By Lisa Pattison, IFRC
Patricia James is the unofficial spokesperson for this particular group of five Ebola survivors being discharged from the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone. She is vivacious, engaging and very caring, fussing around the other survivors to reassure them that they are indeed going home.
Charity won’t stop the injustices that mean women do two-thirds of the world’s work, but earn just one-tenth of the world income.
It won’t stop multinational companies dodging millions in tax, depriving poor countries of the money they need to pay for healthcare and education.
It won’t protect the world’s poorest communities who did least to cause climate change from taking the brunt of its effects.
To end poverty we must end injustice.
Sidr honey – a precious commodity in Yemen – is considered the most expensive honey in the world. Produced by artisanal beekeepers in eastern and southern governorates of the country, it is not only what they live for, but also the chief source of income for thousands of people.
“In 2014, hundreds of families were displaced as a result of the conflict and violence in different parts of southern Yemen. These were families of beekeepers and making honey is all they knew. They have lost everything,” said Jado Batila, economic security project coordinator for the ICRC in Yemen.
This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,553,306 to enable the IFRC to support the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) to deliver assistance and support to 8,000 flood-affected families (40,000 people), focusing on relief distributions, water & sanitation, health and hygiene promotion, emergency and recovery shelter assistance, National Society capacity building and disaster preparedness & risk reduction. The planned response and corresponding budget reflects data gathered during the first months of the operation and projected resources available to implement recovery activities.
· In Aleppo city, shortage of water supply is affecting at least 2 million people in the east and western parts. Reduction in the level of dams compounded with control of water supply by armed opposition groups is contributing to the current water crisis.
24 November 2014 - Hundreds of women from three counties in Western Equatoria state recently received training in agriculture technology to help them to produce more food for sale and consumption.
About 225 women from Yambio, Nzara and Maridi counties attended the training, organized by UN Women in collaboration with the state government.
Zulifa Dawa, State Minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare said the training was organized because the state’s women, who are members of cooperative societies, are active in the agriculture sector.
Humanitarian partners continue to coordinate necessary response to floodaffected communities through the Gode, Jijiga (Somali region) and Amibara (Afar region) Incident Command Posts (ICP).
Eritrean refugees continue to arrive in northern Ethiopia in high numbers. 2,173 refugees arrived so far in November
DAVAO CITY, November 24 (PIA) Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon guaranteed to provide shelter to all families affected by typhoon Pablo on December 4, 2012 in the towns of Banganga, Cateel and Boston.
Speaking to reporters, she said that the shelter assures affected families to be resilient.
Malanyaon said having their own homes will help the victims to strive and to realize their dreams for a better life.
She also praised the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the provincial government’s partner in the relief and rehabilitation efforts.
According to UNHCR 3,249,401 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 52.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,699,436 refugee children in the region.
BEIJING — China unveiled a three-year reconstruction plan for a quake zone in southwest Yunnan on Nov 23, promising to improve living conditions and economic development.
The reconstruction plan was adopted at an executive meeting of the State Council on Oct 24, two months after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Ludian county on Aug 3.
The earthquake killed more than 600 people and destroyed about 80,000 homes.
SAW LA YAR KOO, Birmanie | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 10:49 GMT
by Nan Tin HTWE
When a village in the conflict-torn hills of eastern Myanmar was asked to pay authorities more than $10,000 to plug into an electricity grid, families put themselves in debt to find the cash.
Ten months later children there are still squinting over their homework by candlelight and dinners are cooked on open fires as the work to connect their homes to power lies unfinished, beset by delays and bureaucracy.
Khartoum, Nov. 23 (SUNA) The Minister of Labor and Administrative Reform, Ishraqa Sayed Mahmoud, has appreciated the support of 13 million dollars provided by China for the rehabilitation of the Friendship Vocational Training Center in Umdorman city.
This came during her visit to the center, in the presence of Engineer Salih Imam Al-Awad, the Director of the Chinese Center in Sudan and Engineer Jin Shu Ha, the Senior Maintenance Engineer, who they briefed the minister in details on the progress of work in the center that was completed by 73%.
Repair work on the 28km stretch started in May, but was disrupted by the rain.
Lakes State Minister for Physical Infrastructure, Abraham Meen Kuc says the work is expected to be completed in two weeks. He says the road is being graded by the State Ministry of Physical Infrastructure with support from the UN Mission (UNMISS).
Afghan women frozen out of peace talks, in danger of losing gains made since fall of the Taliban
Afghan women are consistently excluded from Afghanistan’s peace negotiations and formal talks about the country’s future, international agency Oxfam said today. Unless this discrimination is reversed, peace will be unsustainable, Afghanistan’s development will be compromised, and enormous human rights gains made since the fall of the Taliban will remain under threat.
06 November 2014 The Asian Development Bank granted a total of USD$4.52 million from its Disaster Response Facility. The sum is to assist the Government of Tonga with the reconstruction, and climate and disaster proofing of the electricity network and school facilities that were damaged by Cyclone Ian in January 2014. Of this contribution, USD$2.7 million has been allocated to the restoration of the electricity network.
Grown on over 22.2 million hectares worldwide, groundnut (Arachis hypo-gaea L,) has been used for decades as an important protein-rich source for people in developing countries, while its oilseed, cake and haulms are used traditionally as animal feed.
The number of new arrivals from Syria to Jordan has significantly decreased since 25 September, with no entries through informal border crossings registered by UNHCR since 1 November. Between 3,000 and 4,000 Syrian refugees are reportedly camped at the berm near the border at Rukban and Hadalat in north-eastern Jordan. UNHCR continues to advocate with authorities for access to the territory.
VAN, Turkey, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Chairman and Amiri Diwan's Advisor Abdullah Al-Maatouq on Friday opened the Kuwaiti-funded "Humanitarian Leader" village in the eastern Turkish city of Van.
In 2011, a destructive earthquake hit the city, located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. It has a long history as a major urban area.