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22 Jul 2009 description

Five per cent of all global donations for Myanmar disaster relief came from UK public

The Disasters Emergency Committee's annual report, published today (22 July 2009) at its Annual General Meeting, highlights the ongoing generosity of the British public and the difference that their donations make to the lives of disaster survivors in poorer countries.

In the past 12 months, the UK public has donated over £24 million to three Disasters Emergency Committee appeals, enabling Member Agencies* to deliver emergency humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in …

13 Jul 2009 description

Message from the Chairman

I welcome this opportunity to introduce you to our Annual Report which highlights this year's three appeals. Through the DEC, the UK public have given our Member agencies over =A324 million for crises where politics or conflict have complicated or exacerbated the suffering we aim to address.

Most of you will know that following the escalation of the conflict in Gaza and the resulting humanitarian crisis, we took the decision to launch an appeal.

20 Nov 2008 description

Leading UK aid agencies are today (Thursday, November 20) appealing to the public for urgently needed funds to help ease the increasingly desperate plight of people affected by the recent upsurge of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Launching the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Congo (DR) Crisis Appeal, chief executive Brendan Gormley said while aid was getting through to those affected, a massive scale-up was required.

More than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to escape the fighting in recent weeks, adding to more than one million already …

25 Jan 2002 description

Tremors continue to shake the area around Goma and at least a thousand homes are reported to have collapsed in Gisenyi, in north west Rwanda. Hungry and homeless, people who have already lost so much face yet more uncertainty.

24 Jan 2002 description

Tens of thousands of people lost everything when the volcano near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, erupted. Now, as they return to their stricken town, many face hardship. The eruption has further damaged an already fragile infrastructure in this poverty stricken region. Some of the UK's most well-known charities are launching a joint appeal to help the people deal with the consequences of this disaster in one of the poorest and most war-torn countries of the world.