Mar 3, 2020

UPDATE: Support Syrians on the Run

Washington, D.C. (February 25, 2020) – The Global Emergency Response Coalition announced today the launch of an emergency appeal to help Syrians currently experiencing life or death conditions. The lives of nearly 1 million people have been uprooted in Northwest Syria over the last three months, an escalation of a nearly decade-long conflict. Syrians urgently need our help – children are dying from extreme cold and families are out of options. The Coalition is imploring the American public to donate to help save the lives of children and families.

An alarming situation has unfolded in Northwest Syria since December. Over 900,000 citizens have fled continued violence – many multiple times – but closed in by shuttered international borders on one side and the ocean on the other, families are stuck in an increasingly dangerous and desperate situation. This is one example of many among one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time -- Syrians have endured continued violence, deteriorating living conditions, inadequate health care, destroyed schools, and human rights violations for nearly a decade.

“We must do everything in our power to save the lives of Syrians in distress,” said Gwen Young, Managing Director of the Global Emergency Response Coalition. “Winter in Syria is especially brutal as temperatures plunge below freezing – people are dying from abnormally cold weather that is exacerbating already extreme conditions. Some 80,000 people are living outside, exposed to the elements and lacking the shelter they so desperately need for protection.”

Women and children are bearing the greatest brunt and make up over 80 percent of the displaced individuals. They are enduring disproportionate levels of suffering, including gender-based violence and malnutrition, both intensifying along with harrowing conditions on the ground.

The Coalition, including CARE, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International USA, Save the Children, and World Vision, first joined forces in 2017 to bring attention to and increase funding for the East Africa Hunger Crisis. In 2019, the Coalition relaunched to help save more lives by inspiring donors in the United States and quickly getting them involved when disasters strike. Right now, the Coalition’s members are on the ground in Syria working together and with local partners to provide immediate assistance, including basic needs like shelter, food, water, and protection.

“The humanitarian system in Syria is already strained and desperately in need of additional international aid and support,” explains Young. “Our unique partnership leverages each member’s strengths and amplifies efforts to deliver stronger results. Collaborating and coordinating to raise funds and support for Syrians inside and outside of the country ensures that children, families, and communities at risk receive the lifesaving assistance they need.”

Americans can make a difference right now – there is no better time to give. Syrians are in urgent need of support from the international community, and increased funding will make the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of innocent children and families. Start helping Syrians today.


Mar 3, 2020

UPDATE: CARE's Commitment to Refugees

OTTAWA – CARE International calls on world leaders to demonstrate leadership at first-ever Global Refugee Forum

CARE International called on world leaders to seize the opportunity of the first-ever Global Refugee Forum to deliver bold new solutions to uphold the human rights of refugees and support the communities generously hosting them.

"The Global Refugee Forum provides a first critical test of world leaders' intention to bring about a more sustainable and rights-based approach to the way we respond to the needs of refugees," said CARE Canada's Vice President for Global Partnerships, Jessie Thomson.

"The brunt of these crises is too often born by women and girls and other vulnerable groups who are frequently left in limbo for decades, with no solutions in sight. For the first time in years, we have an opportunity to transform the way we respond to the rights and needs of refugees, but we need the political will of governments around the world to deliver on the ambitions set out in the Global Compact on Refugees."

The Global Refugee Forum was hosted by the United Nations Refugee Agency in Geneva from 17-18 December, and was attended by states, international organizations, refugees, civil society, the private sector, and experts. It was the first global conference since the adoption of the Global Compact for Refugees in December 2018 – a global deal that promotes greater international cooperation in support of refugees and the communities that host them.

85 per cent of the world’s 70.8 million displaced people are in developing countries already struggling with resource constraints and inadequate public services. Amid increasingly prolonged conflicts around the world and increasing incidence of permanent displacement due to factors related to climate change, the length of time a refugee spends in exile often stretches over decades.

"No one chooses to be driven from their home and community," noted Thomson. "Next week, world leaders face a historic opportunity to continue the shift towards a more sustainable and collaborative approach that can enable displaced people realize their rights, regain their self-reliance, and support the communities that have generously welcomed them."



Dec 5, 2019

UPDATE: CARE's Response in Syria

For the third year in a row, Syria has remained the deadliest place to be an aid worker, according to an analysis done by CARE International. A devastating 57 aid workers have lost their lives since the beginning of this year, including 18 in Syria – the largest humanitarian death toll for the third year running - and where a war has been raging since 2011.

"Syria continues to be one of the most challenging places to deliver aid in the world. Syrian aid workers, who are at the forefront of the response, constantly put their lives on the line to deliver life-saving assistance,” says Nirvana Shawky, CARE’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“While the people of Idlib are wholly dependent on aid delivered to their communities, heavy artillery and shelling since late April has resulted in an unacceptable loss of life of humanitarian workers and the wider civilian population. All parties to the conflict must meet their responsibilities under International Humanitarian Law to protect all civilians, including aid workers, and ensure they are able to deliver vital assistance to people in need,” Shawky explained.

In the new report by Humanitarian Outcomes - an independent research organisation that provides global data on aid-worker security - national aid workers continue to bear the brunt of the violence compared to their international colleagues. 

On May 8 this year, CARE Afghanistan’s security watchman, Safiullah Ebadi, driver, Mohammed Waqif, and education technical advisors, Mohammed Asif Frotan - all Afghan nationals - tragically lost their lives in a bomb attack on a neighbouring office.

According to Des Clarke, CARE Afghanistan’s Country Director: “This attack reflects the increasing dangers of humanitarian work and the ever-present risk for aid workers across the country. Additionally, conflict as well as a drought-driven acute hunger crisis combine to negatively impact millions of Afghanis. As we mark World Humanitarian Day, we remain committed to our mandate whilst ensuring the highest obligation for our duty of care to our teams. Aid work by definition is dependent on aid workers,” Clark said.

The specific risks faced by female humanitarians are of great concern. Sexual violence against female humanitarian workers occurred in eight percent of violent attacks last year, according to findings by Humanitarian Outcomes. But the number of reported incidents – just 21 since 1997 – suggests that both victims and organisations may be vastly under-reporting the problem.

Rosalind Crowther, CARE South Sudan's Country Director says: "Throughout the world, women play a vital role in every aspect of crisis response, and particularly in preventing, responding to, and working with survivors of gender-based violence

“South Sudan continues to experience the greatest number of major attacks on aid operations and we know that every time the rules governing fighters’ conduct in war are broken, human suffering intensifies. Ultimately, attacks on aid workers hurt the world's poorest,” Crowther continued.


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