Crisis watch

Training on handwashing and social distancing in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh
15 March 2018

Zambia

A family in front of their shelter at a refugee camp in Zambia
Kasonta Kalungu and her family in front of their new shelter at Mantapala settlement

Since September 2017, more than 15,000 refugees fleeing from violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been registered at the Kenani Transit Centre in Luapula province. Refugees are in need of food, clean water, sanitation and soap, shelter materials and building support, medical services and treatment, protection from sexual and domestic violence, safe spaces for children, women and vulnerable people, and psychosocial counselling for trauma.

CARE has established a Coordinated Response Centre for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence at the Kenani Transit Centre. At the Mantapala Refugee Settlement, we are working (in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency) to construct 2,500 transitional shelters. We have trained 30 volunteers from both the refugee and the host communities to assist with construction. Six are providing technical support to people to construct their shelters, and the remaining 24 are constructing shelters for people with special needs.

14 March 2018

Chad

CARE has assisted over 26,000 refugees from the Central African Republic who have fled to southern Chad, ensuring access to water and sanitation, distributing non-food items, dignity kits, plastic sheeting, and shelter kits, and working to prevent incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. More people are in need of support, with 1,700 more refugees registered in the last week alone. Read more in our factsheet:

Chad Refugee Factsheet March 2018

5 March 2018

Uganda

Thousands of refugees who have fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are at risk from a cholera outbreak at a number of refugee settlements in south western Uganda, including Kyangwali settlement where CARE  is providing assistance to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. Delphine Pinault, Country Director for CARE Uganda, said:

This outbreak has come at a particularly bad time. People are exhausted, especially women and girls who have already suffered so much trauma. We’ve seen waves of refugees arriving in their thousands in the last few weeks. The needs are overwhelming as we simply don’t have the resources to match it.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 45,000 refugees from the DRC have arrived in Uganda since 1 January 2018.

28 Feb 2018

Papua New Guinea

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Highlands of PNG just before 4am on 26 February. There is still very limited information available about the impact and damage. Affected populations are spread across Southern Highlands Province, Hela Province and parts of Enga and Western Provinces. CARE is mobilising resources for  a needs assessment and potential emergency response.

27 Feb 2018

Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Family cooking in damaged building in Eastern Ghouta, Syria
A family cooking in the basement of a damaged building

Teams from a Syrian organisation that CARE supports in Syria have been distributing aid during pauses in the fighting. People who are able to come to the distribution point receive flour and Halawa (sugary paste) and some distributions have been made to households, in cases where families are unable to reach the distribution area. Huda, a  mother of three children, said:

People here are tired and frustrated. There is only shelling, destruction, fear and hunger. We do not eat to be full. We eat to not die of hunger. My daughter wants milk and I am unable to get her any. Planes are in the sky. They are starting to strike all around us. I need to go underground.

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