Syria - ongoing conflict
At the beginning of October 2019, Turkey launched an offensive in north-eastern Syria. As warplanes bombed parts of the region and tanks arrive at the border, families were left suffering.
We have worked with our trusted partners in Syria to support families caught up in the latest fighting in the northeast. We have provided family-sized tents with winter liners for warmth, along with five sleeping mats per family.
We have also provided essential winter items to nearly 2,500 families who will be facing the plummeting temperatures this winter. These include warm children’s clothing.
Working through local partners, we have supported over 50,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq since 2012. This makes it the largest and most sustained response in our 19-year history – but the need is as urgent as ever.
THE PHILIPPINES - TYPHOON KAMMURI
In early December 2019, Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Typhoon Tisoy, hit land four times in the Philippines. Communities have been severely affected across Northern Samar.
Coastal communities have been hit the most. Beaches are covered in the debris of destroyed homes. Electricity has been wiped out, roads have been washed away and scores of fishing boats, the main source of livelihoods, have been smashed apart.
Working through our Philippines office, we’re supporting over 2,500 families that have seen their homes wash out to sea.
BANGLADESH - MONSOON FLOODING
Since 9 July 2019, heavy monsoon rains have triggered flooding in the low-lying areas of Bangladesh. Around one-third of the country is now underwater.
Floods and landslides have damaged roads and vital infrastructure leaving thousands of people stranded and without electricity. More than 66,000 homes have been destroyed.
We have a team in the country working with Rotary, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and other humanitarian organisations.
We will aim to support families who have been affected the most. Distributions are due to begin soon.
Somaliland - Drought
Severe drought in Somaliland has affected an estimated 766,000 people since November 2016.
Over the last three years the drought has killed up to 80% of the region’s livestock. This has had a devastating effect for thousands of families who rely on livestock farming, forcing them to flee their homes in search of better grazing land.
We have worked closely with our partner ActionAid to support families affected by the severe drought, with essential items like tarpaulins and rope.
We have supported over 4,000 families so far, and we’re currently working to see whether we can undertake more projects in the area in the future.
LAKE CHAD BASIN - THE FORGOTTEN CRISIS
Since 2009, Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The violence has since spread to the neighbouring regions of Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
Around 10.7 million people in the Lake Chad region are in need of relief assistance. 2.4 million people are estimated to have been displaced and perpetual insecurity continues to drive displacement.
In Cameroon, a new project is supporting families with tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. In Nigeria, we will be working again with our partner ACTED to support internally displaced families.
ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT AND FLOODING
In Ethiopia, severe flooding and conflict have forced people to leave their homes.
Nearly one million people have been forced to flee because of violent conflicts in the Guji-Gedo zone since April 2018.
Severe flooding has also left thousands of families without homes. These rains have continued, triggering recurrent flooding and landslides.
With the support of our partner, we have supported over 3,000 families in total so far. But our work is far from over; our next project starting soon will support over 1,000 more families.