(Dakar, 17 août 2018) – Dans le cadre de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, la communauté humanitaire d’Afrique de l’ouest et du centre se réunit ce vendredi à Dakar en solidarité avec les personnes affectées par les crises humanitaires et la violence des conflits de la région. Le Bureau des Nations unies pour la Coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA) souligne que plus en plus de civils sont la cible directe ou indirecte d’incidents majeurs et que les humanitaires sont également victimes d’attaques croissantes dans cette partie du monde.
Maiduguri, 17 August 2018 – We mark World Humanitarian Day every year on 19 August, to express solidarity with people affected by humanitarian crises and pay tribute to the humanitarian workers who help them.
This year’s commemoration marks the fifteenth anniversary since the attack on the United Nations in Baghdad, Iraq, in which 22 of our colleagues were killed. Since that tragedy, which led to this day’s designation as World Humanitarian Day, over 4,000 humanitarians have been killed, injured, detained or kidnapped. That is an average of 300 cases every year.
In remembrance of humanitarians killed in the line of duty, a 'living petition' was launched, calling on world leaders to take action to protect civilians and aid workers.
By Adele Harmer, Partner at Humanitarian Outcomes
As we approach World Humanitarian Day, the latest numbers from the 2018 Aid Worker Security Report find us in a familiar place. The emphasis changes slightly year on year, but the overall picture for attacks on aid workers remains persistently, and unacceptably, high.
WHAT: Living petition installation to mark World Humanitarian Day
HOW: Global citizens will be asked to sign the living petition starting August 15th by taking a selfie that will be uploaded live to a 3D installation to be presented to the General Assembly. People's faces will be projected onto this socially-powered installation
WHEN: 17 August - 30 September 2018
WHERE: General Assembly visitors entrance. 46th St & 1st Ave, New York
Nearly 860,000 people assisted every year since 2008 thanks to the CAR Humanitarian Fund
It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad: “the darkest day in our lives at the United Nations”, in the words of then Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Andrew Clapham is one of the staff who survived the 19 August 2003 blast and have been reflecting on the tragedy — the first time the UN was deliberately targeted on a massive scale.
Kabul, 13 August: “Residents of Ghazni City have seen their city turn into a battlefield since Friday morning, with fighting and clashes reportedly still ongoing. We have received initial reports of a number of civilian casualties and of people trying to reach safe areas outside of the city,” said Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan.
Près de 860 000 personnes atteintes tous les ans depuis 2008 grâce au Fonds Humanitaire RCA
Today, the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, called on the Israeli authorities to immediately allow the entry of UN-purchased emergency fuel into the Gaza Strip.
“Restricting the entry of emergency fuel to Gaza is a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza,” said Mr. McGoldrick. “The well-being of two million people, half of whom are children, is at stake. It is unacceptable that Palestinians in Gaza are repeatedly deprived of the most basic elements of a dignified life.”
The first six months of 2018 have been difficult for millions of Congolese, whose lives have been affected by violence, diseases and uncertainty over where their next meal will come from.
Bangui, le 6 août 2018 – Au cours du premier semestre 2018, le cluster protection a recensé 6, 629 incidents de protection dans la République centrafricaine (RCA). Dans la même période, 5 acteurs humanitaires ont perdu la vie alors qu'ils apportaient de l'aide aux personnes dans le besoin. Un sixième personnel humanitaire a été tué le 1er août à Alindao dans le Sud - Est de la RCA.
Bangui, 6 August 2018 – In the first half of 2018, the protection cluster has recorded 6,629 protection incidents in the Central African Republic (CAR). In the same period, 5 humanitarian actors have lost their lives while on duty. A sixth humanitarian staff was killed on 1 August in Alindao, in south-eastern CAR.
Since September 2000, citing security concerns, Israel has tightened restrictions on Palestinian access to land located along the northern and eastern side of the perimeter fence in Gaza, which have fluctuated over time.
At its widest extent, the access restricted area (ARA) included a ‘no go area’ reaching up to 500 metres on the Gaza side of the fence, and a ‘high risk area’, based on Palestinian risk perceptions, extending from the ‘no go area’ up to 1,500 metres from the fence.
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A drought-affected mother in Afghanistan
After two years of failed rains, a desperate 19-year-old Maryam, her husband, their two children and her mother-in-law moved from Ghormach, in Badghis Province, north-west Afghanistan, to Herat City, some 200 km away. The family arrived with two blankets, which they sold to buy food.
(Amman, 30 July 2018): The UN has reiterated its call for the safety and protection of local aid workers inside Syria, who remain on the frontline in delivering life-saving assistance to millions of women, children and men in all areas.
Sana’a, 29 July 2018 – On 26, 27 and 28 July, airstrikes occurred near a reproductive health centre and public laboratory in Hodeidah and hit and damaged a sanitation facility in Zabid and a water station, which supplies the majority of the water to Hodeidah City.
“For weeks, we’ve been doing everything possible to help hundreds of thousands of people living in and near Hodeidah” said Ms. Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “These airstrikes are putting innocent civilians at extreme risk.”