THE Salvation Army in The Philippines is providing support to people forced from their homes by terrorist groups known as Maute and Abu Sayyaf, which has links to Daesh. A priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by fighters in Marawi City, on the Philippine island of Mindanao, and thousands of residents have fled.
DROUGHT and crop failure in different parts of Africa – particularly in East Africa – is causing a ‘humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions’, according to The Salvation Army’s world leader General André Cox. The international church and charity’s response to the widespread famine is focused initially in northern Kenya, where the country’s president has declared a national disaster in 23 counties.
The two Salvation Army territories in Kenya are joining together to put in place plans to cope with any disturbances that could follow this year's general election. The 2007-8 election led to many outbreaks of violence, catching the government and humanitarian agencies by surprise, with many unable to provide assistance to people seeking refuge.
THE Salvation Army in Mozambique is responding to the first cyclone to make landfall in the country in a decade. Tropical Cyclone Dineo struck the coastal province of Inhambane in mid-February before moving along the coast to the capital, Maputo. Gusts in excess of 180 kilometres per hour left eight people dead and caused destruction to homes and infrastructure.
IN RESPONSE to heavy rain that has led to flooding and mudslides in areas around the Peruvian capital, Lima, The Salvation Army, in liaison with local authorities, has commenced emergency relief in the Chosica and Santa Eulalia communities. The national government has declared a state of emergency in a number of provinces after severe damage to infrastructure which is affecting thousands of people. It is known that at least 20 people have lost their lives.