LAKE CHAD BASIN
Violent conflict, caused by the militant extremist group Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria, has been raging since 2009. The violence has since spread to the neighbouring border regions of Cameroon, Niger and Chad, directly affecting around 17 million people.
In addition, this area has been besieged by other problems such as food insecurity and flooding. These floods have not only wiped out edible crops, but the reeds traditionally used to make roofs.
As nine months of bloody battle end in the routing of IS resistance, aid agencies including ShelterBox are standing by ready to support families who were trapped in a destroyed city
The long wait is over. Military reports indicate that the final enclaves of IS resistance in Mosul are now in retreat, signalling the end of the largest and longest urban battle anywhere on the earth since World War 2.
With the final battle for Mosul in Iraq expected to play out in the coming days, the UN fears that up to 100,000 civilians still trapped in the city may be used as human shields by IS. UK charity ShelterBox is standing ready to aid families who manage to escape. They say, ‘The military are talking about the beginning of the end, however the human suffering is far from over.’
Half a million people affected, around 85,000 made homeless. UK disaster relief shelter experts ShelterBox respond to Sri Lankan Government’s call for aid
ShelterBox, UK shelter experts based in Truro, Cornwall, is sending a team to Sri Lanka today (2nd June, 2017) to assess the need for the charity’s specialist aid – including sturdy weatherproof tents, emergency lighting, mosquito nets, and water filtration and carriers.
The military action to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State may be entering its final phase. 580,000 people have already fled to safety, but the UN says there are fears for an unknown number of civilians still trapped in appalling conditions as fighting intensifies.
UK-based disaster relief agency ShelterBox and its aid partners have been delivering aid for months now to people fleeing Mosul and surrounding areas, the scene of one of the harshest and most protracted battles in the Middle East.