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
As the winds and rains begin to recede, the true extent of the damage caused by Typhoon Mangkhut is only just starting to come to light, with more than 65 dead, dozens missing, thousands left homeless and acres of farmland submerged under water.
An Islamic Relief team, which has been on the ground assessing the damage in Cagayan and Cordillera Region, says that the isolated communities had been the hardest hit, with poorly built homes totally crumbling in the face of winds raging at more than 150-mile-per-hour.
INGOs working in Yemen are extremely worried about the new escalation of fighting in Hodeidah and the closure of key routes between Hodeidah city and the north and east of the country. The humanitarian catastrophe that has been unfolding in al-Durayhimi and the south of Hodeidah governorate will likely spread to the rest of the governorate and trigger another wave of internally displaced persons. Nearly 470,000 people have already fled Hodeidah since June, fearing for their lives amidst airstrikes and fighting on the ground.
Washington, D.C. — As a group of US-based humanitarian and development NGOs, we are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to stop funding programs that meet the basic needs of Palestinians at a time of acute suffering brought on by years of conflict and isolation.
Tens of thousands more civilians could die senselessly unless warring parties seize chance for peace, Islamic Relief warns
Warring parties in Yemen cannot afford to waste another opportunity to agree a meaningful ceasefire and halt the ever-escalating humanitarian crisis, Islamic Relief warns ahead of peace talks in Geneva.
The UN sponsored talks are the first to take place in more than two years, and must be a sized upon as an opportunity to resolve the conflict in which thousands have been killed.
Humanitarian organisations operating in Yemen strongly support and welcome the consultation meeting in Geneva as a first step being taken by parties to the conflict towards a political resolution.
As INGOs working in Yemen, every day we witness the devastating impact of the conflict on the lives of ordinary people, and the deteriorating humanitarian situation.
Save the Children's Yemen Country Director Tamer Kirolos said it was time to put an end to the suffering of millions of Yemeni children and their families.
Assault on Idlib ‘human tragedy’ leading to deadliest chapter of devastating conflict
Amid reports of airstrikes in Idlib, Islamic Relief warns of an impending humanitarian disaster in the northern Syria region.
At least five people have been killed, with several families reported to be still under the rubble following the airstrikes. One of the targets was a school and another strike was near a mosque, while the rest were mostly homes of ordinary people, through random strikes on populated areas. The majority of casualities are women and children.
A local aid agency supported by Islamic Relief is on the ground in flood-ravaged Kerala, distributing food to families affected by the worst floods in the southern Indian state since 1924.
The past week’s devastating floods have already claimed 325 lives. We are working with a local partner who have started food distributions in Wayanad, one of the most-affected districts. An additional emergency flood response team, with many years’ experience of dealing with floods in India, is on its way.
By Maryann Zamora, Islamic Relief Philippines
Almost three million people living in some of the most remote and dangerous areas of the world will be receiving meat as part of Islamic Relief’s Qurbani distributions, during the Eid Festival.
The international humanitarian and development organisation is distributing quality Qurbani meat in 35 countries across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, during Eid al-Adha, which this year is celebrated between 21-23 August.
Several earthquakes have occurred on the island of Lombok in Indonesia in the past few weeks. According to the Indonesian Government 321 people have died, over 1,000 people have been seriously injured, more than 270,168 have been made homeless.
The first strong earthquake hit the island on 29 July, it measured 6.4 on the Richter scale. This was followed by a series of aftershocks. On 5 August, the island was hit by another strong earthquake, this one measured 7.0 on the Richter scale.
International non-government organisations (INGOs) in Yemen strongly condemn horrific Coalition airstrikes on a bus transporting school children in Yemen yesterday. This bombing follows an unacceptable trend of attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure by parties to Yemen’s conflict. The killing of dozens of children has escalated the depravity of a war creating untold loss and destruction for people in Yemen.
An Islamic Relief team was distributing aid in North Lombok when a third earthquake struck today with a magnitude of 6.2, compounding the destruction from two earlier earthquakes.
Islamic Relief’s country director, Nanang Dirja, who is currently in Jenggala in West Nusa Tenggara, said:
“People were running for their lives and screaming in complete panic. Once the earthquake had subsided, people were wandering around and crying; pregnant women, mothers with babies, and the elderly. I saw at least four people who were badly injured.”
At least 91 people are officially reported as dead, and the death toll continues to rise after a huge 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday 5th August. It is also being reported that at least 40 people are trapped under a collapsed mosque in North Lombok.
Islamic Relief’s Country Director in Indonesia, Nanang Dirja, said: