Extreme weather in Lebanon has left thousands of Syrian refugees without shelter and protection, as strong winds, heavy rain and snowfall battered the country last week – blowing away hundreds of tents and makeshift homes.
Flash flooding, caused by unusually heavy rainfall, has forced over 12,000 people to abandon their homes in refugee camps in northern Syria in freezing conditions and the number could significantly rise in the next few days.
The heavy rainfall which began on 26 December has washed away hundreds of canvas tents housing displaced people in various informal camps along the Turkish border.
Ahmed Mahmoud, Islamic Relief’s Syria spokesman said:
Islamic Relief (IR) is working tirelessly to assist people affected by the latest tsunami to hit the nation.
The tsunami was triggered by an eruption at the Anak Krakatau volcano. It happened during a high tide brought about by a full moon on 22 December 2018 at 21:27, according to the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) and the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG).
Nanang Dirja Islamic Relief Indonesia, Country Director, said:
“Families are still extremely frightened – some have lost loved ones, others their homes – and the threat of further tsunamis, earthquakes or a more aggressive eruption by Anak Krakatau cannot be ruled out.
“While some people have started to go back, others are telling us they cannot yet face the reality of what they will find amidst the rubble of what was once their homes and their communities.
Islamic Relief is helping families in desperate need following a terrifying tsunami in Indonesia.
We are supporting survivors of the disaster, which struck popular tourist spots on the Sunda Strait overnight on Saturday.
Believed to have been caused by underwater landslides following volcanic eruptions, the giant waves hit at around 9.20pm. There was no warning.
More than 200 people are known to have died, and more than 840 were injured. With many more people still missing, the number of casualties is expected to rise further in the coming days and hours.
Written by Marine Bourgeois December 18, 2018
As the plane lands in Nairobi, I can’t help but think back to the previous visits I’ve made to East Africa. I’ve travelled across lush mountainous landscapes where rainfall guarantees harvests. This time however, I know that my visit will be quite the opposite.
Humanitarian organisations in Yemen congratulate parties to the conflict on the cooperation and persistence that have led to the most positive agreements seen for Yemeni civilians in more than three years. These represent a significant step on the road to real and lasting peace in Yemen and could have a transformative impact on a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people.
Tufail Hussain, Interim Director of Islamic Relief UK said:
“Islamic Relief UK welcomes today’s agreement, which could be a major step forward for the people of Yemen, especially those in Hodeida who are on the very frontline of a conflict that is causing the displacement of thousands of people every month and leaving many more lives at risk. As one of the largest INGOs operating in Yemen, we know that without a de-escalation of the crisis, hundreds of thousands of people need humanitarian assistance to survive.
Written by Tasfia Salek
We recently welcomed International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls on 25th November. Indeed, this date starts off the period now broadly known as 16 days of Activism to eliminate Violence against women and girls (VAWG) where men and women worldwide are called to speak out on issues that are too often neglected – including the terrible practice of early and forced marriage. Shockingly, 1 in 5 girls worldwide is married before the age of 18. This comes with heavy emotional, physical, sexual and financial consequences.
International NGOs working in Yemen welcome the upcoming political consultations in Sweden. After almost four years of conflict in Yemen, up to 14 million people – 50 per cent of Yemen’s population - do not know where their next meal will come from. An estimated 85,000 children under five are presumed to have died from extreme hunger or disease since 2015.
*Salem Jaffer Baobid, Islamic Relief’s Hodeida project coordinator, said: *
Last night there was fighting again, and I could hear bombing and heavy shelling in the direction of the port.
The last few days have been quieter, but no one here really thinks that this will last. No one has faith in the peace process or believes that it will succeed.
Islamic Relief has been using the lull to stockpile emergency supplies, mainly food rations, in the city.
Ahmad Aldamen, senior programme for Islamic Relief based in Idlib, said:
The bombing over the weekend was heavier than usual and had tragic consequences; several children lost their lives. It also led to large-scale displacement.
In areas where there is bombing every day like Northern Hama, there are less casualties as people go underground and they are better prepared.
Salem Jaffer Baobaid, Islamic Relief’s Project Coordinator in Hodeida, said on Friday 16 November:
In response to the statement from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for a ceasefire in Yemen in 30 days last night, Naser Haghamed, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide, said:
“Tuesday’s statement from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for a ceasefire in 30 days is welcome but the people of Yemen need far more. We need a ceasefire today – not tomorrow, next week or next month.
By Mai (Maryann) Zamora, Islamic Relief Philippines
Islamic Relief Philippines, a faith inspired international humanitarian and development organisation, provided aid to 355 families or 1,775 people affected by Typhoon Mangkhut through shelter repair kits and farm inputs in Baggao, Cagayan Valley.
Farm inputs and shelter kits are two of the priority needs identified during the joint assessment conducted by in-country humanitarian organizations to the affected families in the provinces of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region, north Philippines.
Islamic Relief and local partner organisations are assisting rescue and aid efforts in Donggala and Palu, as the death toll from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia continues to rise and could reach in the thousands.
Staff members from our local partner organisation PKPU drove for over 17 hours and slept on pavements to arrive in Donggala as quick as they could and were among the first to respond. They are helping to clear the rubble, pull out the dead bodies and transport injured people to nearby medical centres.
A call for renewal and strengthening of the mandate for the Group of Eminent Experts
United Nations Human Rights Council
26th September 2018
Item 10, Technical assistance and capacity building – ID on HC report on Yemen
This statement is made on behalf of Save the Children and 17 civil society organisations, including organisations with current operations in Yemen.
Humanitarian Crisis in Free Fall
After almost four years of conflict, and despite all efforts to halt displacement, hunger and disease, Yemen remains the worst humanitarian crisis on earth. The suffering inflicted on Yemeni people is entirely manmade and will continue to deteriorate rapidly on all fronts without actions to end the violence.
57 leaders of faith and religious organisations, groups and communities, call for national governments and their leaders to ensure that internally displaced people get the help they need