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Drought in Ethiopia – Mohamed Ousmael’s story

06 May 2016

  Looming famine In the highlands of Bale region in Ethiopia, the grain harvest is in full swing. Roads are busy with modern agricultural machinery the grain is harvested large scale. Only 100 kilometers away, in the dry plains a major famine is looming. During the previous rainy season there was so little rain that […]

[WHS Blog] Amplify the voices that promote human dignity

06 May 2016

People fled the fighting in South Sudan. Members of the ACT Ethiopia Forum have supported the people arriving in Ethiopia. Photo: Christof Krackhardt   Under Core Responsibility Two – “Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity”, the report of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the World Humanitarian Summit listed in its Agenda for […]

Drought in Ethiopia – Duwi Hawas’s Story

04 May 2016

  Husband in the city for work Duwi Hawas, 30 years old, lives in Buta Wager, a small village, with her six-year-old daughter Genno Dinka. Her parents are living with her. Her husband has gone to the city to work. As is the case in nearly all the Ethiopian lowlands, hardly any rain fell in […]

[WHS Blog] Ban Ki-Moon’s proposals welcome but Istanbul must make this a reality

03 May 2016

Fawzi Abu Jame’a, with his 7-year old daughter Raghad, sit in the ruins of what was once his parents’ home Khan Yunis, Gaza. Houses in the area were destroyed by Israeli air strikes during the 2014 war between the state of Israel and the Hamas government of Gaza.   The UN’s most senior official, Ban […]

The Story of Asha and Her Daughter Kemeria

03 May 2016

  Water reserves depleting rapidly The majority of the population in the Raytu District, the drylands of the Bale Region, make a living from animal husbandry. Availability of water is very important. The water reserves are depleting rapidly because very little rain fell during the last rainy season. The basins in which rainwater is collected […]

Drought in Ethiopia – Amene Ahmed’s story

02 May 2016

Amene Ahmed’s story Ethiopia, Sawena district, Adele   Amene Ahmed (22 years old) lives with his wife and two daughters in Adele in the lowlands of Bale region in Ethiopia. He works as a farmer and has one hectare of land, which is adjacent to that of his father who has 2 hectares of land. […]

[WHS Blog] Developing solutions with and for people

27 Apr 2016

Sabeen Abdulsater (center, in black coat), project officer for the Bekaa Valley for International Orthodox Christian Charities, talks with women refugees from Syria in the village of Jeb Jennine, Lebanon. Photo: Paul Jeffrey   It is good to see that ‘Political Leadership to prevent and end conflict’ features as Core Commitment 1 for the World […]

Testimonies from Nepal – Putali Mata Shrestha

26 Apr 2016

Ranjit Srestha / ICCO Cooperation / ACT “We are a group of Women’s Saving Group and we have 40 members who save Rs 50 (Nepalese Rupee) every month. Our village is a tough place to be a farmer, nothing much grows here except potatoes. So, it helps to have our own savings group, where everybody […]

Hopes for concrete action on climate justice as countries sign on to Paris Agreement

22 Apr 2016

PRESS RELEASE Today, as Heads of State and ministers from more than 150 countries come together in New York to sign the climate agreement finalised in December last year, international humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance has hailed the moment as a long needed move towards “concrete action” for the most vulnerable communities of the […]

Interfaith climate change statement signed by 250 religious leaders

18 Apr 2016

PRESS RELEASE 18 April 2016 – Today, four days before the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on climate change adopted by UN negotiators on 12 December, a Statement from 250 religious leaders supporting this pact and urging much more ambitious action is being handed to UN General Assembly President, Ambassador Mogens Lykketoft. Eminent signatories include […]

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