Posts tagged with ’emergency relief’

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Update: Africa Relief Appeal

by Karen Bokma

An unprecedented number of people across the African continent are in need due to natural disaster and violent conflict. While we may not hear about these crises in the media, they are very real for the hundreds of thousands who are affected on a daily basis. In South Sudan, where ongoing violent conflict has caused […]

PWS&D Responds to Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

by Anna Muir

On Friday, September 28, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the central island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, triggering a tsunami that engulfed the city of Palu. The disaster has claimed more than 2,000 lives, and over 80,000 people are displaced. Those living in impacted communities face shortages of clean water, food, housing and fuel. Electricity and […]

No Place to Call Home

by Anna Muir

“I have no place in my country.” Mohammad, a Rohingya man, is devastated about events in Myanmar—where he was born and raised. For decades, the Rohingya ethnic minority have endured severe discrimination in Myanmar. The government denies the Rohingya citizenship, refusing to recognize them as a people. Just over a year ago, the Myanmar military […]

A Chance for a Healthy Life in Somalia

by Anna Muir

Dhaqan was worried about her daughter. At five months old, little Saynab weighed only eight pounds. She wasn’t eating and had developed a fever. Dhaqan and Saynab live in a camp for displaced persons in Somalia, in a region made vulnerable by prolonged drought. Dhaqan could see that a lack of food, poor hygiene and […]

Give Life-Saving Support to Rohingya Refugees This Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2017

by Anna Muir

Over 600,000 Rohingya have been pushed out of their homes in Myanmar and into overcrowded refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Tired and malnourished, Rohingya refugees continue to struggle with little access to food and medical care and face growing water, sanitation and hygiene challenges. Thousands of new arrivals are flooding into the camps, making the […]

The Rohingya Crisis: Stories of Courage

by Anna Muir

Since the outbreak of a military offensive against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Safiri has been living a nightmare. As a Rohingya woman, she’d suddenly become the target for indiscriminate, harrowing violence—civilian killings and the obliteration of villages—in her own home country. Safiri’s own village had been burned to the ground and her […]

Canadian Government to Match Donations to Rohingya Crisis

by Karen Bokma

Extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over half a million Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh. Violence broke out at the end of August when Rohingya militants attacked government forces. According to the United Nations, the Myanmar government responded against the Rohingya with disproportionate violence. On October […]

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

by Karen Bokma

Terrifying violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over 600,000 Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh. A military crackdown on insurgence in the state has left innocent Rohingya families subject to unthinkable trauma—family members killed and homes and fields set ablaze. Forced from their homes with nothing, refugees—mostly women, […]

The Long Road to Recovery: One Year After Hurricane Matthew

by Anna Muir

On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti with a ferocity that caused widespread flooding, damage and displacement. Much of the island nation was still rebuilding from destruction caused by the earthquake in 2010. For the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, another deadly disaster was debilitating. Moved by compassion, Presbyterians across Canada responded […]

Responding to Hurricane Irma

by Karen Bokma

Hurricane Irma has struck the Caribbean leaving devastation in its wake. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced. ACT Alliance members are currently assessing the situation in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, and coordinating their response to Hurricane Irma. Through the ACT Alliance, PWS&D is able to respond to meet immediate needs like […]