treating more than 150 injured people. UNICEF is informed that 32 children are being treated at the main hospital in Qamishli city, many with serious injuries.
Over 15 residences and 20 shops were reportedly destroyed, and injured civilians remain trapped under the rubble as rescuers continue to work to save lives and recover bodies.
Around the world, peacekeepers play a vital role in helping countries rise above conflict to work towards lasting peace. Both the United States and India have a long history of supporting international peacekeeping. Now through a new joint initiative, our countries are working together to help strengthen the capabilities of other partner nations to contribute to international peacekeeping.
Thessaloniki, Greece | AFP | Thursday 7/28/2016 - 18:26 GMT
A protest broke out in a migrant camp in northern Greece on Thursday after a young Syrian woman died from apparent heart failure, local police said.
Dozens of Syrians living at the Diavata centre joined the protest after the woman, who was in her late twenties, was found unconscious in a communal shower.
First aid was administered but the woman died before an ambulance arrived at the centre.
State agency ANA said the victim suffered from epilepsy.
Les ressortissants haïtiens continuent d’être victimes d’actes de violence dans les opérations de rapatriement à la frontière haïtiano-dominicaine. Humiliation, bousculades, gifles, propos démoralisants, emprisonnement, travaux forcés, tels sont les maux infligés à certains d’entre eux depuis leur appréhension jusqu’à leur reconduction à la frontière par les autorités dominicaines.
As humanitarians we heard this morning’s announcement of exit corridors for civilians to depart Aleppo City with both trepidation and hope.
Opening a door for people who wish to leave Aleppo City is important, but it’s not a substitute for on-the-ground humanitarian access. Some 250 to 400,000 civilians remain in what was once Syria’s largest city – not all of them want or are able to leave.
Today, working session devoted to the situation in Syria was held under the leadership of the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.
Opening the session, the Defence Minister stressed: “We are to make a number of decisions concerning stabilization of the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic”.
Gaza, 28 July 2016 – The Ministry of Labour, represented by H.E. Mamoun Abu Shahla, and UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, Roberto Valent, signed a USD 5 million Memorandum of Understanding to implement the Rapid Employment Generation project in the Gaza Strip, targeting recent graduates and unemployed youth.