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Nice Simon, the city mayor of Tabarre holds a baby as she helps people in the village to evacuate from the Tabarre river area in Haiti ahead of Hurricane Matthew

How to help Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Posted in Blogs 2 years 6 months ago

Over half a million women, children and men in Haiti are currently in urgent need of food, clean drinking water and safe shelter after Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful hurricane to hit the Caribbean in nearly a decade, struck the country on Tuesday. 

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Meet ActionAid's humanitarian heroes!

Meet ActionAid's humanitarian heroes

Posted in Blogs 6 months 1 week ago

When disaster strikes, ActionAid does things differently. We work directly with local women and girls to provide support and save lives. Meet just some of the incredible women ActionAid works with in humanitarian emergencies around the world, and find out how they get supplies and information quickly and fairly to those who need it most.

Some of the thousands of Rohingya refugees at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh queuing under umbrellas for food from ActionAid, having fled violence in Myanmar

There are more than 600,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar. As the eyes of the world follow every step of his visit, pressure is on for the Pope to foster a peaceful, long-term solution to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.

Taslima was orphaned as her family fled violence in Myanmar

Imagine leaving everything behind; losing your husband or your parents; being the sole provider for your children or younger siblings. Thousands of Rohingya women and girls are now in this desperate position - often forced to sleep on the roadside - and recruiters of the sex industry are setting their sights on them. The #MeToo campaign is currently joining women's voices from around the world, exposing men who commit rape and sexual assault. We must not forget the women and girls who don't have a voice; like those fleeing conflict in Myanmar. 

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in North Rakhine, Myanmar, late last month.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in North Rakhine, Myanmar, late last month. In the past few days alone I have seen thousands of vulnerable women and children flooding over the border into Cox’s Bazar, sleeping on the roadside, in the open air, with barely even the clothes on their backs.

Children who survived the mudslide wait at a shelter in Freetown.

It is now just over a week since a devastating mudslide swept through some of the poorest communities in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Over 500 people have been confirmed to have died, while over 3,000 people remain missing. Those who have survived have lost everything, and are in a deep state of trauma. Our local staff in Freetown were able to respond within hours of the mudslide, helping in the immediate relief efforts. By last Friday, they had reached 260 families with emergency supplies of food, water and shelter. These images from the team show the impact of the mudslide, and what they are doing to help the most vulnerable.