Humanitarian and civil society agencies working in Rakhine State in Myanmar and in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are deeply concerned that the repatriation of refugees will commence in mid-November, according to an announcement of the Joint Working Group of the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on 30th October.
The Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have made assurances to the refugees and the international community that repatriation will only happen when it is safe, voluntary and dignified. We call on both governments to stand by their commitments.
MAF disaster response staff are on the ground in St. Maarten, an island nation in the Caribbean that has been devastated by Hurricane Irma. They are assessing the situation to determine how MAF can use its aviation and communication services to best help those in need. An airplane from MAF-Suriname is headed to St. Maarten to join the relief efforts aiding islands in the area.
This morning the MAF team in Haiti completed an aerial survey over the northern part of the country, which was hardest hit by Hurricane Irma. Although they observed water in some fields and other places it shouldn’t have been, the team saw little damage.
KUTACANE, Indonesia — A massive mudslide occurred on Wednesday, April 12, at 6:00 a.m. in the district of Kutacane on the island of Sumatra, about a 1.5 hour flight from Banda Aceh, where an MAF base is located.
MAF’s Aceh program conducted a flight for a group from Banda Aceh that is aiming to provide temporary shelters as well as a kitchen in order to feed people who have evacuated their homes. This NGO is doing assessments to determine how they can recruit workers to help the people of Kutacane.
It has been another busy day for the team as many NGOs and relief works are trying to identify where to target their work following yesterday’s second earthquakes. The team have received stories that there are many remote communities who had not yet received aid following the first earthquake – and now have been hit again. The need for the helicopter service increases every day and since the facility started last weekend the helicopter teams have been taking off or landing on average every 18 minutes, during the 10-hour daylight operational window they can work in.
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has begun providing helicopter transportation to remote areas of Nepal hard-hit by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on April 25. MAF is also assisting authorities and relief agencies at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with ramp management and planning, cargo handling, warehousing logistics and coordination.
Aid agencies warn of famine next year as upsurge in fighting imminent
Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by 1 million in first three months of 2015
A group of leading aid agencies warned today that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worse food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.
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.
Juba, South Sudan, 25th January 2014 - Fifty-five major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Sudan have expressed their deep concern about the current humanitarian situation in the country and reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilian populations in need of assistance.
Local Haitian Boy's Aid Delivered to Orphanage
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Since its arrival Saturday in Port-au-Prince, the new MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) KODIAK airplane has been in continual daytime use as an air ambulance, delivering victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake and doctors from around the world to undamaged hospitals in rural Haiti.
Among the relief cargo on the KODIAK that MAF delivered to orphanages were the two boxes of supplies collected by 9-year-old Moise Salois of Nampa.
NAMPA, Idaho - MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has deployed a new KODIAK airplane and four crew members to join its fleet of three aircraft already serving the relief effort following the massive earthquake in Haiti Jan.
Reports from MAF Staff in Haiti
MAF remains at the center of international rescue, relief and recovery efforts following the Jan. 12 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince. The following are first-hand accounts from the front lines:
John Woodberry, MAF Disaster Response/Security Manager:
?Jan. 15: We received a call to go to the airport to receive aid workers, but ran into a traffic jam on a primary thoroughfare. We detoured on an unfamiliar side street, which forked. I was about to go left when a motorcycle passed me.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) hangar at Port-au-Prince's small international airport is playing a vital role in facilitating dozens of relief flights into devastated Haiti that otherwise would be turned away.
As the airport was having difficulty accommodating all the aircraft trying to enter Haiti, MAF workers approached Air Force controllers to offer logistics support as well as space at MAF's hangar, said John Woodberry, MAF manager of disaster response and security. As a result, the many more relief flights are now arriving at …
Ministry's History in Haiti and Knowledge of the Land, Culture and Language Invaluable to Outside Groups Bringing Aid
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The MAF presence in the devastated nation of Haiti has transitioned into full disaster response mode, as the team began working with Samaritan's Purse to provide relief to the suffering people.
"MAF has been ministering in Haiti since 1986. We know the country, the culture and the language," said John Boyd, MAF president. "This experience and knowledge will be invaluable to groups coming to Haiti to help.
All MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) missionary staff in Haiti are uninjured following a devastating earthquake that measured 7.0 on the Richter scale.
"We are grateful to God for his protection of our missionary staff," said John Boyd, MAF president and CEO. "We do not yet know the status of our Haitian staff members, and ask for your prayers for all the people of Haiti during this time of great sorrow."
Thousands of people are believed to be dead, and tens of thousands may have lost their homes.
Commercial Jets Get Through; MAF Returns to Its Missions Work
Nampa, ID-10-07-09-After commercial jets were able to get through, MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has halted its emergency relief and assessment flights to Indonesia's city of Padang, which was devastated by a massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake.
"Once the large Boeings were able to come in to Padang airport, MAF emergency services were no longer needed," said John Woodberry, MAF disaster response/security manager.
The quake …
Aviation Ministry Transports Relief and Assessment Teams Amid Devastation
Nampa, ID-10-01-09-Responding to Indonesia's massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake, MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) has flown in an assessment team to the devastated city of Padang, in the coastal region of western Sumatra.
The quake hit Sept. 30, destroying hundreds of buildings and homes, triggering landslides, knocking out power and cutting off roads into the city of approximately 900,000 people. Amid the fires and flooding, thousands are expected to die.
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti-09-29-08-MAF continues to bring relief to those who lost their homes and possessions, following four storms that created widespread damage in Haiti.
MAF has delivered more than four tons of beans, rice and oil to the village of Anse Rouge, as roads slowly begin to open. But some areas are still without food, reported Will White, MAF pilot. The food that is getting through is used up quickly, he said.
United Nations World Food Programme said it would not release food to MAF staff unless U.N.
ANAHUAC, Texas-09-24-08-MAF is providing critical satellite telephone and Internet access for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other relief workers in Chambers County, Texas. The county sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Ike earlier this month.
MAF staff arrived in Anahuac on Monday, Sept.