(Kulto, 14th September 2017) - Today, Angola is still suffering the aftermath of a civil war lasting more than three decades and the heritage of colonialism. People in Need (PiN) decided more than 10 years ago to bring help to the inhabitants of this country. A permanent mission was set up in the province of Bié which was one of the regions most ravaged by war and poverty. In the first years PiN field workers concentrated on the renewal or improvement of the quality of elementary education and the development of agriculture and markets in the rural areas.
Aleppo, Idlib (2nd October 2017) - **At 2:00 am, September 27th, the airstrike hit Batabo village in Aleppo governorate. The airstrike hit the school building levelling one of its two blocks with the ground. The school which has been supported by People in Need was meant to accomodate more than 330 students this year. Today, its six classes are out of service and most of the school furniture is broken into pieces.
Humanitarian Organizations call for immediate humanitarian access to those in need:
One month since the 25 August attacks and subsequent security response, INGOs in Myanmar are increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State.
Canvasses of sand-covered tents sit slumped in the hills outside Mosul, in Northern Iraq. These abandoned tents recently bulged with families displaced by the conflict between the Iraqi Government and its allies against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL). We are 40 kilometres away from Mosul, on the way to the village of Bawiza where People in Need (PIN), with funding from Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF), is getting to work restoring education in schools which have been under ISIL rule since 2014.
With the aim of reducing the vulnerability of the Cambodian population to floods, PIN has co-developed and piloted the use of automated water gauges. Automated water gauges have substantially improved the responsiveness of Cambodia’s Early Warning System to floods by continuously recording water levels and transmitting the data for immediate evaluation.
Increased food insecurity levels in NGCA: as many as 26% (up from 13%1 ) or up to 800,000 people in Donetska and Luhanska NGCA were found to be severely or moderately food insecure with 5,2% (up from 1.7%) or 150,000 people among those being severely food insecure.
After more than six years of relentless fighting in the country without any sight of end, Syrian crisis remains among the largest humanitarian emergencies of our time. Fearing for their lives millions of Syrians continue to flee their homes, living behind everything they used to know. According to estimates, the majority of Syrians lost their livelihood and currently four out of five live in poverty.
Dundo (4th September 2017) – Violence and ethnic tensions in the Kasai Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has forced over 33,000 Congolese to seek safety in Angola's Lunda Norte Province since April this year. Refugees coming from DRC are reporting serious fighting, sexual and human rights abuses and a shortage of basic items.
Kathmandu (23rd August) - Sixteen million people are affected by severe flooding across Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, according to International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC). The southern belt of Nepal has been the worst hit by the torrential rains, with at least 141 people reported dead and over 20 more still missing. Over 150,500 families have been displaced due to the floods and more than 336,000 have been affected. The flood is estimated to have destroyed almost 65,000 houses and damaged an additional 120,000 homes.
Prague (15th August 2017) – While millions of people flee war-torn countries trying to find safe havens for themselves and their families, a far larger number of them are forced to remain, despite the continued fighting, and they often fall victim to the attacks. According to UN data, more than 32,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in armed conflicts in 2016. In 90 per cent of these cases, the attacks happened in populated civilian areas.
In Cambodia, PIN has started using drones for the collection of elevation imagery intended for the production of maps. Drones have enabled the fast and affordable procurement of high quality imagery, and thus have increased the cost-effectiveness of mapping exercises and accelerated the Disaster Risk Reduction efforts of PIN in the country.
The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo city began in July 2012. Since then, the strategically important city had been divided between east and west: opposition and Government control. In December 2016, after four and a half years of intense fighting, the Syrian Government recaptured the eastern neighbourhoods of the city, displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. In April 2016, pro-Government forces began encircling Aleppo’s eastern neighbourhood. Those from the east who had the means to flee did. The rest remained, either out of principle or out of poverty.
Prague, Colombo (24th July 2017) Floods and landslides triggered by heavy torrential rains in Sri Lanka at the end of May have destroyed 2,500 houses and partially damaged almost 16,000 houses. These floods, worst since 2003, have affected as many as 630,000 people, of which one third are children. 15 out of Sri Lanka`s 25 districts have been afflicted; its southwestern districts of Galle, Kaluthara, Matara and Ratnapura have been hit the hardest.
In the nearly 9 months following the beginning of military operations to retake the city of Mosul, 933,000 individuals have been displaced. On the 9th of July, the military campaign to retake Mosul was officially declared ended. 224,000 people were able to return home once the neighbourhood they were living in was retaken. Nevertheless, 709,000 Mosul residents remain displaced in the Mosul corridor in Ninewa governorate. Approximately 53% of the displaced live with host communities, while the remaining individuals live across 19 camps and emergency sites.
A few years ago, a well-known relief and development organization published a refreshingly honest review of all the mistakes its teams had made when collecting and analysing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data. When reading the report, I recognized the same mistakes I had seen in many other organizations.
This needs assessment was conducted by People in Need (PIN) and Rebuild Hope for Africa (RHA) in October 2016, in order to identify needs on the Punia-Kasese axe – which is typically considered “inaccessible” due to the extremely poor condition of the road. The assessment was also prepared to clarify feasible intervention modalities, in order to inform project design. This initial findings document precedes the full assessment report, and its purpose is to share key data with OCHA and partners rapidly in order to support humanitarian planning.
This Key Findings document summarises the data collected from the first group of neighbourhoods covered by PIN’s ongoing multi-sectorrapid needs and market assessment of neighbourhoods in eastern Mosul in February 2017. Data has so far been collected from 19 neighbourhoods in total, with this report presenting the findings for the first 9, as outlined below.
Extreme winter weather, termed ‘dzud’, has hit Mongolian herders once again. The phenomenon which appears approximately once in decade has unusually appeared for the second consecutive winter in a row. Seventeen out of twenty-one provinceshave officially declared being affected with dzud. The most vulnerable people are now the herders who did not have enough time to recover from the damages from last year.