Children affected by war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are tired. They are tired of violence and hunger, tired of fear and uncertainty. They are tired of not having their experiences or views heard on issues affecting them. Rarely are they asked how conflict affects them and what would make their lives better. They want to use their voices but are excluded in local and global debates on the crisis and the future of the DRC.
Des millions de personnes touchées par la crise humanitaire en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) sont exposées à une aggravation de la faim et à une augmentation des maladies et des décès en raison d’un manque crucial de financement de la réponse humanitaire, alerte une coalition réunissant 20 ONG internationales à l’occasion de la conférence des bailleurs se réunissant ce jour à Genève.
Millions of people caught up in a humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo risk rising levels of hunger, death and disease due to a lack of aid funding, a coalition of humanitarian organisations warned ahead of a conference in Geneva today.
• Over 1.3 Million South Sudanese are displaced in Uganda, the majority due to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. The Ugandan government has kept its borders open despite severe funding shortfall. In 2017 USD 674 million was requested by the UNHCR but only 20 per cent was received. This does not only leave thousands of lives at a risk, but also compromises the quality of aid efforts to affected communities.
Humanitarian situation: The drought situation in Somalia still persists with below normal rainfall being recorded across Somalia. However, food security improved slightly due to the continued large-scale humanitarian assistance and the short term impact of the rains. The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection has reduced from 6.7 million in October 2017 to 5.4 million in February 2018.
• Centrality of protection: The protection crisis is the primary force behind rising hunger and malnutrition.
Trends continue to show that food insecurity rises wherever significant and/or prolonged violent conflict occurs. Intensified violence was most present in central Greater Bahr el Ghazal.
• Millions of people are at increased risk of famine or catastrophe in South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.
FEWSnet, an international early warning system, stated that South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia could be looking at famine or catastrophic levels of food insecurity in various parts of their countries in the new year due to climate change, conflict and political instability.
• People in need: According to Kenya Food Security meeting, 2.55 million people still require immediate food assistance from March to August 2018. This includes 2.35 million people who are in crisis and emergency drought classification, and 200,000 people who are in stress drought classification and require immediate food assistance.
MARAWI CITY - Child-focused humanitarian organization World Vision provides temporary learning spaces for children participating in the Kindergarten Catch-up Education Program (KCEP) led by the Department of Education (DEPED) in Sagonsongan Transitory Site.
In February 2018, World Vision spoke to 1,254 Syrian girls and boys in Southern Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. They talked about their daily lives, their hopes for the future and the things they think about. Their stories included war-induced violence, displacement, and missing, separated and deceased family members. They also talked about home and their eagerness to restore their lives as they once were. All were stories of daily struggle that showed hardships that these children face yet cannot change on their own.
For Immediate Release
Washington, DC - As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepares to testify on the administration’s budget, a leading group of humanitarian, development and global health organizations are releasing new data that shows just how devastating these proposed cuts to the United States’ foreign aid budget would be to millions of people in the poorest countries.
The analysis finds that under the proposed budget:
Brussels, February 28, 2018: We, the undersigned civil society and UN organizations, are concerned by proposals now under consideration as part of the ongoing reform of the Common European Asylum System which would allow the use of coercion to take the fingerprints and facial images of children. The new EURODAC proposal being considered by the European Commission, Council and Parliament expands the purpose of the current database of asylum applicants to facilitate the identification of “irregularly staying third country nationals” through the use of biometric data.
World Vision supports the clean-up and rehabilitation of war-torn communities in Marawi City through its cash for work program launched in the third week of January.
In consultation with the community people and in partnership with local partners and the local government, activities like community clean-up, road clearing and community gardening are on-going in the five cleared barangays. In the village of Matampay, 49-year old Mohammad shares that they decided to clean a communal water facility where most families fetch water.
The food security and nutrition situation in South Sudan has been deteriorating in recent years due to outbreak of conflicts, poor production, disruption of markets, rapid rise in prices, diseases and natural disasters such as floods and drought in parts of the country. With the ongoing macroeconomic crisis including the rapid depreciation of the South Sudanese Pound, hyper-inflation and thus the huge surge in food prices, the urban food insecurity has been of particular concern.