Rural Hama, Syria 2017

Best friends Jameela, 35 and Arwa, 33 do everything together, from shopping to childcare to going to the doctor. They were both displaced by the crisis and now live in Salemiyeh, Rural Hama. 

Jameela and Arwa are among many displaced people in this area who depend on the Syrian Arab Red Crescent clinic in Salemiyeh for medicines and health care for their family.

Jameela, 35 and Arwa, 33 have been best friends from childhood. They do everything together. When one decided to move from Salamiyah to Homs for work, the other followed.

The IFRC’s Americas Regional Office works in support of 35 National Red Cross. Through its Country Cluster Support Teams and its technical unit, it provides coordination, financial and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

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Doney Cliram is well aware of the effects of coastal erosion and floods. He has seen with his own eyes how the sea is devouring the land near his home.

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Yoland Thomas welcomed Avion Baptiste and Gilliam Charles from the Grenada Red Cross Society with open arms when their team visited her new home, on a rainy Thursday afternoon in October 2016.

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Wolayita zone, Kindo Koysha district, Dede Kare kebele (collection of villages, Sorto village, Ethiopia April 2017

Pictured: Yonas Bade, ERCS volunteer who, despite being affected by the drought, continues to volunteer, assisting with water distribution. With 10 children, Yonas receives government subsidies which help provide some food for his family. 

Quote: Before we were able to eat three meals a day. We ate whatever I was able to grow. But now, because of this drought, even eating once a day is becoming very difficult. There is nothing at all. And if it continues like this indefinitely, our lives, my children’s lives, my livestock’s lives are at risk.

Quote; It’s very difficult to live in this area because it’s a lowland area. Every day, a household can consume more than 20 litres of water. We have to drink a lot, even in normal times. But now, that 20 litres has to last many days. It’s very stressful.

The drought which has affected millions of people in Ethiopia since 2015, has now shifted from the north to the south and southeast, leaving an estimated 5.6 million people in need o emergency food assistance.

In Kindo Koysha district, at least 7 rivers have dried up, cattle are dying, crops have not been sown and people have used up whatever stockpiles of food they had. 

Since late February 2017, the Ethiopian Red Cross Society has been trucking in water to groups of villages (kabeles) in Kindo Koysha district. What started as a plan to assist 8 kabeles quickly jumped to 16. With only one truck, water is limited and communities can only be reached once every four or five days.

The Canadian Red Cross is supporting ERCS with 3 water trucks aimed at providing emergency water to close to 29,000 people in 16 kabeles for 3 months (thru mid July 2017). The project will also see the installation of 14 water storage tanks, the distribution of jerry cans, soap and buckets, and the distribution of fodder and medication to approximately 175,000 nursing lives

By Kathy Mueller, Canadian Red Cross Deep in the heart of the district of Kindo Koysha in southern Ethiopia, the road system is rudimentary. Little more than dirt paths, these well used networks of tracks connect one community to the next. Vehicles are …

12 May 2017
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The Mexican Red Cross, in partnership with UNICEF, is using a new, innovative social monitoring tool designed to increase community participation and address issues that are important to them.

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