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As well as responding to large-scale conflicts like the Syria crisis or natural disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal, we also respond to approximately 30 smaller 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

280,000 people, 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, while over 100,000 people living in the border areas of Niger have been forced to flee their homes. The influx of refugees and returnees, along with the huge numbers of internally displaced people, has made it even more difficult to share the scarce resources. About 80% of the displaced are women and children.

Several recent attacks (June 2016) by Nigerian militants across the border into Niger have forced people to flee further into the region of Diffa. The long forced walks towards safety without food and water – especially taxing on women and children – have caused several deaths. Rotimy Djossaya, the Country Director for CARE International Niger, said:

“I met with many families living under trees due to a lack of available shelter for those seeking safety. Many are being taken in by local families, with some households hosting up to 50 displaced people, while many others have no choice but to shelter in public buildings or find refuge in insecure places such as the open spaces along the main roads or in the bush.”

People here are terrified. This is one of the poorest places in the world and there is only so much that they can do to cope with this large influx of newly displaced people.

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. CARE Niger has reached 205,000 people (as at August 2016) through child protection activities, water and food support, and the distribution of shelter and other non-food items.

CARE Factsheet July 2016: Nigerian conflict crisis

Earthquake in Ecuador

CARE staff beside rubble from the earthquake, Esmaraldas, Ecuador
CARE staff beside an earthquake-damaged building in Esmeraldas province, Ecuador

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on 16 April 2016.

CARE staff in Ecuador say this is the largest disaster they’ve ever experienced. It’s the worst earthquake to hit the country since a magnitude 6.8 tremor in 1987. As at 27 April, 659 people are confirmed dead, 40 are missing, with 4,605 people injured. Buildings and infrastructure have been destroyed or damaged, and more than 29,000 people are living in temporary shelters. The coastal province of Manabi was hardest hit.

An estimated 720,000 people have been affected by the earthquake and many of them will need basic life-saving assistance such as food, water and shelter. People are also in need of mosquito nets, mosquito spray and other hygiene items for disease prevention and health promotion. We also know from previous natural disasters like the Haiti earthquake (2010) and Nepal earthquake (2015) that it can take many years for communities to recover. Affected communities will likely need long-term support. CARE’s response has focused on peri-urban and rural communities and so far our relief and rebuilding support has reached 17,500 people.

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 political crisis and subsequent conflict has affected nearly the entire population and has left over half of it (over 2.5 million people) 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.