Appeals & Response Plans
- South Sudan: Floods - Sep 2017
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - Jul 2016
- South Sudan: Food Insecurity - 2015-2018
- South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - Jun 2015
- Sudan/South Sudan: Measles Outbreak - Mar 2015
- South Sudan: Kala-azar Outbreak - Sep 2014
- South Sudan: Floods - Aug 2014
- South Sudan: Cholera Outbreak - May 2014
- South Sudan: Measles Outbreak - Sep 2013
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Over the past year, drought, famine, ongoing conflict and food insecurity have continued to devastate the lives of families across East Africa.
Across South Sudan and Somalia, an estimated 11.2 million people are facing critical levels of food scarcity. With chronic water shortages, livestock and crops are failing. Food prices are rising and with a lack of safe water, communities are also vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses such as cholera, diphtheria and diarrhoea.
In 2016, we increased our humanitarian efforts in some of the world’s most challenging environments. As the war in Syria entered its sixth year, our £26.6 million emergency response programme supported over three million vulnerable people living in Syria as well as refugees in three neighbouring countries. In Iraq and Yemen, as the crises continued to shatter lives, we provided life-saving aid, often in areas that other organisations are unable to access.
Africa’s biggest refugee crisis
The situation in South Sudan is critical. What began as a political crisis in December 2013 fast escalated into in a large-scale civil war, resulting in the loss of over 50,000 lives, one million people on the brink of famine and the displacement of over 1.8 million people.
This is now the largest refugee crisis in Africa and the third largest in the world after Syria and Afghanistan.
Almost one million people have fled to Uganda, over 400,000 to Sudan and over 300,000 to Ethiopia.
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the British public, Islamic Relief has responded to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in East Africa by implementing £1 million of life-saving aid projects across the region.
Islamic Relief’s East Africa emergency appeal raised urgent funds to help the most vulnerable people and will help entire communities across the region.
Imran Madden, Director of Islamic Relief UK, said:
Drought and conflict in the region has left 22 million men, women and children in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Five million people across the region do not have a regular supply of safe drinking water and more than 800,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished.
Islamic Relief is stepping up its emergency relief operations in East Africa where more than 20 million people are on the brink of starvation. Severe drought conditions and lack of rainfall is raising fears of famine, equal to or worse than the 2011 Horn of Africa famine that killed 260,000 people in 2011.
“The international community has a moral obligation to rescue the lives of millions of people across East Africa, who are on the brink of starvation,” says Islamic Relief Worldwide’s (IRW) Head of East Africa, Yusuf Ahmed.
Efforts are being made to better understand and respond to the needs of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian crises. Islamic Relief has been chosen to be part of a three-year programme developed by a number of different organisations, academics and government bodies.
Islamic Relief Worldwide has today published its annual report for 2014, which gives details of income and expenditure – and the positive impact achieved for millions of vulnerable people.
In 2014, our total global income reached £182 million – a growth of £62 million since 2012 – and voluntary income rose to a record high of 79 per cent of our total income. This year saw even more spending carried out directly through our field offices worldwide.
Islamic Relief tricycle ambulances can mean the difference between life or death in South Sudan – as Akec found when bitten by a poisonous snake.
Since the crisis that broke out in December, 2013 in South Sudan, 1.3 million people are estimated to remain internally displaced across the country and just 449,000 people have fled the violence to neighboring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 IDPs sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan. This translates to one in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict began.
Amir Manghali, Regional Desk Coordinator for East Africa, blogs from Juba on the conditions facing displaced families in Mahad camp.
On 20 August, I visited Mahad IDP camp, together with Rose Juru Joushua, our Senior Programme Officer in Islamic Relief South Sudan.
The Qur’an commands us to welcome and provide for those forced to flee their homes – we aspire to be of those who “…show love for those who migrated to them for refuge and harbour no desire in their hearts for what has been given to them [the migrants]. They give them [the migrants] preference over themselves, even if they [the hosts] too are poor: those who are saved from their own souls’ greed are truly successful.” (59:9)
Islamic Relief is providing vital aid as South Sudan faces its first major humanitarian crisis since it was established as the world’s newest independent nation. Up to 7.3 million people are at risk of starvation.
Islamic Relief is providing vital assistance to thousands of people, including emergency shelter materials, clean water, sanitation, primary health care, hygiene kits and mosquito nets.
Juba, 12 May 2014 – On 20 May 2014, the international community will convene in Oslo, Norway, to discuss how to address the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. In just under five months since fighting erupted, the situation in South Sudan has deteriorated severely, causing 1.3 million people to flee from their homes, including an estimated 300,000 to neighboring countries. Over 4 million people, including over 2.5 million children, are extremely vulnerable to food insecurity, as people have been displaced from their sources of survival. This crisis is worsening on a daily basis.
Islamic Relief has completed a livelihood support project in Warrap, South Sudan, which has helped thousands of farmers to improve their farming yield.
We provided 250 farmers with agricultural tools including axes, hoes, rakes and harvesting blades. We distributed around 15 tons of seeds to allow them to grow key ingredients in South Sudanese diets- sorghum, peanuts, black-eyed peas, sesame, tomato, cabbage and okra.