"We’re seeing more and more people from the distant outskirts of Bangui coming into town for treatment. In the rural areas, there are many families who live in the bush in unsanitary conditions. They’re extremely difficult to reach, so we’re worried that malnutrition rates are even higher than our screenings tell us. We’re very concerned about the situation throughout the province," reports Action Against Hunger's Country Director in Central African Republic.
“The Syrian crisis has emerged as a regional crisis that affects not only refugees but also communities and host governments, and it can lead to more division,” said Rob Drouen, our Regional Representative in the Middle East.
As the crisis in Syria enters its third year, access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in cramped refugee camps in Lebanon continues to be a massive challenge, threatening the health and well-being of many refugees. Like many others, the temporary camp of Abo Noor close to the town of Aarsal is struggling with the sheer volume of people seeking shelter and help. New families, some brandishing severe injuries, flood in daily to flee the shelling and fighting in Syria.
'I talk to Mabaruka, whose daughter is in intensive care—at four months old, she weighs only six pounds. Mabaruka tells me she’s had trouble nursing. At first she sought traditional remedies, but they were expensive and ineffective. When her daughter continued to lose weight, local health center staff referred her to the hospital. Since arriving nine days ago, the nurses have helped Mabaruka with breastfeeding, and her daughter is receiving much-needed treatment.' - Susan Saunders, Action...
"Right now we’re finishing the last of our emergency distributions—mainly food and hygiene kits—and we’re working on restoring essential services to stimulate the markets and promote livelihoods. We’re also providing nutritional and psychosocial support, and giving access to water and sanitation in evacuation centers and in private shelters. Different areas have been hit differently, so it’s important for us to identify and meet the specific needs of each population."- Chiara Saccardi, ACF...
Today, Action Against Hunger joins 55 NGOs from around the world in affirming support of this week's ceasefire in South Sudan, and restating our shared commitment to humanitarian principles. The full statement can be found in the joint press release below.
Since fighting broke out in Juba over a month ago, insecurity and instability continue to plague the world’s youngest nation. Our Head of Programme for East Africa, Nipin Gangadharan, this week described the dire humanitarian situation in South Sudan.
We ask all parties to respect humanitarian principles and enable humanitarian agencies immediate and unhindered access to affected areas to deliver lifesaving services to the populations affected. The current humanitarian response is still quite limited, impinged by the continuation of widespread fighting.
The already challenging humanitarian situation in Bossangoa, a northwestern town in the Central African Republic, has deteriorated further as thousands of people continue to flee their homes in search of safety, gathering in two makeshift camps.
It is with the greatest sadness that we learnt of the death of Nelson Mandela, a true visionary who inspired us all to believe in and work towards a better world.