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As well as responding to large-scale conflicts like the Syria crisis or natural disasters like Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, we also respond to approximately 30 smaller or overlooked emergencies every year. Often these crises receive little or no media attention, but our emergency teams are among the first to arrive on the scene, and stay on to help people rebuild their lives.

 

Niger

Tents at Gagamari village

Gagamari is a small village about 12km from the Nigerian border where many refugees are now living, mostly under tarps or straw huts

More than 100,000 refugees, fleeing insecurity and violence in northern Nigeria, are now living in the Diffa region of Niger. 

The conflict in northern Nigeria is causing a regional humanitarian crisis. Nigerians are fleeing to Diffa, an area already suffering from chronic food insecurity with over half of the population in need of support. The influx of refugees and returnees has made it even more difficult to share the scarce resources.  About 80% of the displaced are women and children. 

CARE has been working in Diffa for many years. We were one of a handful of agencies working in the region when the crisis escalated towards the end of 2014. Our teams are distributing food, drinking water, hygiene kits, household supplies and cash grants to vulnerable people. So far, we’ve helped 72,000 people since August 2014 and are scaling up our response to meet the growing needs.

Yemen

CARE supports communities to rehabilitate water sources and improve their access to clean water

CARE supports communities to rehabilitate water sources and improve their access to clean water

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is worsening as political instability and the conflict continues.

After decades of chronic underdevelopment and socio-economic crisis, 15.9 million people – over 60 percent of the population – are now in need of humanitarian assistance. Children and women have been hardest hit. Many people do not have access to clean water and are struggling to feed themselves and their families. More than 800,000 children under the age of 5 are suffering from acute malnutrition. Basic service infrastructure is near collapse, with fewer and fewer people able to access life-saving assistance, basic health care and education.

Despite the on-going political, humanitarian and security challenges, CARE with its partners, continues to deliver much needed support to Yemenis in various areas of the country. 

Malawi

Flooded area in Nsanje district, Malawi where waters have damaged houses, livestock and propert

Flooded areas in Nsanje district, Malawi where waters have damaged houses, livestock and property

The continuous, heavy rains that pelted Malawi earlier this year caused unprecedented destruction.

The floods have left 106 people dead, including many children and 1.1 million people in need of food assistance.  This is the worst flooding in Malawi for over 30 years. 64,000 hectares of land have been flooded and 279,000 people have been displaced. 

CARE has distributed food, relief supplies, shelter assistance and hygiene kits, as well as livelihoods assistance and has so far reached 116,600 flood-affected people. Addressing the immediate needs of the affected people is a priority, but CARE is also planning a longer-term response to help families recover and rebuild their lives from the devastating effects of the flood. 

Somalia

Displaced Somali woman

A displaced Somali woman

More than three million Somalis face severe food shortage.

Extreme weather conditions and ongoing conflict have brought Somalia to the brink of collapse. Women in Somalia face the second highest risk of maternal death in the world and babies are at the highest risk of dying on the day they are born. 1 in 7 children are acutely malnourished while just 30% of the population has access to clean drinking water and fewer than 1 in 4 have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

CARE has an emergency and development programme in north and south Somalia which focuses on supporting internally displaced people and vulnerable host populations in three main areas: food security, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, and nutrition. We've directly helped over 69,000 people so far.

Central African Republic

Refugee children from CAR eating together at one of CARE’s child-friendly spaces in Dosseye refugee camp, Southern Chad

Refugee children from CAR eating together at one of CARE’s child-friendly spaces in Dosseye refugee camp, Southern Chad

The conflict in CAR has displaced 900,000 civilians

The recent political crisis and subsequent conflict has affected nearly the entire population and has left over half of it (over 2.5 million) in dire need of assistance. Over 450,000 people have fled the country with almost as many internally displaced. 

CARE is supporting refugees who have fled into neighbouring Cameroon and Chad where we are constructing safe water points and latrines as well as providing psychosocial support.