Governments, UN agencies and aid organisations must unlock extra funds to help protect local humanitarian workers from death and injury when serving in conflict zones, Christian Aid has said.
The charity is urging global donors to give grassroots organisations the means to reduce security threats facing staff who risk their lives in humanitarian service within their own countries and communities. This call comes ahead of the United Nations’ annual World Humanitarian Day, this Sunday.
We, the undersigned humanitarian and human rights organisations, strongly condemn the major attacks that hit a fish market and the entrance to Yemen's largest hospital, Al Thawra, in Hodeidah on 2 August, which reportedly killed over 40 civilians, including children. Hospitals are protected under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and parties to the conflict are obliged to do everything possible to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, emphasised in her condemnation of the attack.
Christian Aid has called for peace and an end to violence in Zimbabwe as post-electoral violence remains a critical concern in Harare.
Clashes arose between supporters of opposition party, MDC Alliance, and military forces after parliamentary results gave victory to the ruling Zanu-PF party, formerly led by Robert Mugabe. These resulted in three people being shot dead by the army and a number of people beaten and harassed.
Dear Foreign Secretary,
We are writing to welcome you in your new role as Foreign Secretary and urge you to make the crisis in Yemen your immediate priority. We welcome the regular engagement we have had with your officials and ministerial team and hope we can continue to work together constructively to address the deteriorating situation.
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