It was Burundi in East Africa along with Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan that were the largest source countries of refugees last year. After the presidential elections in Burundi, instability and politically motivated violence forced thousands of Burundians to flee Burundi to the neighbouring countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) already overwhelmed with many problems on its own. Given the ongoing instability in Burundi, many refugees have remained in the DRC and their future is uncertain.
(Gorkha, April 30th, 2015) – People in Need’s team with local volunteers has started to work in the Gorkha region near by the epicenter of the earthquake. We have assisted the local authorities with aid coordination and data collection. We have also assisted with distribution of first humanitarian aid that arrived into the area. Volunteer medics provided first aid for the wounded. We are purchasing the most required items and arranging the logistics and transportation from Kathmandu to Gorkha.
Despite a number of ceasefires announced since September 2014 the conflict continues in Eastern Ukraine, to date driving hundreds of thousands of people out of the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk (known as the Donbas). By mid-December over 610,000 internally displaced persons had been registered from the Eastern regions alone (UN Sitrep n°22, December 26, 2014), to which must be added an unknown number of unregistered IDPs.