It’s already four years since the conflict in Eastern Ukraine started. Although it is less present in the news, the situation is far from resolved. More than 54,000 children live in areas where the sound of shootings and bombs is a part of their reality, observes Nikita Kovchuga, Tdh Child Protection Field Officer in Ukraine. An interview.
How do you personally live the crisis?
Children are the first victims of the conflicts that continue to engulf many countries. With violence and natural disasters likely to cause acute humanitarian needs this year, what are the three major challenges facing us in 2018?
Monsoon rains threaten the Rohingya
I’ve been here for ten days now. My baby is absolutely exhausted.” – A young Rohingya refugee mother at Cox’s Bazar
In Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees are living in very difficult conditions. Families do not have access to sufficient food. At the camp, our staff has opened two nutrition centres which are supervised by a doctor so that children suffering from malnutrition can be treated. Three others should open soon. At the centres, children receive high-protein food made from milk and peanut paste which quickly makes them feel better. Ivana Goretta, press attaché at Terre des hommes visited the site and shares her experiences here through photos.
The violence unleashed by the Boko Haram terrorist group in north-eastern Nigeria has provoked a humanitarian crisis. 1.7 million Nigerians have been forced to flee from their villages. There is a scarcity of food and water, so that some 5000 people have already been infected with cholera.
While the 25th September referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan is stirring up community tensions, the fall of Islamic State group strongholds Mosul and Tal Afar have not spelled an end to fighting, nor an end to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Terre des hommes (Tdh) is continuing to provide emergency aid in spite of the instability of the area. Stephan Richard, our Operations Manager in Iraq takes stock of the situation.
War-torn since more than 30 years, Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous and most violent countries in the world. Health workers continue to be victims of the conflict. Families are the first to live the consequences of this insecurity. To provide a solution, Terre des hommes has put in place a house visit concept of midwifes who assist families in need.
After 9 months of fighting, the final stage of the Mosul offensive does not mean an end to the ordeal of the thousands of civilians still trapped in the city. No more than it puts a stop to the exodus of populations from Iraq. The coming military operations by the Iraqi and international forces against other bastions of the Islamic State group risk causing large-scale displacement in the areas where Terre des hommes intervenes, like at the Tal Jarabia camp. Our colleague Stephan Richard, currently in Iraq, reviews the situation.
Families are still fleeing
A humanitarian crisis is currently unfolding in the besieged town of Yei, in South Sudan, trapping 100,000 people. In response to the crisis, Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) and the children´s aid foundation, Terre des hommes have launched a CHF 1.5 million project, supported by Swiss Solidarity.
A partnership to incubate, make and accelerate innovation to address humanitarian needs
Introductory note: the future of bottom-up humanitarian innovation is present
About six months ago ICRC and UNHCR triggered a growing flurry of activity and interest around the idea of a Global Humanitarian Lab. The energy was targeted at building momentum and buy in for two simple ideas:
The 7.8-magnitude quake struck Ecuador’s Pacific Coast on Saturday (April 16), killing at least 500 people and injuring more than 4,000. This is the worst earthquake to strike Ecuador in decades. The damage to homes and infrastructure are considerable, especially in the areas close to the epicenter (located on the border between the provinces of Manabi and Esmeraldas, on the Pacific Ocean coast), where at least 90% of the houses were destroyed.
Terre des Hommes is responding
C’est avec sérénité et une immense envie de poursuivre son voyage vers la vie que Fatoumata a atterri à l’aéroport international de Genève en provenance du Mali. Âgée de 10 ans, la jeune fille est la première enfant malienne atteinte de cardiopathie à bénéficier du programme des soins spécialisés de Terre des hommes (Tdh) en Suisse.
Un accueil chaleureux
Pavlo is a 14 year-old boy from Lugansk (Ukraine) whose family moved to Kramatorsk last year. Before the ongoing conflict, Pavlo had good marks in school, and he was fond of athletics. The first months in his new school in Kramatorsk were very difficult and he was often angry, aggressive and fighting with his classmates. Being lonely and feeling out of place, his biggest fear was to not play sports any longer.
Las oenegésintegrantes del Equipo Humanitario de Paísfrente a la gravedad de la situación causada por la prolongada canícula y en consecuencia la emergencia en seguridad alimentaria que viven miles de familias guatemaltecas en comunidades del Corredor Seco y que se prolongara en 2015, manifiestan su preocupación con la falta de financiación nacional e internacional para poder atender la respuesta a la emergencia en seguridad alimentaria de forma integral y participativa.
In India and Bangladesh, Terre des homes (Tdh) is working both to improve the health of mothers and their children under 5 and to prepare the local population against natural disasters. Following the floods that occurred in both these countries in August, Tdh has taken steps to restore access to drinking water and good levels of hygiene in the affected areas.
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It has been in an unfinished state for so many years, that the villagers had almost given up hope of seeing their new community health centre completed. Resigned to this fact, they would continue to go to an old, decrepit and cramped building in the middle of the market square in Doura, Mali. But since June, a wind of change has been blowing through the village: the health centre has been restored by Terre des hommes (Tdh).
Since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013, more than a million people are fleeing. With continued fighting, the spread of cholera and the threat of famine, the situation is escalating dramatically. Without humanitarian assistance, the lives of thousands of children will soon be in danger.
Dans le cadre de son intervention d’urgence au Mali, Terre des hommes (Tdh) met en place un programme utilisé dans le développement pour améliorer la prise en charge des enfants malades. Entretien avec David Dandrès, Coordinateur de programmes urgence de retour du Mali .
Quelle est la situation actuelle du pays?
Within the context of its emergency intervention in Mali, Terre des hommes (Tdh) have set up a programme centred on development to improve the treatment of sick children. An interview with David Dandrès, Emergency Programs Coordinator, on his return home from Mali.
What is the country’s current situation?