Since June 2014, there has been continuous fighting in many parts of Iraq including in Ninewa province, in the north of the country. The effects on the population have been devastating. Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, many of which have been destroyed or looted. Vital infrastructure and services, including health facilities, have been severely damaged. Access to food and water has become extremely difficult.
Today urgently needed medical supplies were brought into Yemen by plane by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Hospitals are running critically low on medical supplies, and they have been struggling to treat the streams of wounded people following intense air strikes and fierce ground fighting across much of Yemen.
In a new report, the International Committee of the Red Cross identifies the Middle East as a region on the edge, with water resources and delivery systems near breaking point. This is in part the consequence of the ongoing conflict in Syria, Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as nearly three decades of war and sanctions in Iraq.
Continuing its support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UEFA is donating â?¬100,000 to ICRC's physical rehabilitation activities in Afghanistan. This year's cheque will be presented by Real Madrid CF players Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo today (10 March 20h00 CET) before the start of the UEFA Champions League.
As the situation in Ukraine continues to be fragile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree that humanitarian aid must reach the people affected by the conflict.
It is one year since the beginning of the current crisis in the world's newest nation South Sudan. Millions of people have been affected by the ongoing conflict, which began on 15th December 2013 amid a dispute between its President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been internally displaced and have fled to the neighboring countries.
People in the Philippines are rebuilding their homes and struggling to find sources of livelihood after Typhoon Hagupit hit parts of the country on 6th December 2014. According to the authorities, about 2.9 million people have been affected in nine regions.