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Indonesian Tsunami

On 18th July, a tsunami hit Indonesia's Java Island. According to current figures, 547 people were killed, 323 people are still missing and 50,756 people have been displaced. Action Against Hunger carried out a needs assessment and has initiated water programs in three villages, assisting 5,000 people.

Somalis Caught in a Stranglehold

The world has turned its attention recently to fighting among "Islamist tribunals" and "warlords" in Somalia, but for 15 years the population's access to basic resources and critical humanitarian aid has been tenuous. The country's unpredictable climate, a general lack of security, and the absence of essential services in this country, which has not had a government since 1991, are aggravating the Somalis' precarious situation.

Post-Earthquake Indonesia: ACF International Mobilizes

The situation continues to grow worse in Indonesia in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck the region of Jogjakarta last week. Authorities now estimate more than 6,000 dead and hundreds of thousands homeless and displaced, while amidst the increased activity of the Merapi Volano everybody fears the worst.

Cholera Surges in Angola

More than 20,000 Angolans are infected by cholera. At least 900 have died already. Health institutions and humanitarian organizations are working to treat those infected by the disease and to prevent its spread. The aid organization Action Against Hunger/Action Contre la Faim (ACF is concentrating its efforts on the municipalities of Cubal and Kayumbo, in the Benguela district in the west of the country.

Help Comes to Victims of Bolivian Floods

In the next few hours, international aid organization Action Against Hunger (ACF) will send experts in water, nutrition, and logistics to Bolivia to assure that approximately 20,000 flood victims will have clean water, food, and basic sanitation. Accompanying the experts will be a shipment of humanitarian aid including five emergency food drops, two water pumps, and water purification tablets.

Planeloads of Emergency Supplies Sent to Guatemala

In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Stan, humanitarian aid organization Action Against Hunger has sent the first of two plane-loads of emergency supplies from Spain to San Marcos, Guatemala. This shipment, which arrived on Monday, contained 6 tons of water and sanitation equipment including 10 water tanks, 100 kilograms of water-treatment chemicals, four electric generators and four water pumps.

Emergency in Mali and Niger

The international relief organization Action Against Hunger (ACF) called on the United States, as well as the other Group of 8 countries, to intervene in an emergency in northern Mali and Niger.

Tsunami in Sri Lanka Worsens Pre-Existing Crisis

When the tsunami of December 26 hit Sri Lanka with 50-foot waves traveling more than 1.5 miles inland, the country was already reeling from floods two weeks earlier. Over a period of 10 days, floods had destroyed thousands of homes and half the local paddy fields, slashing January's projected food harvest by 75% and leaving 61,000 Sri Lankans affected.

Flooding in Haiti

Two weeks after the country was devastated by Hurricane Jeanne, the situation in Haiti remains precarious: the number of casualties and the scale of material damage continue to increase in a climate of social unrest. Many areas remain inaccessible. Action Against Hunger has put in place emergency water and sanitation programmes in order to make up for the shortage of drinking water and to restore access to clean water as soon as possible.

Haiti Must Not Sink Into The Abyss, Again

Since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced to depart, two months ago, the humanitarian situation in Haiti has been precarious at best. Action Against Hunger warns that it is absolutely essential to provide long-term humanitarian aid to the Haitian population.

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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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