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5 March 2018

Uganda

Thousands of refugees who have fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are at risk from a cholera outbreak at a number of refugee settlements in south western Uganda, including Kyangwali settlement where CARE  is providing assistance to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. Delphine Pinault, Country Director for CARE Uganda, said:

This outbreak has come at a particularly bad time. People are exhausted, especially women and girls who have already suffered so much trauma. We’ve seen waves of refugees arriving in their thousands in the last few weeks. The needs are overwhelming as we simply don’t have the resources to match it.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 45,000 refugees from the DRC have arrived in Uganda since 1 January 2018.

28 Feb 2018

Papua New Guinea

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Highlands of PNG just before 4am on 26 February. There is still very limited information available about the impact and damage. Affected populations are spread across Southern Highlands Province, Hela Province and parts of Enga and Western Provinces. CARE is mobilising resources for  a needs assessment and potential emergency response.

27 Feb 2018

Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Family cooking in damaged building in Eastern Ghouta, Syria
A family cooking in the basement of a damaged building

Teams from a Syrian organisation that CARE supports in Syria have been distributing aid during pauses in the fighting. People who are able to come to the distribution point receive flour and Halawa (sugary paste) and some distributions have been made to households, in cases where families are unable to reach the distribution area. Huda, a  mother of three children, said:

People here are tired and frustrated. There is only shelling, destruction, fear and hunger. We do not eat to be full. We eat to not die of hunger. My daughter wants milk and I am unable to get her any. Planes are in the sky. They are starting to strike all around us. I need to go underground.

21 Feb 2018

Lake Chad Basin

CARE continues to respond to the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, and so far we have assisted 7% of the total population in need of humanitarian assistance in Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria - reaching a total of more than 700,000 people with food, water, shelter, livelihoods, sexual and reproductive health support, and gender and protection support.

19 Feb 2018

Tonga

Shelter kits being unloaded in Tonga

Cyclone Gita, a category 4 cyclone, caused catastrophic damage to homes, farms and businesses. Many families are in urgent need of shelter, food, water and medical supplies. CARE is working with local partners to deliver shelter kits.

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