Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Luban - Oct 2018
- Somalia: Polio Outbreak - Aug 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
Most read reports
- Aid agencies estimate that 4.2 million people in Somalia will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2019
- Somalia CCCM Cluster Dashboard - December 2018
- National Micronutrient Survey launched in Somalia [EN/SO]
- Somalia’s government reassures UN of its solidarity and support
- 2019 Somalia Humanitarian Needs Overview
By Charles Gaudry, Head of Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Kenya
23 June 2015
This opinion piece was originally published in the Daily Nation, Kenya, on June 19th 2015.
It is almost 25 years since the first people fleeing war in Somalia settled in Ifo refugee camp, in Kenya’s northeastern province, marking the beginning of what was to become the Dadaab refugee complex. Today, it is the largest in the world.
In 2012 New Zealand Red Cross Refugee services reviewed Its framework and services for resettlement of refugee youth ages 12-24. Information was gathered in focus groups or interviews with 76 people including youth, parents, Red Cross Refugee services’ staff and representatives of community groups and government agencies. The Review confirmed staff concerns and Informal feedback from youth and Refugee-background communities that experiences of resettling in New Zealand did not always meet the youths’ and their parents’ hopes and expectations for life In their new country.
As millions of vulnerable people across the Horn of Africa face a life threatening battle for food, New Zealand Red Cross has committed $30,000 to assist with relief operations.
A recent report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the Federation) indicates that over 20 million people across Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are living on the margins of survival due to complex cocktail of drought, conflict, displacement and poverty.
The New Zealand public have now donated more than $3.2 million to the Red Cross South Asia Tsunami appeal.
"This is the most money ever raised from public donations to a New Zealand Red Cross emergency appeal," Operations Manager Andrew McKie said today. "It highlights how greatly this tragedy has touched New Zealanders and just how much people everywhere want to help."
New Zealand Red Cross gave $4.2 million following an appeal for the Rwanda crisis in 1995.
A Kiwi Red Cross worker co-ordinating aid distributions in disaster-struck South Asia says New Zealanders donating to the Red Cross South Asia Tsunami appeal can be assured their money will be well-used.
New Zealand Red Cross delegate Douglas Clark is based at the South Asia Red Cross headquarters in Colombo, liasing with governments, the UN and other aid agencies to co-ordinate relief delivery in the region.
Speaking from Colombo today, Mr Clark says the generosity of New Zealanders has been staggering.