CharityWatch Disaster Relief Alerts
CharityWatch has compiled this short list of serious humanitarian crises, with links to highly efficient charities providing relief. For additional disaster relief alerts and charity news, visit the CharityWatch Hot Topics page.
Yemen Humanitarian Relief
Yemen has been added to the United Nations list of severe humanitarian emergencies, with twenty one million citizens in need of urgent help. Approximately 13 million Yemeni people are hungry and 15 million have no access to health care. An ongoing bombing campaign by Saudi Arabia began in March 2015. The armed conflict has claimed an estimated 3,000 lives, and is the biggest obstacle for relief groups attempting to reach the Yemeni people most in need of aid.
Photo Credit "Destroyed house in the south of Sanaa 12-6-2015-3" by Ibrahem Qasim - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Syria Humanitarian Relief
The extremely violent conflicts that began in March 2011 have claimed the lives of more than 191,000 people so far, leaving millions of people in need of emergency assistance.
As many as 12.2 million people in the region are in need of emergency assistance. As of early 2015, the violence has displaced 7.6 million people within Syria. According to the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees 3.7 million Syrians are registered as refugees seeking assistance in neighboring countries—including Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey—and the total number of people fleeing Syria may be much higher than that. Distribution of aid within Syria is difficult, and the large number of refugees into neighboring countries has overwhelmed social service providers.
Photo credit © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0153/Tiku
South Sudan Relief Efforts
Tens of thousands of people have died and more than two million people have been displaced since civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013. Because of the war a food crisis is underway, with full-blown famine afflicting some regions. In June, USAID warned that nearly 4.6 million people in South Sudan will soon be facing life-threatening hunger. The conflict's widespread displacement of people has interrupted the usual planting season for two years in a row, fishermen have had to abandon rivers, and usually-bustling markets have been deserted.
The bleak situation has been made worse by confirmed cholera outbreaks. Cholera is likely to spread with the rainy season approaching and so many displaced people living in makeshift shelters without access to clean water.
Funding for aid is urgently needed in South Sudan. Once the rainy season is underway, more than half of the country will not be accessible by road, and humanitarian groups will have to resort to expensive air-lifting of food, medications, and sanitation equipment.