Displaced Kenyans are receiving six months of emergency food aid after being forced back to the drought-parched Rift Valley in their homeland. Ongoing ethnic violence stemming from election disputes a year ago is putting the lives of Kenyans from the Turkana region in jeopardy again.
"The post-election violence of 2008 has changed this country," says Ron Fuller, a relief manager overseeing the distribution for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee.
Four years after a horrific tsunami tore through parts of Southeast Asia you can still hear the pounding! Houses are being rebuilt, livelihoods rehabilitated, and communities restored.
The people in Indonesia, the country closest to the earthquake's epicenter, suffered both earthquake and tsunami damage. In the province of Aceh entire cities were leveled and villages wiped out. More than 130,000 people died in Indonesia alone, leaving behind many orphans.
But communities have come together to rebuild their lives and take care of the most vulnerable among them.
As the Mugabi government appears to unravel by the day, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (www.crwrc.org) is helping to release US$7 million in food aid to Zimbabwe's already desperate citizens.
Late last week, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank announced the release of 10,000 tons of corn, soy, oil and ground nuts to 120,000 beneficiaries.
While political parties play tug of war in the House of Commons in Canada and Barack Obama puts together his Cabinet in the US, thousands of people are homeless and hundreds more are grieving after violence broke out in Jos, Nigeria following local elections on November 28, 2008. CRWRC was quick to take action, distributing emergency food to 1,200 people either chased from their homes or smoked out by raging flames.
"Localized groups took to the streets to cause trouble and/or protect their families and homes," writes Phil Beck, of CRWM Nigeria.
While the attention of most of the world drawn to the terrorist slaughter of nearly 200 people in Mumbai this weekend, less-reported but equally violent events errupted in Nigeria as a response to disputed local elections last week.
CRWRC has released $10,000 in emergency funding to provide immediate aid to desparate survivors who are displaced by the mayhem and arson.
Hurricane Ike struck from Galveston, Texas, through Lake Charles, Louisiana, on September 13 with winds of 110 miles per hour and a powerful 25 foot storm surge. Residents of east Texas and southwest Louisiana were still recovering from 2005's Hurricane Rita before this storm hit.
CRWRC's Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteers were already in the area, poised to begin reconstruction work for another year in Lake Charles and Port Arthur, Texas--another community heavily impacted by Hurricane Rita.
Slow-moving tropical storm Fay is beginning to drop rain over the Florida panhandle today, say managers from CRWRC Disaster Response Services (DRS) who just returned from the LakeOkeechobeearea Wednesday night.
Millions of people uprooted by the Iraq war are running for their lives: two million Iraqis are displaced within their own country and more than 1.5 million have fled to Syria, Jordan and neighboring countries. Early last year the U.S. government agreed to resettle 7,000 Iraqi refugees by February 2008, giving preference to those at greatest risk of violence. Today, only 2,000 Iraq refugees have entered the United States, with nearly 12,000 more awaiting approval.