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Impending Winter Threatens the Survival of Syrian Refugees

As the crisis in Syria continues to escalate, the already staggering number of refugees is still climbing. It is now estimated that there are more than four million internally displaced people in Syria, and more than two million people who have fled to neighboring countries. To meet the needs of this growing population, Action Against Hunger is expanding its programs in the region.

Syria's Refugees: "We Saw the Dead at Our Feet"

Editor’s Note: The following was recounted by Florian Seriex, an Action Against Hunger communications specialist on site during a recent program assessment in the Syrian neighbor nation of Jordan.

Mahmoud’s hair was unkempt, his face covered in stubble, and his clothes wrinkled when we met him—he wore his life as a Syrian refugee quite literally on his sleeve. He wanted us to meet his family, in fact he insisted. He disappeared briefly, but came back to give us his phone number, address, and detailed directions.

Staggering and Sobering: Syrian Refugee Total Tops Two Million

Samia* silently sits on the floor, surrounded by tobacco leaves that have been left to dry in the sun.  Her wrinkly hands slowly and gently place the leaves in a heap as she gazes into space. The only noise is that of children playing in the distance.

Monsoon Rains Reach Pakistan, Causing Heavy Losses

Heavy monsoon rains across Pakistan have triggered flash floods, killed 83 people, and caused thousands to lose their homes since the beginning of August. According to The United Nations Office for the Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the rains have also led to an extensive loss of crops, property, and livelihoods, and been responsible for widespread damages to infrastructure.

Thousands of Families Devastated by Floods in Northern India

Approximately 5,000 people have been killed by severe floods in the Indian state of Uttarakhand over the past two weeks, with torrential rains devastating thousands of lives and leaving 3,000 people still missing.

Although the monsoon season has just started, extreme weather over the last fortnight has affected more than 180 villages and destroyed 1,000 homes in north India.  The extreme rains have caused two key rivers to rise and pour over the region, increasing the risk of waterborne disease.

Syrian Crisis: “The Biggest Humanitarian Challenge We Face Worldwide”

Today is World Refugee Day—a time to recognize the struggle of families who have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict or disaster. Action Against Hunger works to restore stability for countless refugees across the globe, including those who have fled Syria in recent months because of growing conflict.

82,000 People Affected by Floods in Kenya

Since March, severe flooding caused by heavy rains has devastated the usually dry region of Tana River County, Kenya. The lives and livelihoods of more than 82,000 people hang in the balance, as they have lost their belongings, farmland, livestock, and access to clean water. An estimated 63,000 people are still displaced, unable to return home because their houses have been destroyed.

No Hospitals to Help Victims of Violence In Central African Republic

Last weekend, violent clashes once again shook the Central African Republic. In the capital, Bangui, and in the region of Bossangoa, the population waits for stability and emergency aid. Bossangoa is now a ghost town: half of its inhabitants have fled, fearing for their safety, and are living in unsafe makeshift camps. The area has been completely looted, including the therapeutic nutrition center where Action Against Hunger teams had been treating severely malnourished children.

Cyclone Haruna Devastates Madagascar

Tens of thousands of people’s lives have been devastated across the southwest of Madagascar after the destructive Tropical Cyclone Haruna swept across the country.

Torrential rains and winds of up to 125 miles per hour destroyed thousands of families' homes and ruined crops and water points. The force of the rising sea burst a major dam north of Tulear, causing water to flood the city and surrounding rural community.

With water points flooded and contaminated, families are in desperate need of safe drinking water, to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.

Typhoon Bopha: Portraits of Survival in the Philippines

Typhoon Bopha, which devastated the Surigao del Sur region of the Philippines when it hit in December, destroyed the livelihoods of more than six million people.

Our teams have been hard at work in the region, supporting the recovery of those affected by distributing food, building temporary shelters and latrines, and delivering sanitation and hygiene training.

Two months after the disaster, we’re proud to publish the stories of some of the brave survivors who are fighting hard to rebuild their lives, and to keep their families safe from hunger and disease.

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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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