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24 Apr 2015 description

“After my parents split up, they sold our land, and my mother and I had to become migrant field workers to survive,” says Nak, a 17-year-old Cambodian boy. “When I was 15, a company offered me the chance to become a wood-cutter, and I thought I’d found a real profession. Instead, I lost my leg to an anti-personnel landmine.”

The company that hired Nat never told him that the area where he was sent to work, a forest near the border with Thailand, was surrounded by a ring of landmines planted sometime during the conflicts that engulfed Cambodia in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Xinhua

DAMASCUS, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government received a new batch of relief aid from China, a Syrian cabinet minister said on Thursday.

The announcement came during a meeting held Thursday between Syria's Social Affairs Minister Kinda Shammat and Chinese Ambassador to Syria Wang Kejian at the ministry's headquarters in the capital Damascus.

24 Apr 2015 description

Tools and equipment help families return home

“We are still afraid of new floods, even when there is only a light rain. That fear is not rational, but it’s here, especially for the children.”

April 2015—Where do you start when you’ve lost everything you own? What should you replace first—and how?

23 Apr 2015 description

Humanitarian situation and needs

Key messages

  • The Sahrawi refugees are the result of an unresolved political conflict with humanitarian consequences, which have to be addressed in line with the humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality.

  • The Sahrawi refugee situation is defined as a forgotten crisis by the European Commission, meaning that it receives little funding from the international community.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Irrawaddy

By FELIZ SOLOMON / YANGON

YANGON – Making a living has never been easy for Daw San San Oo, who at 44 has lived most of her life with a prosthetic leg and one functioning eye. When she was about 5 years old, an untreated ulcer in her toe soon became a brutal infection, coursing through the right side of her body. After three amputations, little was left of her leg and her vision was permanently impaired.

20 Apr 2015 description

Helena Laatio/ Finnish Red Cross

Yelena Khliyan has been working hard since June last year as the chairwoman of Rostov-on-Don regional Red Cross branch. That is when the influx of refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine started.

“There was a catastrophic number of people to our region to be received at the same time”, says the chairwoman about the tens of thousands of refugees which were pouring in at one point in Rostov-on-Don, adding up to 60.000.

17 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

The Second Phase Harmonised Assessments Report is being finalised and will be released on 16 April.

Coinciding with the recent rains in Port Vila, we have seen an increase in numbers of individuals approaching the NDMO directly requesting tarpaulins. Shelter Cluster partners are expediting the distribution of remaining tarpaulin stocks through the area councils in Port Vila to help meet the outstanding needs. Key shelter messaging has also been provided through various channels to try and improve information flow to affected communities.

17 Apr 2015 description

By Hanne Sorine Sorensen, IFRC

Twice a week Amani Muhammed Al-Jamal enters the small house in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, where Mahmoud and Alaf live with their seven children. Three have disabilities and one is deaf.

The three severely disabled children are not getting any education due to the lack of specialised centres in Rafah, while their sibling who suffers from hearing impairment attends a school for deaf children in the area.

17 Apr 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Erratic water supplies in Epworth have come with a heavy cost for people living with disabilities, who have to pay extra costs to get the precious liquid.

16 Apr 2015 description

For the first time, UNRWA, with funds from Islamic Relief Canada, has launched a project that provides special educational and psychological support to injured refugee students at UNRWA schools, and if necessary at their homes, across the Gaza Strip. The ‘supporting students in Gaza after the summer 2014 hostilities’ project, worth approximately US$1 million, started in November 2014 and will run for fourteen months.

16 Apr 2015 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) / Karbala branch, distributed wheelchairs for disabled and special needs people from those who suffer from inability in the lower limbs and paralysis. As the staff of the branch distributed a number of wheelchairs for the disabled and organized courses on psychosocial support for them.

15 Apr 2015 description

The overall objective of UNDP’s Sierra Leone’s Recovery Programme from the Ebola crisis is to restore livelihoods and foster socio-economic recovery for those most affected, strengthen the government’s capacity to restore essential services and to ensure a rapid return to a sustainable development path, while preserving and promoting peace, stability and social cohesion.

15 Apr 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Last month HALO Zimbabwe achieved the milestone of destroying over 5,000 mines since clearance began in November 2013. This mine clearance has taken place along a 10km stretch of border in the Mashonaland Central region, along the northern border with Mozambique.

The Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre estimates that mines have claimed over 1,590 lives and injured over 2,000 people. In Zimbabwe HALO employs 153 national staff members, the majority recruited from the communities affected by the mines.

15 Apr 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$ 507,887

Balance Requested: US$ 507,887

Geneva 15 April 2015

Dear Colleagues,

South Sudan is facing violence since almost 16 months, steaming from a power struggle between the incumbent President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar, which erupted on 15th December 2013 in Juba when Mr. Kiir accused Mr. Machar of staging a coup. Violence has since prevailed and is often breaking out along ethnical lines between Dinka and Nuer tribes.

15 Apr 2015 description

Introduction

-‡ This compendium is designed for use by staff working directly with communities - e.g. health workers and community volunteers working with disabled and older people and their families in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

-‡ A few examples of technologies are presented that families can adapt to suit their needs and budgets.
Many more options are possible.

15 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

• The distributions of shelter assistance for 13,650 households have either taken place or are underway. This assistance is coordinated by the Shelter Cluster.