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Somalia: the fight to keep famine and disease at bay
Description: Somalia is one of four countries in Africa and the Middle East #facingfamine as a result of drought and conflict. While half of Somalis are facing food shortages, thousands of cholera and measles cases are adding to their woes. The EU has scaled up humanitarian assistance to try and keep famine at bay and prevent the malnourished and sick from dying. So far, the EU has provided €119 million in humanitarian assistance alone. It is mainly being used to give drought displaced people cash, ensure access to safe water, and provide treatment for malnutrition, cholera and measles. Video by UNICEF
  24 Jul 2017   3m1s 3 21 0

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A life beyond camps for refugees in Greece
Description: "We risked our lives through the sea, all this in the name of a better life for my children," says Asad Bairam, a refugee from Syria. His voice is just one of the thousands of refugees who have similar stories, who have found themselves in Greece. Greece has been a frontline receiver of people fleeing their war-torn countries, the sheer number of which has placed a great strain on the country's resources. Since the beginning of the crisis, living standards in camps have improved drastically; however, the priority has since shifted to helping refugees integrate into Greek society. The EU together with its humanitarian partner UNHCR and the Greek authorities are working together to provide refugees with a sense of normality through its ESTIA programme (Emergency Support To Integration and Accommodation) which provides refugees with dignified accommodation in the form of rented apartments and monthly cash assistance. With a roof over their head, living next door to Greek neighbours, cash assistance helps Asad and his family integrate in the local community. Asad can use money credited to a debit card to buy the necessities to cover his family's basic needs; this provides an opportunity for him to interact in Greek society while the money is fed into the local economy. Video by EU
  27 Jul 2017   6m19s 1 52 0
Bangladesh: Building resilience through reality TV
Description: Due to its unique geography, Bangladesh is highly exposed to a wide variety of natural hazards ranging from floods, cyclones, earthquakes, droughts and river erosion. Bangladesh is also the most densely populated country in the world which means even a small disaster can adversely affect a large number of people. To better prepare the population for future disasters, the European Commission has supported the BBC Media-run reality TV show Amrai Pari ('Together we can do it'), which visits villages in the most disaster-prone areas across the country as residents join hands to strengthen communities’ disaster preparedness capacities. It showcases simple, low-cost solutions to everyday problems that can be easily replicated, and stresses the importance of community work in bringing about change at the local level. After three seasons on air, research shows that close to half of the viewers have been inspired by the programme to actually change something in their life in order to better prepare themselves against natural disasters. Video by BBC Media Action
  25 Jul 2017   14m13s 1 18 0
How e-vouchers are transforming market shopping in DRC
Description: DR Congo has the sad honour of topping the list of countries with the most internally displaced people. More than half a million of the 3.8 million displaced live in the North Kivu province, where a whole host of armed groups continue to terrorise the population. With populations constantly on the move, EU humanitarian funds are channeled towards appropriate forms of emergency assistance. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is piloting the distribution of e-vouchers and organises food fairs. This is a fast and safe way of providing both the displaced and host communities with food and basic household items. Video by NRC
  24 Jul 2017   2m36s 2 17 0
Innovations in cash assistance help drought-stricken Kenya
Description: Half of Kenya is affected by severe drought and the government has declared a national drought emergency. The pastoralist Turkana have been particularly hard hit and it is women who often bear the burden of collecting water. With EU humanitarian funding, OXFAM has introduced an innovative way of ensuring access to water for drought-stricken communities. The E-wallet - an electronic card loaded with cash - provides beneficiaries relief when natural water sources have dried up and there’s no cash to buy water. The system has been rolled in Kenya’s Turkana county. Video by OXFAM
  24 Jul 2017   2m55s 2 11 0
Somalia: the fight to keep famine and disease at bay
Description: Somalia is one of four countries in Africa and the Middle East #facingfamine as a result of drought and conflict. While half of Somalis are facing food shortages, thousands of cholera and measles cases are adding to their woes. The EU has scaled up humanitarian assistance to try and keep famine at bay and prevent the malnourished and sick from dying. So far, the EU has provided €119 million in humanitarian assistance alone. It is mainly being used to give drought displaced people cash, ensure access to safe water, and provide treatment for malnutrition, cholera and measles. Video by UNICEF
  24 Jul 2017   3m1s 3 21 0
Aid Zone: Inside the rainforest's medicine cabinet
Description: In Bolivia, an EU-funded project is helping traditional healers share and enrich their ancestral knowledge. When floods and other disasters hit isolated rural communities in Bolivia, traditional medicine is often all they have in terms of health care. Over twenty indigenous communities are regularly flooded in the Amazon basin of Bolivia. That’s the case of Capaina, near San Buenaventura, along the river Beni. About 25 families of the Tacana ethnic group live there. Natural disasters can isolate communities for months, and traditional medicine is often the most effective first response to diseases. Doña Juanita and Doña Antonia are 'curanderas', or local healers who work with the EU-funded NGO Soluciones Pràcticas; they use their knowledge of traditional medicine to look after people. Video by Euronews
  24 Jul 2017   5m1s 1 12 0
Greek locals welcome refugee families
Description: In Kilkis, a small town in northern Greece, refugee families uprooted by conflict in Syria are welcomed by locals, volunteers, and members of the voluntary association Omnes. The families are gradually becoming part of the local community that once welcomed refugees of Greek origin. The Omnes association, with the support of the European Commission, and in collaboration with UNHCR’s partner Iliaktida, provides dignified accommodation in apartments for more than 300 children, women, and men. Video by UNHCR
  18 Jul 2017   4m2s 0 35 0
Emergency Social Safety Net: giving refugees choice
Description: The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), the EU's biggest humanitarian aid programme, helps vulnerable refugees living in Turkey by providing them with a debit card which is loaded every month to meet their most pressing basic needs. The most important advantage of this way of delivering aid, in addition to the cost efficiency of the cash transfer, is the freedom it provides people in need in deciding how to use the money they receive to cover essential needs like food, rent and bills. The ESSN was launched on 28 November 2016 and has already benefitted more than 750 000 refugees. This regular income makes a huge difference in the lives of very vulnerable people who left everything they had behind and fled Syria to seek refuge. Aysel is one of them. She applied for the ESSN and received her card with monthly top-ups of 120 Turkish Lira (roughly €30) per household member. The flexibility of the usage of this assistance is very important for her as a mother of two who takes care of her children alone. She does not feel as helpless as she used to be thanks to this regular income. Video by EU
  13 Jul 2017   1m56s 1 18 0
What is the Emergency Social Safety Net?
Description: The Syria conflict has triggered the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. With approximately 3 million registered Syrian refugees, the number of refugees in Turkey has reached over 3.2 million. Most of these refugees, who lost everything they had in the war, live outside of camps under very challenging circumstances with very few means to cover the basic cost of living. In order to support the Government of Turkey, local authorities and host communities, the European Union mobilised an initial grant of €348 million for its flagship humanitarian programme, the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN). The programme is implemented by World Food Programme (WFP), the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) and Turkish authorities. So far with the ESSN, over 750 000 refugees have been assisted with a debit card which is loaded every month with 120 Turkish Lira (roughly €30) per household member to meet their most pressing basic needs. The ESSN is innovative and revolutionary in terms of delivering humanitarian aid because it brings together humanitarian expertise and the reach of government services in order to meet people's needs in a cost-effective and quick manner. Video by EU
  13 Jul 2017   2m40s 1 17 0
Cash assistance for vulnerable families hit by drought in Kenya
Description: Over 3 million people in Kenya face starvation after three consecutive failed rains left almost half of the country’s counties in need of food assistance. Most of the affected populations live in pastoralist lands where livestock is the main source of livelihood. Since the beginning of the year, many families have lost all or almost all of their livestock. In February 2017, the Kenyan government declared the drought a "national disaster" and appealed for international help to deal with the crisis. In an emergency response to the crisis, the European Commission allocated €29 million in funding to humanitarian partners, providing cash assistance for food and providing critical nutrition supplies for infants and lactating women. With part of this funding, the Kenya Red Cross rolled out a cash transfer programme to the most vulnerable people in the arid north, giving out €30 per month to needy families. In recent years, the European Commission in Kenya, while strengthening coordination between humanitarian and development departments, has supported partners to help communities and authorities prepare for and respond to disasters Video by EU
  06 Jul 2017   2m54s 4 54 0
Building disaster-resilient communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
Description: Considered one of the most disaster-prone areas in Myanmar/Burma, the coastal state of Rakhine is no stranger to natural disasters ranging from floods, cyclones, landslides to earthquakes. More often than not, these events have a larger impact on those already highly vulnerable and who are least equipped to cope, such as the elderly, women, children, and people with disabilities. With the aim of helping at-risk communities in preparing and responding to disasters, the Myanmar Consortium for Community Resilience (MCCR), a consortium of humanitarian organisations formed with the support of the European Commission, has introduced an inclusive community-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) programme to include the most vulnerable groups in disaster preparedness activities. With knowledge and skills obtained during the programme, they are now able to protect themselves, their families and livelihoods. Video by ACF
  06 Jul 2017   3m24s 2 17 0