10 YEARS ON FROM THE EARTHQUAKE AND HAITI IS “STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE”

Press releases   •   Jan 10, 2020 10:52 GMT

NIGERIA: ACTION AGAINST HUNGER CONDEMNS THE EXECUTION OF FOUR HOSTAGES IN THE NORTH EAST

News   •   Dec 13, 2019 18:56 GMT

The armed group responsible for kidnapping six humanitarian workers in north east Nigeria on 18 July, 2019 today claimed they have executed four hostages. This brings the number of killings to five. Action Against Hunger extends its deepest sympathies to their loved ones and its colleagues in Nigeria.

Last July, an employee of Action Against Hunger, two drivers and three health ministry personnel were kidnapped while delivering humanitarian aid to extremely vulnerable people in Borno State. The first hostage to be executed from the group was killed at the end of September.

Action Against Hunger condemns these latest killings in the strongest terms and deeply regrets that its calls for the release of the hostages have not been acted upon. Action Against Hunger is extremely concerned and calls for the immediate release of its staff member, Grace, who remains in captivity.

Action Against Hunger states categorically that every attack against humanitarian workers ultimately impacts vulnerable civilians.

Action Against Hunger is currently providing food assistance every month to approximately 300,000 people in north east Nigeria who have no access to livelihoods and food. In addition, Action Against Hunger is reaching thousands more with life-saving health and nutrition services.

Action Against Hunger requests that the public and media respect the dignity of the victims and the privacy of their families by not sharing images or videos that may circulate on the Internet.

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER CONDEMNS THE EXECUTION OF FOUR MORE HUMANITARIAN WORKERS TAKEN HOSTAGE IN NORTH EAST NIGERIA AND CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE REMAINING HOSTAGE

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YEMEN: HODEIDAH STILL THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE FOR CIVILIANS

Press releases   •   Dec 12, 2019 13:35 GMT

One year after the Stockholm Agreement, Hodeidah is still the most dangerous place in Yemen for civilians

A quarter of all civilian casualties across Yemen in 2019 were recorded in Hodeidah governorate. Despite a ceasefire in the port city being at the heart of last year’s Stockholm Agreement, there have been 799 deaths in Hodeidah since the Agreement was signed, the highest toll nationwide.

Families continue to flee for their lives, with nearly 390,000 Yemenis uprooted from their homes so far in 2019. Half of all those displaced came from just three governorates – Hajjah, Hodeidah, and Al Dhale’e.

Despite a drop in the level of violence compared to 2018, Hodeidah, Sa’ada, Taizz, Al Dhale, and Hajjah remain the most dangerous areas for civilians in 2019.

As aid agencies working in Yemen, we are outraged that after almost five years, Yemenis continue to suffer from an incalculable humanitarian crisis fuelled by conflict and civilians continue to bear the brunt of the violence. Houses, farms, markets, and health facilities are damaged and destroyed, worsening an already dire humanitarian situation.

Yemen is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Ten million people face starvation and 7 million are malnourished. Fighting and restrictions put in place by the authorities hamper our organisations’ ability to reach the communities in greatest need. Conflict also continues to block people’s access to markets and services, and to damage essential infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, and water systems.

Last month’s signing of the Riyadh Agreement, as well as a general de-escalation in hostilities, presents a real window of opportunity to end the war. If urgent action is not taken, we could see another five years of conflict, leading to a greater catastrophe for civilians.

We call on all parties to the conflict, the United Nations Security Council, and countries with influence to work together and speed up implementation of the Stockholm Agreement. The recent announcement of the opening of Sana’a airport for medical flights is a positive sign, and if implemented, it will help thousands of sick Yemenis access lifesaving medical care.

Now is the time to build confidence towards peace through the Agreement and beyond, by implementing revenue-sharing from Hodeidah port to pay salaries across the country and by ending the politicised deadlock over fuel to resolve the crisis.

While we call for full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement, it should not be a pre-condition for peace in Yemen. A nationwide ceasefire must also be immediately put in place to secure long-overdue peace talks. What Yemen needs most is an end to the violence through a political solution to the conflict that takes into account the needs of women, youth, and all of civil society.

Signed by:

Action Against Hunger

Adventist Relief and Development Agency

CARE International

Danish Refugee Council

Handicap International - Humanity and Inclusion

Islamic Relief

International Rescue Committee

Intersos

Medecins du Monde

Norwegian Refugee Council

Oxfam

Première Urgence Internationale

Saferworld

Vision Hope International

ZOA

Latest casualty (deaths and injuries) and humanitarian figures

  • A total of 1,008 civilians have been killed by armed violence so far this year, down from 2,049 for all of last year.
  • More civilians have been killed or injured by ground fighting this year than in the 12 months before.
  • More than 2,100 incidents of armed violence have involved civilians since the Stockholm Agreement - no improvement on the prior 12 months.
  • The number of civilians were killed or injured by explosive ordnance has increased, from 349 people impacted last year to 504 so far this year.
  • 327 incidents of armed violence directly affected civilian houses in 2019, 60 percent of the total incidents. Half of the child and women casualties in 2019 resulted from incidents affecting houses.
  • More than 40 percent of all incidents of armed violence affecting civilians occurred in Hodeidah Governorate. A quarter of all 3,086 country-wide civilian casualties took place in Hodeidah, followed by Taiz Governorate.
  • The overall number of civilian casualties dropped compared with 2018, largely due to a significant reduction in airstrikes in Hodeidah and a recent de-escalation of violence across the country.
  • Data and analysis on civilian casualties and impact on civilian infrastructure was conducted by ACAPS and CIMP. This is open source data and has not been separately verified by the INGOs that are signatories here.
  • Photos, videos and stories of displaced people:
  • Photos of people displaced from Hodeidah can be found here.
  • Stories about a displaced family can be found here.
  • Video of a displaced family can be found here.
  • For media interviews, please contact:
  • Jovita Sandaite, Action Against Hunger, Advocacy Expert, advocexpert@ye-actioncontrelafaim.org, +962 778 527 171
  • Michelle Delaney, Norwegian Refugee Council Media Advisor, michelle.delaney@nrc.no, +47 941 65 579
  • Alex Hilliard, CARE Yemen Policy, Communications and Information Coordinator, alexandra.hilliard@care.org, +447951727473
  • Sarah Grainger, Oxfam Senior Press Officer, sgrainger1@oxfam.org.uk, +44 781 018 1514.
    • Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and work with their communities before and after disaster strikes. We ensure that everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable people to provide for themselves and we constantly search for more effective solutions, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the world. We push for long-term change. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger.
    • In 2018, Action Against Hunger helped more than 21 million people in nearly 50 countries around the world.
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    A quarter of all civilian casualties across Yemen in 2019 were recorded in Hodeidah governorate. Despite a ceasefire in the port city being at the heart of last year’s Stockholm Agreement, there have been 799 deaths in Hodeidah since the Agreement was signed, the highest toll nationwide.

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    COULD EATING MORE INSECTS HELP TACKLE WORLD HUNGER?

    Press releases   •   Nov 21, 2019 09:59 GMT

    Fine Wine Auction raises £350,000 for Action Against Hunger

    Press releases   •   Nov 04, 2019 13:01 GMT

    • The money raised can provide therapeutic nutrition to more than 8000 children facing life-threatening hunger

    ACTION AGAINST HUNGER'S LIFESAVING ACTIVITIES TO RESUME IN NIGERIA

    Press releases   •   Oct 31, 2019 16:18 GMT

    To reach Sustainable Development Goals developed for 2030, we must reverse the trend of increasing child hunger

    Blog posts   •   Oct 18, 2019 09:55 BST

    With global hunger and child malnutrition on the rise, the international community must renew its commitments to reverse this trend.

    ACTION AGAINST HUNGER DENOUNCES THE EXECUTION OF ONE OF SIX HOSTAGES KIDNAPPED IN NIGERIA IN JULY

    News   •   Sep 25, 2019 13:38 BST

    The armed group holding captive an employee of Action Against Hunger, two drivers and three health ministry personnel, have executed one of the hostages.

    Action Against Hunger is devastated by this tragic news, and our deepest sympathies go out to the victim’s family and loved ones.

    The hostages were kidnapped on 18 July whilst delivering life-saving aid to the people of north east Nigeria, people who are relying on humanitarian organisations to meet their most basic needs.

    Action Against Hunger condemns in the strongest terms this assassination and urgently calls for the release of the hostages, reminding them that they were present in the north east of the country only to help the most vulnerable.

    Action Against Hunger is extremely concerned and is fully mobilized to ensure that the remaining hostages can be quickly and safely reunited with their families.

    Action Against Hunger also requests that the public and journalists respect the dignity of the victim and the privacy of the families by not sharing images or videos that may circulate on the Internet.

    Action Against Hunger is devastated by the tragic news that one of the hostages kidnapped in an aid convoy on 18 July has been executed by the armed group holding them.

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    ACTION AGAINST HUNGER STRONGLY REJECTS THE ACCUSATION OF “AIDING AND ABETTING” A TERRORIST ORGANISATION

    News   •   Sep 19, 2019 18:01 BST

    On 18 September, Action Against Hunger was ordered by the Nigerian Army to close its main offices in Borno and Yobe states, north eastern Nigeria. This decision, given without notice, has put into jeopardy the vital assistance that Action Against Hunger is providing to millions of people across Borno and Yobe states.

    Action Against Hunger strongly rejects the accusation of “aiding and abetting” a terrorist organisation, and is working productively with the Nigerian authorities to try and resolve this situation.

    Action Against Hunger stands ready to support any investigation, and will work tirelessly with the Nigerian authorities to allay any concerns they may have about our operations in the region.

    Action Against Hunger delivers neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian aid to millions of people in Borno and Yobe states by providing basic services to the most vulnerable people, especially women and children.

    Vital assistance to millions of people put in jeopardy by the Nigerian army's closure of aid agency's offices in conflict-affected areas of north east Nigeria.

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    ACTION AGAINST HUNGER STAFF MEMBERS KILLED IN VIOLENCE IN ETHIOPIA

    News   •   Sep 06, 2019 06:44 BST

    With deep sadness, Action Against Hunger has confirmed that two colleagues were killed in the Gambella region of Ethiopia early on the morning of 5 September.

    Team members were in transit from our 24-hour pediatric Nutrition Stabilisation Center inside the Nguenyyiel Refugee camp when they were ambushed by armed individuals. Two employees were killed at the scene. Action Against Hunger has suspended operations in Gambella, but is maintaining the provision of life-saving assistance.

    Action Against Hunger is coordinating with the authorities who are investigating the attack.

    Every day, humanitarian workers around the world risk their lives as they provide life-saving assistance to civilians. Our thoughts are with the families of our deceased colleagues.

    Action Against Hunger has worked in Ethiopia since 1985. In 2018, we reached more than 830,000 people in the country.

    Action Against Hunger confirms that two colleagues were killed in the Gambella region of Ethiopia.

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