Emergency

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March 20, 2012, was a day like any other spring day.  The day was bright and sunny; the trees were sprouting new green leaves; the flowers were in full bloom; and the birds were singing sweet melodies with joyous hearts.  I, however, could not find solace in the warmth of the sun, the beauty of the flowers or the melodies of the birds.

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Continuing conflict and start of rainy season put women and their children at risk of starvation

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Hani is eleven years old. For the past two weeks he has been working in a vegetable store in Mafraq.

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Hazan has fled from Syria a few days ago. Now she volunteers in CARE’s community center in Azraq.

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OSLO, Norway – In a disappointing result to the Oslo donor conference, the world’s donors have missed a critical opportunity to help avert disaster in South Sudan. Of the US$1.27 billion needed to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the current conflict and a building food crisis, donors pledged just above US$600 million.

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Three years ago, the world witnessed the birth of a new nation, as the people of South Sudan united in eager, hopeful anticipation. People sang independence songs, and a huge clock in the centre of Juba, the capital, counted down the days. Today, the picture is quite different. The head of our South Sudan office describes a nightmarish, “soul-destroying” situation: never in her 20-year career has she had to sit by and watch people near starvation – with not enough funding to do anything about it.

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OSLO, Norway  – As the world’s donors and governments gather in Olso, Norway tomorrow to discuss how best to respond to the conflict and looming food crisis in South Sudan, CARE International warns of a wave of sexual violence that is worsening as the emergency in the country deepens.

ATLANTA  — Six months after Typhoon Haiyan slammed the central Philippines, the global humanitarian organization CARE is expanding its efforts to help survivors rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

“Some good strides have been made in the transition from an emergency to early recovery phase,” says Lex Kassenberg, CARE’s country director in the Philippines. “Still, too many families in the worst-hit areas continue to live in makeshift shelters, while many of those who have started to rebuild or repair their damaged houses have yet to complete their homes.”

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