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How a coloured band is saving children’s lives in the Sahel
Description: Food insecurity, conflicts and instability make the Sahel one of the worst regions in the world to be a child. An estimated 461 250 children under 5 years of age die in the Sahel each year due to severe child undernutrition. On top of crucial funding to cover on average 40% of the annual nutrition care needs in the region, EU Humanitarian Aid supports innovations that can result in children being diagnosed and treated earlier, thereby greatly increasing their chances of survival. Follow Dahara and her malnourished twins in Niger to see how a simple coloured band is helping thousands of mothers across the Sahel identify early signs of severe malnutrition in their children. Video by ALIMA
  20 Nov 2017   3m38s 1 22 0
Strength in Numbers: 14 years of Building Resilience in Central Asia
Description: With its diverse geography, the region of Central Asia is particularly prone to natural disasters. Earthquakes, landslides, floods, droughts and extreme temperatures occur frequently, impacting people's daily lives. In the past three decades natural disasters have affected almost 4 million people and caused an annual average loss of €250 M throughout the region. In order to support the population and the governments of Central Asia in their desire to prevent and mitigate the consequences of these phenomena, the European Commission launched its disaster prevention programme (DIPECHO) back in 2003. After 14 years and an investment of around €46 Million, over 100 projects have been funded across the region under this initiative, directly impacting the lives of communities living in some of the most remote regions of the planet. This video looks back at the achievements of the DipECHO program, which has over the years contributed to making Central Asia a safer place to live in. Video by EU/ECHO
  15 Nov 2017   26m47s 3 50 0
Getting back to school despite Colombia’s conflict
Description: A six decade-long armed conflict in Colombia has caused the most prolonged and serious humanitarian crisis in the Americas. Despite government peace accord with the country’s largest guerrilla group, the FARC, civilians continue to suffer the humanitarian consequences of the ongoing violence opposing several armed groups. The resulting violence has increased in recent years. In the first half of 2017 alone, 56 000 people have been forced to flee their homes. Children are often the most affected. The EU, through the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), works to ensure children and youths affected by the violence are able to reach and attend school safely. This Education in Emergency project benefits some 3600 children from Cauca, Nariño, Norte de Santander and Choco departments. Video by NRC
  15 Nov 2017   3m14s 1 15 0
Helping displaced people overcome violence in Colombia
Description: For decades, Colombia has faced the consequences of an armed conflict that has left 7.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) – the world's largest caseload. Despite the 2016 peace agreement with one of the largest guerrillas, violence and forced displacement have continued affecting thousands, particularly indigenous communities. The EU and its humanitarian partner Alianza por la Solidaridad are providing assistance to Afro-Colombians and indigenous communities affected by the conflict in Buenaventura and Tumaco municipalities on Colombia's western, Pacific coast. With EU humanitarian funding, Alianza por la Solidaridad ensures families have access to food, safe drinking water and sanitation, and psychosocial and legal support so as to overcome the multiple traumas of this humanitarian crisis, improving their daily lives. Video by Alianza por la Solidaridad
  15 Nov 2017   3m28s 3 17 0
Humanitarian assistance for forcibly displaced Colombians in Putumayo, southern Colombia
Description: 60 years of armed conflict in Colombia have caused one of the largest humanitarian crises in the Western Hemisphere. Colombia still records the largest number of internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide. Despite the 2016 Government-FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla peace accord, the violence continues to cause widespread suffering and new forced displacements. The EU, through its humanitarian partner Action Against Hunger (ACH), is helping more than 240 families recently displaced by the violence to access basic services and to meet their most urgently humanitarian needs, while they are resettling. With an innovative cash scheme, ACH facilitates access to housing, food, and essential items helping families rebuild their life. The programme introduces electronic mechanisms for cash transfers which enable a larger, faster response to emergency needs. This is sometimes the only assistance vulnerable families receive after losing their homes and livelihoods to armed groups. In addition, the project provides professional psycho-social care, as well as basic skills in nutrition and hygiene. Video by ACH
  15 Nov 2017   4m1s 4 76 0
How is the EU helping those displaced by Boko Haram in Cameroon?
Description: In the last four years, Boko Haram-related violence forced 2.5 million people from their homes across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, turning it into Africa’s fastest-growing displacement crisis, with massive humanitarian consequences. From the Far North region of Cameroon, which has received over 60 000* refugees from Nigeria and has seen 225 000* of its own population displaced, EU Humanitarian Aid expert Rose Etame explains the basic needs of those who had to leave everything behind, and how the EU humanitarian office is providing assistance. Video by EU/ECHO *Figures correct at time of filming (May 2017)
  07 Nov 2017   1m34s 2 62 0
Jordan: life-saving surgery for child refugees
Description: There are almost 660 000 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan. The vast majority live in poor urban areas and are often unable to access healthcare and other vital services. Expensive medical care involving surgery is particularly difficult for them to obtain. With the assistance of EU Humanitarian Aid, the aid organisation La Chaîne de l'Espoir performs complex, often life-saving cardiac and orthopaedic surgeries on child refugees in Jordan. Watch the story of Aseel, the youngest and smallest baby to undergo heart surgery in this life-saving programme. Video by EU/ECHO
  07 Nov 2017   2m38s 4 159 0
Undocumented Afghan refugees get a chance at school in Iran
Description: More than half of all registered refugees come from just three countries. Afghanistan is at number two with 2.5 million refugees, of which nearly one million are hosted in Iran. It is estimated that up to 2 million more Afghans live undocumented in Iran, with no legal documentation at all. Saeed, is an undocumented child. He is 13 years old and was born in Iran. This left him without the right to go to school until 2015, when Iran adopted a decree that opened public schools to all refugee children. It was a milestone in the management of immigrants and it gave hope to thousands of children who could then begin to learn. The EU allocated almost €10 million in 2017 to assist Afghan refugees in Iran. Commissioner Christos Stylianides has visited the country twice, reinforcing the importance of the support that Iran is giving to Afghan refugees. Video by Euronews
  27 Oct 2017   6m1s 1 25 0
Accessible education for all refugee children in Greece
Description: In Greece, the new academic year started for both Greek and refugee children in September. In order to support the integration process of refugee kids, Pavlos gives afternoon classes in Exarchia neighbourhood, Athens. "I don't consider them as children with difficulties," says 26-year-old Pavlos, "They want to play, they run around, they laugh, like all children." These non-formal learning activities help children to get up to speed with language skills, among others, and adapt faster to the Greek public education system. The project is run by the NGO ELIX and UNICEF, with EU Humanitarian Aid funding. Video by UNICEF
  24 Oct 2017   1m58s 2 46 0
Preparing for an earthquake in the freezing capital of Mongolia
Description: Mongolia has a population of roughly three million people, of which 45% live in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. The city is facing rapid urbanisation, exposing its inhabitants to a variety of hazards, especially earthquakes, as the area is prone to seismic activity. Without proper preparation, a potential tremor in this city would have catastrophic consequences for the population, especially if it happened in the wintertime, when the temperature can drop to minus 40 degrees. With funding from the European Union, the Finnish Red Cross and the Mongolian Red Cross are working in partnership to ensure that Mongolian organizations, institutions and citizens are better prepared should such a disaster occur. The approach focuses on increasing institutional preparedness at both national and local levels. In addition, various activities increase public awareness and lead to better safety conditions at schools, which are particularly vulnerable to hazards. Video by Finnish Red Cross
  10 Oct 2017   2m28s 3 48 0
Pre-paid debit cards for refugees in Turkey
Description: Four hundred and six-five thousand Syrians are reported to have been killed or missing in Syria's six-year civil war. Nearly one-quarter of these are presumed to be civilians. There are 5.5 million Syrian refugees in the world and 3.1 million are registered in Turkey. The Emergency Social Safety Net programme is an EU cash-based programme which now supports nearly one million of the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey. Launched in autumn 2016, it is the biggest humanitarian aid project the EU has ever funded. The cash assistance received by refugees goes towards covering the basic needs of living: rent, food, and bills. The programme aims to reach 1.3 million refugees by the end of 2017. Financed by the EU's Humanitarian Aid Operations department, it is implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP), hand in hand with the Turkish Red Crescent and the government of Turkey. Video by Euronews
  29 Sep 2017   5m1s 5 55 0
Emergency food assistance to the refugees in Southern Serbia
Description: Since May 2015, Serbia and other countries in the Western Balkans have been facing an unprecedented refugee crisis. In 2015 and in the first quarter of 2016, more than 920 000 refugees and migrants - primarily from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq - have passed through Serbia on their way to Hungary and Croatia. After the closure of the so-called Western Balkans migration route in early 2016, the number of refugees stranded in Serbia stands now at just over 6650. Of that number, 94% are accommodated in 17 government sites. Since the beginning of the crisis the European Commission has allocated more than €20.1 million in humanitarian aid to assist refugees and migrants in Serbia. Actions continue to focus on providing basic assistance at the refugee aid points including health services, warm clothing, food, water, child-friendly spaces and protection. The assistance has enlarged to the provision of cooked meals in the centres as well as informal education. The emergency food assistance project implemented by Caritas Serbia is one of these projects funded by the EU's Humanitarian Aid Operations department. It provides migrants in refugee camps in southern Serbia with three meals/day - breakfasts, lunches and dinners - in order to ensure proper food consumption and fulfilment of their daily food needs. The food is prepared by a social enterprise Tradicija juga from Vranje, which employs mostly women from socially vulnerable groups: single mothers, victims of violence, women who are over 50 years old, and women who lost jobs in the process of privatization. Thus, the project not only provides nutritious food in line with the refugees' food culture, but also helps members of the local community. Video by Caritas Serbia
  28 Sep 2017   5m16s 3 99 0