Crisis watch


3 Aug 2018


More than 1.5 million Venezuelans have fled their country over the past year as a result of high levels of violence, lack of food, medicine and access to essential social services. Alexandra Moncada, Country Director for CARE in Ecuador, where approximately 350,000 Venezuelans have sought refuge, says:

Families with small children walk for weeks by foot, unable to afford other means of transportation. Ecuador and Colombia’s local capacities are stretched, and with no official camps, host communities and basic infrastructure are overwhelmed. 

People are reporting that they eat only one meal per day, children are coming in very bad health condition, and pregnant women are crossing the borders to give birth, reporting they don’t have any other option due to the lack of health services in Venezuela.

CARE aims to provide gender-based violence prevention and support, given the high protection and especially human trafficking risks, and to reach the most vulnerable refugees with food security, health service referrals, psychosocial and legal support.

Read more in our press release

3 Aug 2018


CARE is warning that renewed airstrikes will put people in the beleagured port city of Hodeidah at even greater risk of starvation and illness. Jolien Veldwijk, CARE International’s Assistant Country Director in Yemen, warns:

Airstrikes have already destroyed much of the water and sanitation facilities and any new damage risks the outbreak of diseases like cholera. We are also very worried that more and more people will face starvation. We keep thinking it cannot get any worse. But unfortunately we are wrong.

Read more in our press release

2 Aug 2018


Food distribution in the Philippines (composite image)
Images from a food distribution carried out by CARE and our partner organisation Antique Development Foundation

Working with our local partner Antique Development Foundation, we have been distributing food to communities in remote mountain areas affected by flash floods and landslides caused by continuous monsoon rains. CARE is currently implementing a livelihood recovery programme for Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities and we see that the flooding and landslides will have a big impact on people’s livelihoods and economic activities since most of them are farmers.

1 Aug 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo 

The DRC Ministry of Health has confirmed that an Ebola outbreak has spread to North Kivu, one of the most populous provinces with a population of 8 million. CARE is implementing programmes in areas close to the affected ones, and is monitoring the situation. This follows an earlier Ebola outbreak in Equateur province and the resurgence of cholera in more than half of the DRC provinces, with a peak in Kasai Oriental. CARE continues to provide humanitarian assistance to people in need in the provinces most affected by the humanitarian crisis, which include the Great Kasai region, in North and South Kivu provinces.

31 July 2018


CARE has already supported 49,500 people displaced from their homes by inter-communal violence and arriving in Gedeo, Ethiopia. We have provided shelter items, non-food items and WASH kits, including items such as soap, buckets, washing basins, blankets and cooking pots. 

Almaz, a pregnant mother who fled the conflict and is now in one of the camps for displaced people with her three daughters, said:

There’s nothing to wear here, we left our houses without being prepared for it, therefore, we didn’t have the time to grab extra clothes and we are freezing here on the cold bare cement grounds. I sleep coiled on the ground with my
children and it makes me very sad.

We are aiming to assist up to 150,000 displaced people over the next six months. Read more in our July 2018 factsheet:

CARE Ethiopia Factsheet July 2018.pdf