Help for Refugees

by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.
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On the occasion of International Refugee Day on
June 20th, the alliance organization of Aktion
Deutschland Hilft Handicap International (HI)
emphasizes that the aid for refugees and displaced
persons with disabilities in many refugee camps
is insufficient.
Vulnerable groups need targeted support Many have health problems and have to deal with the
aftermath of bombing raids or accidents, as well as
traumatic experiences when fleeing.
People with disabilities, pregnant women or the elderly
need specific support. However, it is often
particularly difficult for them to get food, relief
supplies and medical aid.
This is how Handicap International helps refugees with disabilities "Refugees and internally displaced persons with
disabilities are often overlooked. They often live
in precarious circumstances," Managing
Director of Handicap International Germany emphasizes. "We ensure barrier-free access to vital services,
provide wheelchairs or prostheses that have often been
lost when fleeing, and support traumatized victims with
psychological help." In 2022 alone, HI helped around 380,000 refugees and
360,000 internally displaced persons in a total of 35
countries, including Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia,
Pakistan, South Sudan and Thailand, with comprehensive
rehabilitation measures and projects for inclusive education
and training as well as with the expansion of barrier-free
access to relief measures.

Many refugee camps have become permanent According to the UN, more than 100 million people worldwide
had to flee from war, violence and persecution in 2022 alone.
The climate catastrophe, rising living costs, an impending
global economic recession and protracted conflicts are the
main reasons for this increase in refugees and displaced
persons. An increasing number of internally displaced
persons are also among the refugees. Many refugee camps have existed for decades and still have
to take in more people - in many cases they have become
permanent. The camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, for example,
have existed since 1997 and are now home to 1 million people,
most of whom are Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. There are seven camps in Gambella, Ethiopia, housing over
500,000 people as of 2017. The Kakuma camp in Kenya has
existed since 1992 and is home to 800,000 people.
Nobody flees voluntarily. And everyone has the right to
protection and security. Our strong alliance of more than
20 aid organizations helps worldwide.
Thank you for your donation!


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Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: Rescue from the first hour
Thanks to your donation, helpers can be there immediately when people suddenly
find themselves in great need. Just like on the Turkish-Syrian border due to
the devastating earthquakes. In such a situation, every minute really counts,
so that people who have been buried can be rescued quickly and the injured
can be treated immediately. Thanks to donations our alliance organization
provides people in the earthquake area with food, drinking water, emergency
power and warm accommodation. Not only in the earthquake area, but worldwide,
donations enable us to help people directly.
In addition, we are currently using your donations primarily here: • In Ukraine, the partners of our organizations continue to provide important
winter aid. They provide people with stoves, warm clothing and blankets, and
repair windows and doors to make buildings habitable again. • In many East African countries, our alliance organizations support people
who, after years of drought, are no longer able to bring in their own crops.
The helpers distribute special seeds that grow even when it is dry, so that
the farmers can finally harvest again. In addition, together with local partners,
they are building water reservoirs and new wells so that there is enough water
available even in dry times. • In Yemen, which is plagued by civil war, our alliance organizations have
been providing emergency aid for many years. Families receive medical care
and are given food and drinking water. Due to mines and duds, there are many
people with disabilities. They get prostheses so they can walk again. In this
way, many can again provide for their own livelihood. Your solidarity with people worldwide gives hope! Thank you for supporting children, women and men in emergency situations. Sudden
disasters put people in great distress. Your donation helps show them they are not
alone! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your commitment.

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The central Mediterranean is still one of the deadliest escape
routes in the world. Almost 20,000 recorded deaths since 2014
show that too few rescue ships were and are in use there.
In use with a new ship since August 2022 For seven years now, SOS Humanity has been rescuing people
fleeing distress at sea, providing professional care and
support to those rescued on board and documenting their fate. In January 2022, the civil sea rescue organization SOS
Méditerranée Germany changed its name to SOS Humanity and
will continue to rescue operations with the new ship
Humanity 1 at the end of August 2022.
"Dare to be more human" "As SOS Humanity, we have set ourselves another goal," says
Laura Gorriahn, the organization's CEO.
"We want to better educate the public about the situation in
the Mediterranean, document grievances and breaches of the
law and ultimately contribute to changing European migration
policy. This goal is based on the conviction that people are
not only saved at sea, but also through political decisions on
land. We call on you to dare more humanity!"

"Rescuing refugees is a humanitarian duty"
The work of SOS Humanity is supported by a committed civil
society. Volunteer groups work on land, volunteers work on
board. SOS Humanity is financed primarily through donations,
but also through the support of humanitarian organizations,
including many from our alliance.
For example, six years ago, the first ship from then SOS
Méditerranée, the MS Aquarius, was chartered thanks to start-up
financing from AWO International. "Thousands of people are fleeing war and violence and are dying
because Europe is looking the other way. It is our humanitarian
duty to help these people," said Ingrid Lebherz, Managing Director
of AWO International, one of our alliance organizations, at the
ship's farewell ceremony in Bremerhaven in February 2016.

Almost 35,000 rescued people since foundation With the founding of SOS Méditerranée on May 4, 2015 in Berlin,
the German captain and historian Klaus Vogel wanted to help a
group of supporters to end the deaths on the Mediterranean. They
could no longer stand by and watch as thousands of people drowned
in the Mediterranean Sea due to the lack of government rescue ships.

By the end of 2021, the European civil sea rescue association SOS
Méditerranée, with clubs in Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland,
was able to save 34,631 people fleeing across the central
Mediterranean from drowning and to a safe place, first with the Aquarius
and then with the Ocean Viking.

Aktion Deutschland Hilft collects donations for sea rescue SOS Humanity is supported by the alliance organizations AWO
International, ADRA Germany, Arbeiter-Samariter Bund, Help – Help
for Self-Help, Johanniter, World Vision Germany, HelpAge Germany,
LandsAid and the Paritätischer Gesamtverband. Since 2018, Aktion Deutschland Hilft has been calling for donations
under the keyword "Sea Rescue". Because the need is so high and the
funds coming in directly are not sufficient, "Emergency Aid Worldwide"
donations are also used to promote sea rescue.

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"When spring comes, we will be lucky enough to have at least six new lambs," says Sanam happily, gently patting one of the sheep on the back. When the single mother returned to her home town five years ago, she was left with nothing. Today she is a successful small business owner and makes the most popular ghee (clarified butter) in town.

Selected as one of 160 families

Sanam is Yazidi and lives with daughter Dilbreen and son Sorgol near the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The small family owns a total of 22 sheep and five goats. The family is able to make a living from the sale of the milk and the self-produced yoghurt. Sanam started with almost two dozen animals, some food and building material for a fence.
As one of 160 families, she was selected by our alliance organization ASB. Above all, the helpers wanted to help widows and people with disabilities with their program in Sinjar to be able to build a self-determined life after their return.

With 15 refugees in one tent

When the Islamic State (IS) attacked the city of Sinjar on the night of August 3, 2014, Sanam and her children had no choice but to flee: they left their house and their livestock behind. Her husband and her brother's sons were killed by IS. The family found shelter in Sardashte, where they stayed in a refugee camp.
They had to share a tent with another 15 refugees for three years. A return was not considered until 2017, when the Kurdish forces had liberated Sinjar from IS. But the once deserted hometown was hardly recognizable on arrival: "Almost all the houses had been destroyed or burned, the streets were devastated and the animals were stolen," recalls Sanam.

The best ghee in Sinjar
For the past two years, the ASB, one of our alliance organizations, has been supporting Sanam in expanding her small livestock business. In addition to preserved animals and material, she was able to attend a training course where she learned important basics about starting small businesses, animal husbandry and bookkeeping. Today, Sanam's products are very popular.
Her neighbor Nawaf, who sells agricultural products from the region in a small shop, is enthusiastic about her goods. "Sanam makes the best ghee in Sinjar," he says.

Sanam looks to the future with hope
"I'm very grateful that the ASB and Aktion Deutschland Hilft gives me this opportunity. Finally I don't have to worry anymore that my children have to go to sleep with an empty stomach," says the young mother. In the meantime, Sanam's business is doing so well that she can save a few things. At some point she would like to buy a piece of land and build a small house for herself and her children. "Although I miss my husband a lot, I look to the future with hope," says Sanam confidently today.
The ASB is part of the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft.

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After war, persecution and trauma in their homeland, refugees experience kicks, beatings and humiliation at the EU’s external borders. Recent media reports document the renewed numerous illegal deportations from the EU at the Croatian-Bosnian border.

“The recent reports of violent push-backs are shocking to many, but just because this time they were captured on video. Around one third of all refugees who flee to the EU via the so called Balkan route come from Afghanistan and have experienced war, persecution and violence in their country. How can it be that these People, Families and women with infants in their arms, are being beaten out of the EU with batons? This violence is a failure of the local authorities, but also of the entire European Union. ” says a member organization of the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft.

According to the International Organization for Migration, there are currently around 4,000 refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with at least 1,100 of them reportedly staying in unofficial shelters. The actual number of refugees is likely significantly higher. In 2020 alone, the Danish Refugee Council documented around 16,000 cases of illegal push-backs across the Croatian-Bosnian border.

"With the help of our partner organizations, we distribute food, hygiene kits and drinking water along the escape routes in Bihac and Tuzla, and provide safe shelter for vulnerable people for a short time. But this is barely enough to meet the most basic needs of a few refugees," reports a member organization.

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Location: Bonn - Germany
Project Leader:
Theresa Aengenheyster
Bonn , NRW Germany
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