Christian Aid has hailed the arrival of a new global campaign launched today by United Nations agencies and charities, to emphasise the need for urgent and renewed action on the problem of internal displacement.
Launched on the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, the new campaign is a ‘proud moment’ for the international community, says Christian Aid, as the charity continues to raise awareness of those fleeing their homes as a result of conflict, violence and climate change, yet who remain within their own countries.
The Western leaders’ war game over Syria is ignoring the civilians it claims to protect.
"Syria does not need short-lived bursts of moral outrage. It needs a plan for peace from courageous leaders in the international community, including a reinvigoration of the flagging Geneva process. Real moral outrage should be sustained, spur meaningful action for peace and should reach to include increasing the numbers under refugee resettlement programmes in the UK, USA and France – none of which can be claiming to do enough.
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*This news release has been updated to reflect two additional signatories, bringing the final number to 47.
Christian Aid has issued the following statement in response to deadly attacks on staff members from two South Sudanese NGOs, including a partner organisation:
"Last weekend a staff member of UNIDO, one of Christian Aid's partners in South Sudan, was shot and killed near Leer in Unity, where they had been working in a health facility.
"In a separate attack a staff member of Hope Restoration, an organisation close to Christian Aid, was killed in Bentiu, also in Unity.
Last week’s seventh anniversary of the Syrian conflict was marked by hundreds of civilian deaths in the besieged area of Eastern Ghouta. The death toll is now well over 1,500.
Commenting on the mass displacement from Eastern Ghouta and Afrin,
Máiréad Collins, Advocacy Officer for Syria, Iraq and Lebanon at Christian Aid, said:
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Colombia will engage in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in May 2018. The UPR is a state-driven human rights review process at the UN Human Rights Council. This mechanism is used to assess the human rights records of all UN Member States. During the UPR process, other UN Member States can make recommendations to the state under review. ABColombia has written a briefing with suggested recommendations that could be made to the Colombian government by the Republic of Ireland.
Conditions near the Syrian capital are so desperate that women are giving birth underground and people who venture out in the daytime risk injury or death from the relentless bombing, Christian Aid is warning.
The onslaught against people, schools and hospitals in the besieged Eastern Ghouta area of rural Damascus is so overwhelming that those still alive have retreated to cellars and basements without water or electricity.
“Conditions for people trapped in Eastern Ghouta amount to a living hell,” said Christian Aid’s Máiréad Collins.
Twenty years since the launch of landmark UN principles on internally displaced people, designed to protect those forced from their homes yet remaining in their own country, Christian Aid is calling on governments to take action to ensure their rights are recognised.
Outlining its policy on dealing with claims of sexual harassment, Christian Aid said:
Since 25 August 2017, an estimated 655,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, increasing the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar to 867,000. New arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements with increasing need of humanitarian assistance, including improved shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation.
Bangladeshi host communities
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: