Archive for August 15th, 2020

15/08/2020

‘Interception at Sea Is Not the Solution’ to Address Migrants Crossing the English Channel

United Kingdrom. Migrants Cross The English Channel From FranceRefugees and migrants arrive in port aboard a Border Force vessel after being intercepted while crossing the English Channel from France in small boats on August 11, 2020 in Dover, England.   © Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP*

Although increasing numbers of people have been crossing the Channel by boat this summer, the numbers remain low and manageable. People forced by wars and persecution to flee their homes and people on the move frequently embark on risky journeys in many parts of the world.

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15/08/2020

Millions ‘On the Edge’ in DR Congo, Now in Even Greater Danger of Tipping Over: Word Food Programme

14 August 2020 (UN News)*Millions of lives could be lost to hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amid escalating conflict and worsening COVID-19 transmission, the UN emergency food relief agency has warned, urging the international community to step up support for the African nation.
WFP/Ben Anguandia | WFP food distribution to Internally Displaced People in Kikuku, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to the World Food Programme (WFP), latest national data shows that about four in ten people in the DRC are food insecure, with some 15.6 million suffering “crisis” or “emergency” levels of hunger. “So many Congolese are on the edge, and in even greater danger now of being tipped over the edge”, said Claude Jibidar, the head of WFP operations in the country.

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15/08/2020

Real Life Heroes: The Syrian Film-Maker Cleaning COVID Wards Or in the UK

© Hassan Akkad | Hassan Akkad, a BAFTA-winning filmmaker and health worker from Syria, now living in the United Kingdom.
The documentary of Mr. Akkad’s perilous escape from Syria, where he had been imprisoned and beaten, was awarded a British BAFTA. He appears frequently in the media, and a mobile phone video he made, advocating for health workers, has been credited with convincing the UK government to include hospital cleaners and porters in a COVID-19 bereavement scheme.
15/08/2020

Real Life Heroes: ‘A Simple Word Can Mean a Lot to a Refugee’

14 August 2020 (UN News)* — After leaving Gaza as a refugee, Shadi Mohammedali decided to dedicate himself to helping others in a similar situation. Today, he is working for an NGO in a Greek camp for asylum seekers, explaining how they can protect themselves from COVID-19.
Now a Health and Risk Communication Officer with the NGO International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mr. Mohammedali spent a year in a camp on Leros Island, run by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, where he received financial assistance, and learned English, French and Greek.
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15/08/2020

Real Life Heroes – World Humanitarian Day

 Staff at the Ghasouleh warehouse package food assistance commodities. They are now wearing masks and taking regular temperature checks to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections.Staff at the Ghasouleh warehouse package food assistance commodities. They are now wearing masks and taking regular temperature checks to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections. | PHOTO:©WFP/Hussam Al Saleh

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15 August 2020 (United Nations)* — On World Humanitarian Day (WHD) August 19, the world commemorates humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, and we honour all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.

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