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A 7-year-old injured boy receives treatment after strong earthquake on October 1, 2018 in Palu, Indonesia

Launch of the DEC Indonesia Tsunami Appeal

Posted in Blogs 7 months 2 weeks ago

A DEC appeal has been launched to respond to the Indonesia tsunami and earthquake, with the Government matching the first £2 million of donations through Aid Match. 

Thousands have been left homeless following the Indonesia tsunami and earthquake that hit Sulawesi on Friday 28 Sept 2018

Indonesia tsunami 2018: key facts

Posted in Blogs 7 months 2 weeks ago

The Indonesia tsunami and earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday 28 Sep has devastated everything in its path. With access to the affected areas difficult and communications down, the full scale of this tragedy is not yet known. Our local ActionAid team is bringing essential supplies to those who have lost everything and are without power, water or shelter. Read on for key facts and figures about the crisis. 

Femi gave birth to her second child, a baby girl, at a coconut farm turned into a shelter.

Indonesia tsunami 2018: live updates

Posted in Blogs 7 months 3 weeks ago

The death toll from the Indonesia tsunami and earthquake, which struck the island of Sulawesi on Friday 28 Sep, now stands at over 2,000. Read on for live updates about the emergency from our local team on the ground. 

Commuters cross a river in Patuakhali, southern Bangladesh.

As the ferry I was travelling on chugged across the grey-green river in southern Bangladesh, my colleague pointed to a spot on my right. My gaze fell on a wooden cart. Upon it was a white, opaque plastic sack. “That’s the body of a child,” he told me.  “He drowned.”

Women like Suljhana, 30, in Nepal, are struggling to cope with their periods after the Nepal earthquakes

On average women spend 2,100 days on their period during their lifetime.  So let’s talk about them. A year ago I wrote a blog about periods; 'The worst period of her life: putting myself in her shoes'. Thousands of people have read the blog and continue to do so regularly, which makes me confident it’s something people are ready to talk about at last. A year on, and after hearing stories like Suljhana's from Nepal, I thought it was time to readdress the topic – seeing as it's World Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Watch James Purefoy's video message and donate to support ActionAid's Nepal Emergency Appeal

When ActionAid supporter and actor James Purefoy heard about the two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal, he immediately donated to our Nepal Emergency Appeal, and then he took time out of his busy filming schedule to record this special video message.