Crisis watch


5 June 2018


Around 1.7 million have been affected by the eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, with thousands having to flee their homes and communities. The government is responding but will require assistance to meet needs including shelter, medical care, food, water and clothing. CARE is coordinating with authorities to assist in the response as needed. Ada Zambrano, CARE’s country director in Guatemala, said:

We have worked in the affected communities for a long time and have developed longstanding relationships with the people there. Our priority is to ensure that families are safe and accounted for, even as we determine how best to help survivors get back on their feet for the long term.

4 June 2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina

A tent used by a migrant family in Bosnia
A tent sheltering a refugee family in Bihac (photo taken by our partner organisation Žene sa Une)

CARE is working with local partner organisations to support refugees and migrants arriving in Bosnia. Since January, more than 4,870 people have arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina – as many as in the entire previous year. Our partners will offer emergency shelters for particularly vulnerable families and psychosocial support. Funds are being sought for a solidarity centre in Sarajevo to act as a central contact point for newly arriving refugees.

1 June 2018

South Sudan

Ongoing conflict combined with an extended lean season has led to a significant deterioration in access to food, with more than 20% of households in Pibor country (population 211,000) considered to be in  'catastrophe' (international food security classfication) or famine-like situation. CARE is already responding to gender-based violence and protection needs in the county as part of an inter-agency mobile response team, and CARE South Sudan is now preparing for a potential famine response, dependent on funding.

1 June 2018


A scene at the refugee settlements in Bangladesh
The refugee settlements at the start of the cyclone and monsoon season 

347 households have been relocated to safer areas at the CARE-managed Potibunia camp, but the lack of sufficent space for at-risk refugees, and the lack of cyclone-safe shelters, means that as many as 200,000 people in the Cox's Bazar refugee settlements are estimated to be at risk during the cyclone and monsoon season.

CARE's emergency response has so far reached 226,000 refugees, with recent initiatives including mobile health services to boost access to sexual and reproductive health services for victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

25 May 2018


Heavy rains have killed 183 and injured 215 people in Rwanda, destroyed 9,974 houses and damaged 3,825 hectares of crops. An estimated 42,888 people are internally displaced. CARE has reached 4,619 people through the distribution of non-food items (bedding, kitchen and hygiene kits) in two districts of Rubavu and Ruhango, and has conducted a rapid assessment of gender needs in Bugesera and Rubavu districts.