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Providing emergency assistance to refugees in Serbia
Description: With the closure of the Western Balkans migration route in early 2016, the number of refugees stranded in Serbia now stands at over 7 500. The EU has allocated humanitarian funding of €20.1 million to Serbia which contributes to the provision of emergency assistance at 16 government shelters. This comes on top of €24.5 million of EU pre-accession aid allocated to the refugee crisis in Serbia. UNHCR is a major partner in providing different services at the government shelters which include the provision of food and access to health services. Video by UNHCR Serbia
  16 Mar 2017   4m48s 2 47 0

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Clean water for the Wayuu people of Colombia
Description: La Guajira, Colombia, is home to the indigenous Wayuu people. A humanitarian crisis has resulted from seven years of drought; in 2016, 86 children lost their lives. Today nearly 900 families are severely affected by drought. The Wayuu people are battling to survive: they face food and water shortages, as well as malnutrition. The EU and its humanitarian partners Oxfam and UNICEF are providing access to water and hygiene (WASH) to the Wayuu people. Water provided with EU support is used to clean, cook and to irrigate land for the cultivation of vegetables. Meanwhile, hygiene practice education helps to prevent illnesses such as diarrhoea which increases the risk of malnutrition. Learn more about WASH, and the EU in Colombia. Video by EU/ECHO
  22 Mar 2017   3m10s 4 48 0
Clean water for the Wayuu people of Colombia (Spanish version)
Description: La Guajira, Colombia, is home to the indigenous Wayuu people. A humanitarian crisis has resulted from seven years of drought; in 2016, 86 children lost their lives. Today nearly 900 families are severely affected by drought. The Wayuu people are battling to survive: they face food and water shortages, as well as malnutrition. The EU and its humanitarian partners Oxfam and UNICEF are providing access to water and hygiene (WASH) to the Wayuu people. Water provided with EU support is used to clean, cook and to irrigate land for the cultivation of vegetables. Meanwhile, hygiene practice education helps to prevent illnesses such as diarrhoea which increases the risk of malnutrition. Learn more about WASH, and the EU in Colombia. Video by EU/ECHO
  22 Mar 2017   3m10s 4 22 0
Refugees dream to stand united as a team
Description: Refugee communities are best placed to identify and propose the most efficient ways to improve their own everyday lives. In Trikala, Central Greece, the community decided to create a football team. After all, sport restores confidence, brings joy and purpose, teaches rules and discipline, and builds bridges between people. UNHCR, with the support of the European Commission, assisted with the realisation of the refugees’ initiative by providing the team with uniforms, new football shoes and transportation from the site to training and the football field when needed. The first “official” game of the Trikala Refugee Team vs. Heavy Metal United, a local team that participates in solidarity actions, ended with a 5 to 2 final victory to the refugees and whetted the appetite for more games in the future. Video by UNHCR
  20 Mar 2017   3m22s 2 17 0
EU aid in Iraq: medical care for people fleeing Mosul
Description: As the military operations to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continue, protection and assistance of civilians trapped in conflict areas, as well as support to the increasing number of people forcibly displaced, remains the utmost priority. Due to the high number of civilian casualties resulting from the fighting, emergency medical services are paramount to saving lives. In response to this, EU Humanitarian Aid Operations and their field partners have established a lifesaving chain of emergency medical services, from point of injury to final care, and physical rehabilitation. This includes ambulances for the collection and transport of those injured, field hospitals for immediate stabilisation and surgical care within the golden hour (the first hour after a serious accident when it is crucial that the victim receives emergency treatment), post-operative care, rehabilitation, and psychosocial support. Many displaced people will have experienced trauma and death before arriving to places like the Zelikan camp, 60km away from the front line. Confused, exhausted and living in fear, the harsh reality of war, not only has physical consequences, but also emotional scarring. In this camp, EU Humanitarian Aid Operations is supporting Action Contre La Faim for providing mental health and psychosocial assistance. Being under a high amount of stress for such a long time, takes its toll. This can make civilians in these situations more susceptible to illness. The response has ensured that primary care can take place on-site. Qualified medical staff and medication are in place to care for patients instantly so that they are protected from longer-term, untreated complications that can occur in conflict environments. This also means that medics can continuously monitor patient progress, while they are displaced. In Qarraayah hospital, its medical centre manager is treating up to 250 patients daily, many of whom would suffer further if these protective measures were not in place. With the uncertainty of the future in Iraq, the humanitarian response funded by EU Humanitarian Aid Operations will continue, to ensure the most effective protection and assistance of displaced civilians, until the day when it is safe for them to return home. Video: European Union 2016
  20 Mar 2017   2m29s 1 46 0
Colombia: Providing aid after FARC peace deal
Description: The ‘La Havana’ peace deal signed in August 2016 between Colombia and the main rebel group, FARC, started the process to end a 52-year armed conflict. The amended agreement was ratified in November 2016 despite being rejected by a referendum. Half a century of war has left over 200 000 people dead. In the past 20 years, 7.3 million were forced to flee. The peace deal in Colombia involved only one of its rebel groups. Several areas of the country are still hit by heavy fighting. According to official data, instability and clashes have pushed at least 58 000 people out of their homes last year but NGO numbers are much higher. According to the humanitarian organisations, between January 2014 and August 2016, on average 16 000 people were displaced every month in Colombia. Video by Euronews
  17 Mar 2017   5m21s 2 15 0
Providing emergency assistance to refugees in Serbia
Description: With the closure of the Western Balkans migration route in early 2016, the number of refugees stranded in Serbia now stands at over 7 500. The EU has allocated humanitarian funding of €20.1 million to Serbia which contributes to the provision of emergency assistance at 16 government shelters. This comes on top of €24.5 million of EU pre-accession aid allocated to the refugee crisis in Serbia. UNHCR is a major partner in providing different services at the government shelters which include the provision of food and access to health services. Video by UNHCR Serbia
  16 Mar 2017   4m48s 2 47 0
Protecting livelihoods in North Korea
Description: Due to its geographical location, floods are a regular feature in rural parts of North Korea where the majority of the population lives. In remote Bulgunbyol ri village of South Hamgyong province, for example, the river bursts its banks every year, flooding the surrounding farmlands, damaging homes and affecting the livelihoods of communities living in the area. With the support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Operations and the Finnish Red Cross (FRC), villagers have joined forces to build a new flood embankment to divert the flow of the water. The simple hand-made structure helps mitigate the risks of recurring floods in the area, thereby ensuring the livelihoods of villagers in Bulgunbyol ri and nearby communities are well safeguarded. Video by IFRC
  08 Mar 2017   2m7s 4 47 0
Helping Mongolian herders in extreme ‘dzud’ weather
Description: Situated in one of the most inhospitable regions of the planet, Mongolia is known for its long and harsh winters. However, when the ‘dzud’ climatic phenomenon strikes, winter reaches a whole other level. Unique to this part of the world, the cyclical, slow-onset disaster is characterised by a prolonged summer drought followed by a severe winter, which brings biting cold weather conditions, heavy snowfall and thick layers of ice blanketing vast swathes of the Mongolian steppes. This year, the ‘dzud’ has struck for the second year in a row. Over the last few months, it has already killed close to 50 000 heads of livestock, after more than one million had already perished during the 2015-2016 'dzud'. With herds being the only source of livelihood for most of the pastoralists, many families are struggling to cope. The European Commission has responded to the situation by teaming up with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in order to provide life-saving, cash assistance to herders living in extremely remote areas. Video by IFRC
  08 Mar 2017   3m54s 5 56 0
Improving life for displaced Somalis
Description: Conflict and drought have driven 1.1 million Somalis from their homes and into over-crowded settlements around the capital Mogadishu and other nearby towns. Most of the displaced rely on humanitarian aid to meet their basic needs such as water and sanitation. With funding from the European Commission, UNICEF is working to improve life in the settlements by installing or rehabilitating water points and sanitary facilities. These actions prevent disease and make life more dignified for thousands of people. Video by UNICEF
  08 Mar 2017   1m58s 3 27 0
Ex-child soldiers learn new skills
Description: Conflict is ever-present in Somalia where armed groups continue to recruit young boys and girls. Recently released, 900 children are being taught new skills such as mechanics, tailoring and carpentry in an effort to help them integrate back into society. The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Operations contributes funds to these trainings, which are organised by UNICEF and its local partners. The children also receive psychosocial support as a way of recovering from traumatic experiences and getting their lives back on track. Video by UNICEF
  08 Mar 2017   59s 4 22 0
How a community school in Greece makes refugee children happy
Description: In Thermopiles, central Greece, a community school has been created for refugee children has been in operation since October 2016. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with the support of the European Commission, provided all the required school materials: stationary, flip charts, books, bags. Children are taught Arabic, Mathematics and English by teachers, some of them refugees themselves. Having left insecurity behind and after happily returning to classes, the young students have now also begun Greece’s official school curriculum. Video by UNHCR
  07 Mar 2017   2m44s 4 64 0
Helping Somalis on the brink of famine
Description: Somalia is on the brink of famine. Half the population is experiencing food shortages and is in need of assistance. Malnutrition is also at emergency levels. There are 363 000 children suffering from acute malnutrition, one-fifth are in such severe state that they require immediate life-saving treatment. Support from the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department and other donors enables UNICEF to provide ready-to-use therapeutic food to the children and deliver health messages to their mothers. In 2016, the European Commission provided €2 million to UNICEF, helping them and their partners treat 96 000 children. Video by UNICEF
  06 Mar 2017   1m11s 2 85 0