Refugees and residents in the Afrin district of Syria are trapped between warring parties on the border with Turkey without any protection or proper medical supplies, Oxfam warned today.
The international agency called for safe access for humanitarian relief as the co-chair of the Health Council in Afrin province reported that civilians there were suffering from daily attacks, with about half of those killed being people who had already fled their homes. Recent fighting had left more than 140 people dead and 310 injured, she said.
Huge numbers of people are returning to Afghanistan – more than two million since 2015 – while the country is still highly fragile, with ongoing fighting and internal displacement in many areas and high levels of poverty. Oxfam’s field research in Herat, Kabul, Kunduz and Nangarhar finds that for as long as these conditions do not improve, a safe and dignified return cannot be guaranteed, and forced returns remain irresponsible.
Population of Yemen* : 29.3 million
People in need of WASH assistance* : 16 million
People in need of food assistance* : 17.8 million
People in need of health care* : 16.4 million
IDPs & returnees* : 2.9 million
People in need of humanitarian aid* : 22.2 million
People in acute need* : 11.3 million
People in need of protection* : 12.9 million
Women in need of protection* : 6.31 million
Seventeen aid agencies working in Yemen are urging for the complete and unconditional opening of Hudaydah port to allow for the uninterrupted flow of food and fuel. A thirty-day concession period enabling the delivery of commercial supplies has brought only brief reprieve within the context of a sustained blockade on Yemen’s Red Sea Ports. Parties to Yemen’s conflict have a responsibility to minimise the impact of war on civilians in Yemen by mitigating all factors that exacerbate death and suffering, as over 8 million people are already on the verge of starvation.
- Population of Yemen: 27.4 million
- People in need of WASH assistance: 15.7 million
- People in need of food assistance: 17 million
- People in need of health care: 14.8 million
- IDPs & returnees: 2.9 million
- People in need of humanitarian aid: 20.7 million
- People in acute need: 9.8 million
- People in need of protection: 11.3 million
- Women in need of protection: 5.54 million
- Oxfam funding aim: £28 million
- Secured funding: £26.6 million
- Targeted beneficiaries: 1.2 million
Yemen is being pushed ever closer to famine after 1,000 days of a brutal war, exacerbated by a crippling blockade of its key northern ports which is starving its people of food, fuel and medicine Oxfam warned today.
Some 90 per cent of Yemen’s food has to be imported and since a Saudi-led coalition imposed a blockade of the country’s key northern ports more than a month ago, only over a third of the food its people need is coming in.
More than 7 million people are now at acute risk of famine.
Concerns for hundreds of unaccompanied children sleeping rough in Greece this winter
NGOs launch roadmap for handover of refugee response to Greek Government
More than 2,000 unaccompanied children are on the waiting list for safe shelters in Greece, according to a new report by 12 organisations. The chronic shortage of accommodation for children is just one of the gaps in services that is worsening as the Greek Government prepares to take full control of the refugee response.
Population of Yemen* : 27.4 million
People in need of WASH assistance* : 15.7 million
People in need of food assistance* : 17 million
People in need of health care* : 14.8 million
IDPs & returnees* : 2.9 million
People in need of humanitarian aid* : 20.7 million
People in acute need* : 9.8 million
People in need of protection* :11.3 million
Women in need of protection* : 5.54 million
Danger of Cholera comeback as four in five people will be without steady water supply
Eight million people in Yemen will be without running water within days as fuel runs out due to the Saudi-led coalition blockade of the country's northern ports, Oxfam warned today.
They will join the almost 16 million people in Yemen who already cannot get clean piped water, leaving more than four in five people without a steady supply of clean water.
12 days since land, air and seaports in Yemen were closed, Oxfam and 13 other aid agencies are appalled by the complacency and indifference of the international community regarding the historic humanitarian disaster now unfolding.
22.9 million People affected by drought in the region
15 million People facing crisis and emergency food Insecurity
1.8 million People in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia have been displaced by drought conditions
$1,612,000 million Horn of Africa Drought Response funding gap
The humanitarian community in Yemen is greatly alarmed at the decision by the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) to closure all of Yemeni airports, seaports and land crossings which is preventing critical humanitarian aid deliveries and commercial supplies from reaching the country and the movement of aid workers in and out of Yemen.
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely fragile and any disruption in the pipeline of critical supplies such as food, fuel and medicines has the potential to bring millions of people closer to starvation and death.
Yemen’s cholera outbreak has killed at least 2,177 people since 27 April. The World Health Organization now estimates the number of suspected cholera cases to be over 862,000, as of 22 October, making Yemen’s outbreak the world’s worst on record. In Haiti, as of 27 September last month, the WHO had recorded 813,026 suspected cases since 2010. Oxfam Public Health Promoter, Eva Niederberger, reports back on how challenging it is to reach cholera-affected people in Yemen.
The cholera outbreak is widespread
More than 300,000 women and girls who have fled rape and violence are not getting the protection and help they need because of lack of funds, Oxfam said ahead of a donor conference in Geneva today.