Coalition of 36 international aid agencies calls on global donors to respond
International aid agencies working in six countries to help people affected by the Syrian crisis today calls on the international community to dig deep and be generous in responding to the UN’s new Syria and refugee appeals.
Background: Since August 2012, ICMC, with funding from BPRM, has been conducting a comprehensive outreach to vulnerable Syrian refugees in northern Jordan (Al-Mafraq, Ramtha, Irbid and Zarqa, Amman). To date a total of 925 Syrian households have been interviewed, collecting data on the family overview, health conditions, economic situation, the situation of children, housing conditions and gaps in assistance.
European Parliament says "international community has a duty" towards Iraqi refugees and displaced
ICMC commends the European Parliament resolutions adopted this past week:
- Urging countries bordering Iraq to continue to admit Iraqi refugees;
- Committing Europe to share in the response by resettling a number of those refugees who will clearly never be able to return to Iraq;
- Urging EU Member States to swiftly and fairly determine the claims of Iraqi asylum-seekers;
- Calling for a significant part of the EU budget earmarked for programs in Iraq to be allocated …
As a result of the massive earthquake that struck just before midnight, local time, on Monday 28 March, off the coast of Indonesia, around one thousand people on the island of Nias are reported to have died. Just over 36 hours after the earthquake, Leo MacGillivray, ICMC's Project Director for Aceh, flew by helicopter to Nias to make an assessment of the situation. On his return to Aceh, Leo filed this report:
At the time of the disaster caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Indian Ocean region on Sunday 26 December 2004, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) was working in 13 of Indonesia's 30 provinces, with offices in Jakarta, Ambon and Masohi in Maluku Province, as well as Banda Aceh in Aceh province and Medan in North Sumatra Province.
In Aceh province, and prior to the disaster, ICMC was one of four international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a presence in the area.