Military actions by all parties must stop. Since 2009, history has shown that military operations have failed to bring peace and security for people in Gaza and in Israel. Over the years we have repeatedly called for ceasefires and for all sides to protect civilians from harm. Sadly, these ceasefires have not lasted and we have had to revert back to life-saving relief and emergency programs, aiding innocent people to cope with the trauma, and rebuilding Gaza time and time again.
Three years ago this week, the people of South Sudan danced in the streets to celebrate the birth of their nation.
Today, the young country is riven by a brutal civil war, largely ignored by the rest of the world. Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and at least 1.5 million civilians have been displaced by war.
Aid agencies face closure of projects as money fails to arrive
A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of $89 million just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine. Speaking out on the 3rd anniversary of the country’s independence they warned their aid efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict was under threat due to a lack of funds.
CARE calls for more funding for the ever increasing needs of Syrian refugees and host communities
AMMAN, Jordan - The registration of the three millionth Syrian refugee must be a wake-up call for the international community, says CARE, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations.
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.
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.
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.