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Combatting drought and food insecurity in Somalia

08 Aug 2014

Nearly 1 million people in Somalia were reported to be in need of life-saving help in 2014, 300,000 of whom were malnourished children. Exacerbating the food situation, Somalia was also dealing with military offensives and threats from insurgents. The UNHCR estimated that 50,000 people were internally displaced in the first quarter of 2014 alone, with […]

Displacement and return in the DRC

07 Aug 2014

Historical violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between 1994 and 2003 led to the loss of an estimated 5 million lives. While violence has subsided to a large extent, in 2014 renewed conflict in the country displaced an estimated 150,000 households, many of them crossing the border to Uganda. But the gradual restoration […]

Responding to drought in Central America

03 Aug 2014

Climate change and the “El Niño” phenomenon of unusually warm ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, saw Central America plagued by drought this year. The lack of water damaged the staple corn and bean crops across the region, reducing harvests by up to 90 per cent in some areas and pushing hundreds of thousands of […]

Child migrants in Honduras

03 Aug 2014

Some 61,500 illegal child and adolescent migrants, many coming from Honduras and El Salvador, were caught on the southern border of the United States by US migration authorities between October 2013 and July 2014. More than 13,000 of them were subsequently deported to Honduras, where the authorities, unable to cope with the huge number of […]

Towards enabling civil society space

25 Jul 2014

Members of the regional ACT South America Forum and Central America and Caribbean Forum undertook a joint advocacy initiative in July 2014 to grow civil society space and south-to-south cooperation, with a dialogue event in El Salvador. In attendance were Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, El Salvador’s Vice Chancellor and Vice Minister of the […]

Attacks on innocent civilians in Israel oPt conflict must stop says ACT Alliance

11 Jul 2014

Press Release – International humanitarian and development organisation ACT Alliance has condemned the attacks on civilians and called on the international community to act immediately to stop the escalating violence between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The Alliance is calling for an urgent ceasefire, followed by intensive diplomatic intervention involving all parties including the […]

Christian Aid responds to Nigeria conflict that has displaced 50,000

07 Jul 2014

Partners of ACT member Christian Aid are providing emergency support to some 50,000 people who have fled a conflict in the north central state of Benue in Nigeria. The violence is the latest outbreak of a long-running land dispute between local farmers and groups of nomadic Fulani cattle herders. Clashes between Fulani and Jukun communities […]

Ebola leaves football fans in the dark

26 Jun 2014

Football lovers in Gbalamuya village in Kambia county, Sierra Leone, a region bordering Guinea, are at a loss this football season as they are forced to forgo their favourite matches on the big screen. They are gripped by fear of the vicious Ebola virus. Their concern stems from the fact the disease is primarily spread […]

Keep up the climate momentum

15 Jun 2014

Photo: ACT/Sean Hawkey   United Nations climate change talks in Bonn (Germany) have been suspended on a positive note, with countries closer to agreeing a new global climate deal next year that would put a reign on runaway climate change. It follows recent signals from the US and Mexico of carbon emission cuts, as well […]

Commemorating 10 years in Darfur

08 Jun 2014

2014 marked the 10th anniversary of ACT’s programme of work in Darfur in partnership with Caritas. The UN has described Sudan’s western Darfur region as one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with 300,000 people having been killed and 2.3 million violently displaced. Current estimates say 1.2 million Darfuris live in camps and […]

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