By Michael Arunga, Programme Communications Advisor, Christian Aid.
One might be forgiven for assuming that any country overflowing with valuable natural resources is also, by definition, overflowing with wealth and prosperity. History, however, has taught us otherwise. This is certainly the case for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Rich in gold, gas, diamonds and other rare minerals, this vast nation is also home to one of the worst – and most under-reported – humanitarian crises of recent times.
On the fourth anniversary of South Sudan's deadly conflict, Christian Aid is renewing its call for urgent action to stem alarming levels of hunger and malnutrition in the country.
Ongoing violence and civil insecurity, which began on 15 December 2013, have crippled South Sudan's economy, created catastrophic food shortages and forced 4 million people to abandon their homes.
This Christmas, for every pound the public give to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal to support people living in poverty, the UK Government will also give a pound. That’s double the support for families struggling to feed themselves in South Sudan, meaning even more mothers and infants under-five in South Sudan will be saved from the life-threatening effects of malnutrition.
By Jane Backhurst, Senior Advisor for Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy at Christian Aid
Christian Aid welcomes the 35 pledges made at the UN-backed donor pledging conference for the Rohingya crisis, held on 23 October 2017. These pledges include the additional £12 million pledged by the UK, and €30 million pledged by the EU, to meet the $328 million gap in funding requirements identified previously by the UN.
The Policy and Advocacy Task Team of the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) 1 recognizes the continuing generosity of the Government and people of Bangladesh in keeping their borders open to the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and violence in Myanmar.
The GBVAoR, in support of the Bangladesh GBV Sub-Sector, calls upon donors and states to:
Christian Aid has launched an appeal to help all communities displaced by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and Rohingya Muslims who have crossed the country’s border into Bangladesh as refugees.
Figures show 412,000 Rohingya people have fled into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district since a fresh outbreak of violence erupted in Rakhine State on 25 August. A reported 210 villages have been destroyed in the north of the state, leading to an unknown number of displaced people within Myanmar.
“Action Against Hunger UK, ActionAid UK, Christian Aid, Save the Children UK and the International Rescue Committee UK strongly condemn the attacks carried out on 25 August. We are deeply concerned by the spiralling violence that has followed across Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. We are also concerned about reports of extensive loss of life of civilians and the immense suffering that is producing the displacement of thousands of people from their homes and livelihoods.
Christine Allen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid said:
“The situation in UK Overseas Territories like the British Virgin Islands, and many other places affected by Hurricane Irma, is awful. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by these latest natural disasters. As ever it is the poorest people who have suffered the most.
Christian Aid is assessing flood and wind damage in northern areas of Dominican Republic and Haiti battered by Hurricane Irma on Thursday. Many homes have been left flooded with crops and plantations ruined.
Winds of at least 160mph have damaged roofs and the excessive rain has caused flooding, devastating much of the land near the north coast and destroying infrastructure such as bridges.
Christian Aid in Haiti is bracing itself for the worst hurricane ever to be recorded in the Atlantic Ocean to hit. Hurricane Irma has been classed a category 5, the highest rating possible, which means it has the potential to cause mass devastation; destroying homes and lives in its path.
Christian Aid is preparing for Irma to strike Haiti on Thursday and Dominican Republic on Friday. It is working with local partners on evacuation plans and stockpiling provisions.
Christian Aid is bringing emergency relief to families in India, Nepal and Bangladesh as more than a thousand people have been killed and 40 million more affected by floods.
The charity has deployed £45,000 of emergency funds and is also using a further £200,000 from Irish Aid and the DFID-backed START fund to provide 4000 households with hygiene kits, tarpaulin, shelter materials and community water filters to provide safe drinking water. Elsewhere 20,000 families are being taught about good hygiene practices to protect themselves from diseases.
Christian Aid today welcomed Pope Francis’ call for more to be done for the massive numbers of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, natural disasters and the scourge of poverty. But the charity said it was telling that Governments have so far ignored the Pope’s call to include the largest group of people forced to flee –the forgotten 40 million people displaced within their own countries, which make up the majority the 65 million people fleeing their homes.
By Jane Backhurst, Christian Aid’s Senior Advisor for Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy
On World Humanitarian Day, August 19, the global community is being urged to take concrete steps to protect all those caught up in conflict, from civilians and aid workers, to refugees and internally displaced people.
A. Situation Report
The flood situation is continued in Bihar state. Total 16 districts affected. As per News paper 87 peoples died and D M office, Patna says that 72 died on till 16th August 2017. The affected districts are Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar, Araria, Madhepura, Supaul, East Champaran, West Champaran, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzzfarpur, Gopalganj, Sahrasa & Khagaria etc. The NDRF continued rescue work in wrost affected areas.
Christian Aid has today launched a public appeal for emergency funds to support its relief operation for families devastated by the flooding and mudslide disaster in Sierra Leone.
Some 3,000 people lost their homes after seasonal rains caused a landslide that submerged entire communities in Regent and its environs – a mountainous area on the outskirts of the capital city, Freetown.
Christian Aid is working alongside other non-governmental agencies in Sierra Leone to coordinate its response to the flooding and mudslides that have killed nearly 400 people in the capital city, Freetown.
Christian Aid’s programme team in Sierra Leone have been urgently assessing the needs of communities, after heavy seasonal rains triggered a deluge of mud and debris in the city’s Regent neighbourhood.
An estimated 3,000 people have lost their homes, while at least 600 individuals are still missing, according to authorities. Rescue efforts are continuing.
The Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) will join the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in evacuation and rescue operation in flood-hit districts of Bihar, even as no casualty was reported so far due to floods.
Of Bihar’s 38 districts, 14 district affected by flood. Total 65.37 Lakh population affected in the Bihar and total 3641 villages affected.
Severe affected districts:
Kishanganj, Araria, Katihar and Purnia were the worst affected by floods. Partialy affected districts:
A.1: Flood situation (Trasns border linkages- UP stream and Downstream)
Of the 16 mighty rivers whose water level was monitored on Saturday, at least 14 were flowing either above the danger-mark or showed a rising trend in the districts they flow by.
The number of flood-hit districts in UP has risen to 16 with more than 4.6 lakh people hit by the natural calamity.
Christian Aid’s emergency fundraising drive for East Africa’s hunger crisis has raised more than £2.1m in six months says the charity, as it urges the global community to do more to stop the scandal of mass starvation.
To date, Christian Aid and its local partners have helped nearly 75,000 people across Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan, since launching an emergency appeal in February.
With national elections taking place in Kenya tomorrow (Tuesday) faith leaders are hard at work to ensure that tribal violence doesn’t erupt like it has in the past.
Christian Aid is overseeing a project in Marsabit County in the north of the country which was a hotspot for violence in the last election in 2013. Before than in 2007, violence led to more than a thousand deaths across the country and the displacement of 600,000 people.