Crisis watch


11 April 2018

Horn of Africa

Consecutive failed rainy seasons have eroded the coping capacities of agro-pastoralist communities in the Horn of Africa and more than 15 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia and northern Kenya continue to be in need of humanitarian assistance. CARE continues to provide food and nutrition, water and sanitation, livelihoods, and protection support across the three countries.

10 April 2018

DRC regional crisis

Mother and baby in tent at refugee centre in Burundi
A woman with her baby at Makombe transit site in Burundi

More than 125,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrived in neighbouring countries Burundi, Uganda and Zambia since 1 January 2017. The humanitarian response is severely overstretched and underfunded, especially in Kyangwali settlement in Uganda, where CARE is providing gender-based violence, health and hygiene support to refugees.

4 April 2018


Woman outside makeshift shelter in Chad
Florence Roboussin, a mother of nine children, in front of her makeshift shelter

An upsurge in clashes between armed forces in northwestern Central African Republic at the end of 2017 has led to a large influx of refugees into southern Chad. Many people are living in makeshift shelters and refugees and host communities are struggling to find enough food to eat.  Neloumta Julienne, a mother who fled with her husband and children, said:

We have nothing left. Host populations share the little that they have with us. But what they have is not enough for them any more and they are almost broken. They do not eat enough. What will happen next?

CARE is seeking funds to provide shelter and sanitation support.

23 March 2018


Composite of flooding damage in Madagascar
An aerial view of flooding of a rice-growing valley; (bottom right) Avizara, a vanilla farmer, at his flooded homestead

Heavy rains and flooding following tropical storm Eliakim have devastated parts of the north-east coast, causing 21 deaths and considerable damage to infrastructure and crops. Nearly 10,000 homes are reported destroyed or damaged, and more than 15,000 people displaced. CARE is participating in aerial assessments to consider response needs, as access to remote towns, communes and villages remains a major problem.

19 March 2018

Papua New Guinea

A group of people in the Papua New Guinea highlands
CARE staff talking to people in front of their temporary shelters

An estimated 544,000 people in five highlands provinces have been affected by the recent earthquake, and more than 270,000 people are in immediate need of assistance, including access to water, food, and gender and protection support. This week we distributed food and non-food items in Dodomona (Western Province) where there are over 1,500 people displaced around the airstrip. We have supported the PNG Assembly of Disabled People to complete assessments in Southern Highlands Province; we are conducting a Rapid Gender Analysis to assess gender and protection needs; and we are leading the coordination of the Highlands Humanitarian Hub based in Mt Hagen.