Helena Laatio/ Finnish Red Cross
There is a steady whirring of a half a dozen of sewing machines. Women, some of them refugees from Ukraine, are sewing bed sheets meant for other refugees from their country. Most of them have fled from their homes in the middle of the war with nothing but the clothes they were wearing in the day of their escape.
Farmers in the steppe of southern Siberia have an old tradition of burning dried grass in the spring to fertilize the soil for the coming year. In April 2015, unusually warm temperatures and strong winds turned the tradition into a nightmare. Several fires escaped the control of their handlers and spread rapidly across the dry landscape. According to media reports, escaped fires had devastated several villages, caused the deaths of about two dozen people, and left thousands of people homeless.
Syria – Conflict
Moscow, Russia | | Monday 4/13/2015 - 16:35 GMT
by Anna SMOLCHENKO
Twenty six people died and nearly a thousand sought medical treatment after wildfires blamed on reckless human behaviour swept through Siberia, Russian authorities said on Monday.
Some 5,000 rescue workers battled through the night to contain the blazes in the Khakassia region of southeastern Siberia, where 23 people died, said investigators.
Fires also raged in eastern Siberia, claiming three lives including that of a three-year-old girl, authorities in the Chita region told AFP.
Geneva/Мoscow, 10 April 2015 – The second phase of provision of humanitarian assistance to displaced civilians from eastern Ukraine is starting in Rostov Region. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has handed over to the local branch of the Russian Red Cross (RRC) food parcels and hygiene kits for further distribution. In April alone, 12,000 most vulnerable displaced people will receive them. The ICRC plans to provide such assistance every month.
Par Son Éminence le cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, Président et Michel Roy, Secrétaire Général
« Nous avons mis en route la culture du “déchet” […] Les exclus ne sont pas des “exploités”, mais des déchets, “des restes”… personne ne devrait être “privé” de l’amour de Dieu ni de nos soins. »
By His Eminence Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, President of Caritas Internationalis and Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis
“We have created a ‘throw away’ culture…the excluded are not the ‘exploited’ but the outcast, the ‘leftovers’…no one is to be ‘excluded’ from God’s love and from our care.”
Pursuant to an order of the Russian Government a Russian Emergencies Ministry Il-76 with a humanitarian cargo aboard has took off today from Ramenskoye airport for the Republic of Vanuatu.
There is over 60 tonnes of relief goods. The cargo consists of foodstuffs including sugar, tinned milk, meat and fish, mobile power stations, tents, blankets, and essential goods.
● Delivery of humanitarian aid is expected to significantly decline in several critical Clusters as funding continues to remain seriously low: only 16 percent of the USD 316 required for 2015 has been funded or pledged.
● Recent dismissal of key Government representatives at national as well as regional levels with further possibility of changes in Government structure puts additional pressure in ability to provide timely humanitarian assistance in a coordinated manner.
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On 26 March 2015 at 07:20hrs (Moscow time), a Russian convoy arrived at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point (BCP). A total of 82 vehicles were checked by the Russian border guard and customs services. All the vehicles had crossed back into the Russian Federation by 17:20hrs on 26 March.
Leaving the Russian Federation
Appeal Target: US$810,004
Balance Requested: US$ 505,386
Geneva, 23 March 2015
The first revision of ACT appeal UKR151 is hereby issued. This revision replaces the full appeal issued on 30 January 2015, now removed from our web site. All changes in the text are highlighted in blue.