Ambulances are mandatory whenever DanChurchAid’s demining personnel enter the field to remove landmines and unexploded ordnance that have been left behind after armed conflicts. In Libya the ambulance has proved itself to be indispensable on several occasions.
“Last year, two of our colleagues were involved in an accident. If there hadn’t been an ambulance present, they might not have made it.” That’s how Youssef Mohamad Al Hoti, who is a paramedic and ambulance driver for DanChurchAid’s Humanitarian Mine Action operations in Misrata, expresses it.
DCA HMA Case Study, Jonglei, South Sudan
The DCA Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) programme is steadily growing in South Sudan. Having begun operations in January 2013, the programme now has two fully accredited Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams and two Risk Education (RE) teams. A third RE team is currently being recruited. This is all thanks to a donation from the Common Humanitarian Fund administered by UNDP in South Sudan.
The most recent team to be accredited was the second RE team. But accreditation in Mine Action is no easy task!
Several provinces in the northern part of Sri Lanka are under water. DanChurchAid is prepared to provide food, mosquito nets and blankets to the many in need.
It has rained more than usual in the northern part of Sri Lanka since before Christmas. The rain has caused the rivers to go over their banks and created big landslides.
More than 350.000 people are affected by the situation and 3.000 are living in evacuation centres.
The Tamils suffer most
As the impact of days of violent escalation worsens for civilians in Gaza and in Israel, a group of 38 aid and development agencies today urged world leaders to take swift action to enforce a ceasefire in order to protect civilian lives and infrastructure and prevent another widespread humanitarian disaster in Gaza brought on by a prolonged military confrontation.
Last year more than 13 million people were starving in the Horn of Africa. People were driven to leave their homes in search of water and food.
Dan Church Aid, a member of ACT Alliance and our other partners were immediately ready with emergency relief. Thanks to the long-term commitment the Alliance has had in the region, this assistance has saved many lives.
DCA Humanitarian programme Officer, Aditi Ghosh, is just back from the field visit in flood affected areas of Assam with this report.
The DCA Humanitarian programme Officer, Aditi Ghosh, is just back from a field visit in flood affected areas of Assam, and she explains the flood situation in Assam to be still grim.
When Tamul Leuk Village was hit by floods Ms. Hun Kea's house was severely damaged and she lost her most important source of income: fishing. With a decreased income and increasing rice prices she had no means to meet her family's daily needs for food.
In September 2011, Cambodia experienced its worst seasonal flooding for over a decade.
More than 1,700,000 people were affected, 50,000 families lost their homes, and almost 250 people died.
About 13 percent of Cambodia’s rice crop was flooded, of which more than half was destroyed.
Sajni is one of the many expecting mothers in the flood-affected Sindh province. Access to health service is limited, but thanks to the mobile health units funded by the European Union, Sajni could receive prenatal care when she experienced problems during her pregnancy.
Devastation across Sindh took place for a second time in two years, affecting approximately nine million people and destroying 1.5 million homes.
Millions suffered due to months without adequate shelter, food, and other basic necessities.
The hunger crisis in the Western part of the Sahel Region is growing. Just recently, the military has taken power in Mali in a coup which threatens to make the situation even more desperate. DanChurchAid’s Humanitarian Director, Lisa Henry, used to live in the region, and here she gives her thoughts about the recurring food crisis.
Twenty-eight year old, Thezu has not only lost her house, livestock, and everything she had in the floods but is also coping with the loss of her twenty-two year old sister. Thezu’s sister drowned in the village’s water pond during evacuation.
With only a month left before Thezu gives birth to her new born baby, the onset of winter poses a greater challenge along with the need for baby food and supplies and proper nutrition for Thezu.
A case study on Sexual Gender-Based Violence at Nundu Hospital, South Kivu, Eastern DR Congo, as told and illustrated by DCA staff member James Phillip Gould-Bourn.
Travelling south from Uvira, Eastern DR Congo, a number of large concrete plaques line the road on the way to Nundu Hospital. At first glance they look like headstones, and in some ways that’s exactly what they are. Each plaque is a memorial to a massacre that took place in that region during the notoriously brutal war that was waged between soldiers and rebel forces in the Eastern DRC between 1998 and 2003.
Mary and Vincent are two out of a total of 700 volunteer local village observers. They all work to ensure that their fellow citizens know about their rights and know what to expect of the local authorities, so they are sure to receive the public services they are entitled to. The project is supported by DanChurchAid.
When we visited Mary and Vincent in Uganda in 2010 there were 84 observers in Acowa Township in Amuria District. Today, the number has increased to 120. But it is not just in Acowa that the number has increased.
A year with many crises and disasters challenges the relief work in Haiti.
It should have been a day of celebration. The health clinic in the outskirts of the Port-au-Prince slum Cité de Solei should re-open in new buildings after the earthquake.
But the celebration ended before it began. Six bodies were found outside the fence.
09.11.2010: DanChurchAid's partner, Church of Uganda is giving support to community members to help them demand their rights. The project has strengthened the local community members and changed the daily life in the remote areas of Northern Uganda. Women, Men and Children are now aware of what to demand from the local government - and they demand it!
"They are only two weeks old", says the father holding a little girl in his arms. He has twins.
The impact of Armed Violence, whether in the context of crime or full-blown conflict, is widely acknowledged by states and civil society as a major constraint to poverty reduction and the enjoyment of human rights. This programme policy aims to set out how DanChurchAid (DCA) can contribute to efforts to reduce armed violence through focusing on the demand, supply and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW).
Recent fighting between Pakistani military forces and Taliban insurgents in the northwest part of the country has uprooted more than three million people.
The year 2008 will be remembered by the world's poorest countries as the year when the food crisis really hit with increased food prices resulting in hunger. The World Bank estimates that the number of people living in utmost poverty and hunger increased by more than one hundred million, which means that right now one billion people are starving. This has serious consequences. Every day 24,000 persons die from hunger. Every fifth second a child dies from hunger. The number of malnourished and undernourished persons has increased to two billion.
The majority of Malawi's children are either malnourished or undernourished, some of them so badly, that they don't live through their early years. The parents of the children most often are too poor to prevent it.
Khumbidze Kandwani is whimpering in her mother's arms. Grace Genesis shifts her daughter at her lap, but it doesn't make the child stop crying. It has been like this for almost all Khumbidzes' short life, since she is constantly ill. First she got malaria, then diarrhea, then malaria again and again and again.
The protest of Muslim Student Organization on 14th August 2008 against victimizing Minorities by the Assamese Majority resulted in a group clash in Darrang and Udalguri district.
The recent spurt of violence that started on 2nd October 2008 is an extension of the earlier clashes that seems to have stopped with army and police intervention.
Background information on disaster response to the cyclone Sidr that hit Bangladesh in November 2007
The meteorological departments in the area sent out warnings of a 'very severe cyclonic storm' as it moved northwards towards Bangladesh.
These warnings were spread to the local population in the delta area of Bangladesh. Some chose to remain in their houses, but around two million people had already been evacuated to shelters by the time the cyclone hit the delta on the night of 15th November with winds around 215 km per hour, and gusts up to 250 km per hour.