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Emergency Response

South Sudanese Refugees Seek Shelter in Leitchor, Ethiopia

The conflict that began in South Sudan in December 2013 has forced 1.5 million people to flee their homes in search of safety. Over 400,000 of these people have crossed the border, becoming refugees in neighboring countries. Not only are they starting their lives over, they are starting with few resources if any at all. In Ethiopia, there are over 160,000 South Sudanese refugees and over 47,000 live in the Leitchor refugee camp, in the country’s west.

Action Against Hunger Begins Lifesaving Programs in Cameroon

In the Central African Republic, tens of thousands of people are still living with the devastating impact of the coup in early 2013 and subsequent episodes of violence. While Action Against Hunger continues to work with those internally displaced by the conflict, we have also begun assisting families fleeing to safety in neighboring Cameroon. 

"We Need Clean Water": Families Displaced from Northern Iraq at Risk

In one week, hundreds of thousands of people have fled violence in Northern Iraq and now face extremely difficult living conditions. Some have found shelter with relatives or in schools, mosques, or unfinished buildings. Others are living in temporary camps, like the one at Garmawa, where Action Against Hunger is racing to provide critical emergency services.

Growing Food Insecurity in South Sudan Triggers Emergency Response

BENTIU—June 26, 2014— Due to the quick surge in food insecurity for millions of South Sudanese, Action Against Hunger has deployed our Nutrition Emergency Team (NET) to tackle the current threats, and prepare for the growing needs of the population. The number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) has risen to 1.1 million this month— a staggering number that has a huge effect on food insecurity in South Sudan.

Responding to the Needs of Families Displaced from Northern Iraq

For nearly two weeks, Action Against Hunger's Kurdistan mission has been providing emergency assistance to some of the hundreds of thousands of displaced people who have fled the violence in Mosul and the Anbar governorate. Within 24 hours, the technical team carried out a rapid assessment of needs in both Erbil and Dohuk Governorates, and the operational staff started the first emergency response.

Cholera Outbreak Slowly Stabilizes in Southern Juba

JUBA—June 19, 2014— Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, is not an easy city to navigate. While a few of the main roads that connect government buildings are paved and cared for, the vast majority of roads consist of nothing more than dirt and dust. Since July 2011, Juba has undergone the most rapid urban expansion it has ever seen with tremendous population growth and infrastructural development. Unfortunately the expansion, along with the current political conflict, has made Juba one of the most chaotic and disjointed cities in northeast Africa.

Response Spreads to Southern Juba to Protect Families from Cholera

JUBA—June 17, 2014— John Jenis, a proud father of five, is now the parent of four—he had to bury his three- year-old son last week. His little boy first started showing symptoms of cholera one recent morning, and passed away later that evening at Juba Hospital. It was that fast. “I think he got sick from playing with the dirty water next to our house; the kids always do it, even if I try to stop them. If I am around, I can protect them but if I am at work then they may even drink this water,” he explained with his other young children surrounding him.

Action Against Hunger Calls for Rapid Response to Escalating Violence in Iraq

As hundreds of thousands of people flee escalating violence in Iraq, Action Against Hunger urges the international community to act swiftly to mount a coordinated humanitarian response.

Hundreds of thousands of people—mainly families escaping violence in Mosul, in northern Iraq—have fled to the border of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The United Nations has reported 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Governorate of Erbil, and another 200,000 people in Dohuk. 

To Combat Cholera, Community and Humanitarians Unite

JUBA—June 12, 2014— The Action Against Hunger Cholera Emergency Response Team is working in the Tongping, Amarat, Gonya, and Ministries neighborhoods of South Sudan’s capital, Juba; these are four neighborhoods where cholera is present.

Response Goes Wide as Cholera Cases Rise in South Sudan’s Capital

Cholera, one of the most dangerous bacterial diseases that is often contracted from contaminated water, continues to spread in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan.

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Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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