With the crisis entering its ninth year and showing no signs of abating despite recent efforts, 10.7 million people continue to be in urgent need of life-saving assistance across north-east Nigeria, far-north Cameroon, Western Chad and south-east Niger. Nearly 2.4 million people are displaced with fresh waves of violence and human rights abuses resulting in thousands arriving into congested sites on a weekly basis.
Handicap International, along with 27 other NGOs working together to provide assistance and protection for civilians affected by the conflict in Iraq, share the following concerns and recommendations in advance of the meeting of the coalition to counter ISIL in Washington, D.C.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR PROTECTING CIVILIANS AND ENSURING ACCESS TO ASSISTANCE DURING MILITARY OPERATIONS
La campagne agropastorale 2016/2017 a été caractérisée par un démarrage timide des pluies qui ne se sont installées définitivement qu’à la deuxième décade de juillet. Puis s’en est suivi un ralentissement de l’activité de la mousson à partir de la deuxième décade de septembre. Elle a été aussi marquée par endroits, par des inondations, des poches de secheresses et des attaques de chenilles et d’oiseaux granivores. En definitive, la campagne agrospastorale peut être jugée moyenne.
La grave crise humanitaire qui sévit dans la Région du Lac Tchad a aggravé les conditions de vie déjà précaires d’une grande majorité des populations de cette région. L’accès aux services de base et à l’eau potable en qualité et en quantité suffisante constitue un élément essentiel dans l’assistance à ces populations. Mais le contexte géologique et hydrogéologique particulier de la région du Lac Tchad est à l’origine des problèmes de salinité qui réduisent le taux d’accès à l’eau des populations locales.
Victims of War Urgently Need Protection and Humanitarian Assistance
Editor's Note: The following is a joint statement issued and signed on June 24th, 2016 by 12 international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) with operations in Niger in response to recent attacks on civilians. The INGO signatories to the statement are Oxfam, CARE, Help-Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, Save the Children, Action Against Hunger, International Rescue Committee, CISP, COOPI-Cooperazione Internazionale, Concern Worldwide, ACTED, Mercy Corps, and Plan International.
Five years into a conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, conditions confronting civilians in Syria continue to deteriorate, particularly for children and youth. Warring parties continue to violate UN Security Council resolutions and international humanitarian law by deliberately and wantonly attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure, including homes, markets, schools and hospitals leaving a deadly legacy of Unexploded Ordnance.
Petit-Goâve, le 12 Janvier 2016. A l’occasion d’un événement public, plusieurs ONGs et acteurs de développement actifs dans la région (Welthungerhilfe, Help - Hilfe Zur Selbsthilfe e.V, ASB, Helvetas, ADRA Haïti, Coopération Suisse), les services déconcentrés et la protection civile ont sensibilisé la population sur les risques naturels, particulièrement sur les tremblements de terre.
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.
Since mid-April the Pakistani army is fighting Taliban strongholds in Swat valley and other areas of the Northwest Frontier Province within the framework of the operation „Rah-e-Rast". Since then more than 2,4 Mio Pakistani citizens have become displaced all over the country. Over 200.000 people live in camps and more than 2 Mio Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have found refuge in the private sector with relatives, friends or other host families.
Bonn/Harare: In view of the dramatic health situation and the cholera epidemic raging now for months the German relief organization HELP, on the occasion of World Health Day 2009 on April 7, is soliciting more donations to support their medical aid projects in Zimbabwe. This year's motto of World Health day is: "Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies".
Since August 2008, a cholera epidemic is raging in Zimbabwe, and it is not yet under control. By the end of March 2009, 93,937 cases have been registered, and 4,112 people already died from the disease.
Bonn/Harare: Since August 2008 cholera ravages in Zimbabwe and the epidemic escalates more and more. According to figures of the World Health Organization 3.229 people have died, 63.000 cases have been reported. 1.700 cholera cases are added each day. And there is no end of the catastrophe in sight. Therefore, HELP has decided to intensify its aid projects furthermore.
Epidemic claims more and more victims - Government declares state of emergency
Bonn/Harare: In light of the increasingly dramatic dimensions of the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe the German humanitarian aid organization HELP has urgently called for donations today. According to unofficial sources nearly 1,000 people have died from the disease up to now, more than 10,000 people have been infected. Yesterday the government of Zimbabwe has declared the state of emergency and called the international community for support.
Following the elections of September 18 we took the opportunity to summarize the operations in the sectors WatSan and school reconstruction. The report is also giving a preview to the new project "Community based Re-integration of war-affected Children and Young People".
Since November 2004, Eberhard Wissinger coordinates the WatSan programme for the Diyala and Wassit governorates in Eastern Iraq. Based in the neighboring Amman / Jordan for security reasons, he collaborates with Maysoon Al Shukri and Ghaswan Adnan Nouri from the HELP- Baghdad branch as well as their teams of logisticians, engineers and technicians.
Walter Berier and his 212 co-workers are cleaning up. In Kinniya, a district of Trincomalee, they collaborate with the Pradeshiya Sabha (an assembly of local authorities), in order to eliminate the consequences of the dreadful seaquake . Kinniya is one of the most affected regions of north-east Sri Lanka. Because of the positive response of the locals to the work, the authorities assigned HELP to clear another coastline of 7 km length.
All the local people who work for HELP are personally affected by the disaster.
HELP Managing Director Wolfgang Nierwetberg managed to visit Banda Aceh on 3 January 2005. Here his uncensored report.
A commercial plane takes you from Medan to Banda Aceh within 50 minutes. The airport is under a veritable state of siege: cab-drivers and "flood-guides" offer their services. Good cars are hard to get - most of them are hired round the clock by journalists and tv-teams.
It's a short ride from the airport to downtown - better to say: what is left of it. The closer you get, the the stronger the smell.
Bonn: Wolfgang Nierwetberg, Managing Director of HELP - registerd charity for international cooperation, has arrived in Sumatra yesterday and started implementation of emergency projects in cooperation with local partners. The Indonesian volunteer organisation WALHI was given a grant from our emergency fund to salvage, identify and bury corpses of victims.
Bonn: The German humanitarian organization HELP has today provided a further 250,000 Euro for the victims of the seaquake in Sri Lanka.