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Upholding the rights of indigenous women

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08 Jul 2013

Around 40 per cent of the Guatemalan population is indigenous – mainly Mayan. They suffered most of the 200,000 killings in the 1980s civil war. In 2013, the ACT Guatemala Forum, made up of eight members, commissioned a study about violence against indigenous women, to raise awareness both socially and politically. The study found that […]

DRC refugees in Uganda

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08 Jul 2013

The presence of uncontrolled armed groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led to severe insecurity and displacement of people. The terror these groups have unleashed has included sexual violence, killings, arbitrary executions and other gross human rights violations. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled to Uganda to […]

ACT Alliance awards best work to mitigate the effects of climate change

Photo: Elisabeth Gouel/ACT
22 May 2013

The ACT Alliance Climate Change Award for 2013 was given May 21st to RDRS Bangladesh for best practice in its project, alleviating poverty through disaster risk reduction, which has been implemented in North West part of Bangladesh. Speaking at the award ceremony at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, John Nduna, ACT’s General Secretary said:  “As […]

Governments must accelerate efforts to eradicate violence against women

A woman in a camp in rebel-held territory in the eastern Congo. Families displaced by fighting between rebel Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda and the Congolese military took refuge in this camp they established in the shadow of a United Nations base in the village of Kiwanja. The town was the site of a November 2008 massacre of some 150 people conducted in the wake of armed clashes.
Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
06 Mar 2013

Alarming statistics illustrate the enormous obstacles that remain in the way of eliminating epidemic levels of violence against women and girls. The United Nations indicates that as many as 7 in 10 women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetimes. In response to these numbers – and to commemorate […]

As Syrian conflict mounts, refugees flock to Lebanon, Jordan and Armenia

Sector 5 in Za'atari camp were in May 2013 still quite empty. A lot of services were missing for the refugees living here, like enough toilets, kitchens and water posts.
ACT/ Paul Jeffrey
19 Feb 2013

As the bitter battle for Damascus intensifies and further engulfs the region, ACT Alliance expects that even more than 1.1 million Syrians will seek safety in neighbouring countries before June 1 this year – thereby surpassing the latest United Nations estimates. Nearly 700,000 Syrians have already fled across the border. These refugee numbers come on […]

Syrian refugees welcomed to Lebanon amid political tensions

Face painting, performing and outdoor games are all activities used by ACT member trauma counselors to help displaced Syrian children express their feelings through art and play. These children are among 2,300 displaced Syrian men, women and children who have benefited from the counseling program since it was first provided in March 2012.
ACT/Paul Jeffrey
21 Jan 2013

As their country’s civil war drags on, thousands of Syrian families continue to flee the incessant violence for safety in neighboring countries. Yet in many places where they have taken refuge, the struggle to survive remains a daunting challenge. As of January 17, more than 650,000 Syrian refugees throughout the region had either registered with […]

A deepening food crisis

To Camp Mbere, between 500 and 1200 refugees arrive everyday. ACT member LWF and its partners are doing everything possible to keep up with the influx of people. They have the capacity to build around 300 tents per day.
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20 Apr 2012

It looks like any other school yard, any other school day. But it is actually the first school day in Camp Mbere, a refugee camp only a few kilometres from the Malian border in Mauritania. Suddenly a camera attracts the attention and hundreds of children sets of, screaming and laughing. Like any other children. When […]

A perfect storm exacerbates food crisis in Burkina Faso

Tin'Akoff, Burkina Faso, five miles from the Mali border. Akmoudou, 32 (l), and Fatumatou, 28 (r), have had to resort to eating wild food such as water lily roots which they would normally feed to their livestock. Akmoudou lost his job in the Ivory Coast due to the turmoil in the country last year and had to sell his livestock to pay for a ticket home. Now the couple have nothing but their house. 
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02 Mar 2012

Fatumata, 28, knocks the leaves of a thorny tree with a long metal pole and picks them up off the dry and dusty ground one by one. “We normally only feed these leaves to our animals,” she explains, “but the situation is so difficult now that we are eating them ourselves.” When asked if there […]

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