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# Humanitarian Aid

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2022
# Humanitarian Aid
Aid bodies suspend Afghanistan operations after ban on women aid workers
The UN also said that some of its time-critical programmes have had to stop temporarily due to lack of female staff.
# Explainer
'An economic implosion': Afghanistan's hunger crisis explained
Some 55% of the Afghan population is now suffering from hunger, according to the United Nations.
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# sean binder
Widely criticised trial of Irishman in Greece adjourned, moved to appeals court
Greek authorities have been accused of attempting to discourage humanitarian work by criminalising volunteers.
Human rights organisations have accused Greece of attempting to criminalise aid work for migrants, Michelle Hennessy reports.
A protest in Brussels this week called for authorities to drop the charges.
# Bab al-Hawa
Rare cooperation between Russia and US sees cross-border aid to Syria continue
The approved text is an amalgam of two drafts – one proposed by Ireland and Norway, and another by Russia.
Voices
Opinion: In makeshift refugee camps a lost generation of Syrian children cling to hope
The Syrian crisis may be entering its ninth year but a return home still feels a long way off for half a million children stranded in Lebanon, writes Aine Costigan
# Humanitarian Aid
Coveney announces further €2 million of government funding for Palestinian people
Ireland’s total funding to Palestinian people this year amounted to €15.38 million.
Voices
Simon Coveney in Jordan: '80,000 live in Zaatari refugee camp. That's the same population as Galway City'
‘Children are growing up in Zaatari refugee camp having never known any other home,’ writes Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.
# Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg apologises for use of VR video to highlight Puerto Rico aid message
Yesterday, Zuckerberg used Facebook’s app Spaces to roam through a VR-produced 360 video of Puerto Rico.
# good news
Two leading charities, Oxfam Ireland and GOAL, enter into merger negotiations
If the merger goes ahead the new global development agency named Oxfam Goal will be based in Ireland
# hurricane matthew
Ireland to provide humanitarian aid after storm kills 300 in Haiti
The US is now bracing itself for Hurricane Matthew, with states of emergencies declared in a number of places.
# Humanitarian Aid
Ireland is giving €7.5 million to help Syrian people
“Ireland remains committed to the delivery of humanitarian assistance.”
# humanitarians
Irish Naval Service crew to be given medals for assistance with migrant crisis
The Irish Naval Service has rescued over 11,500 migrants to date.
# Kremlin
Russian military helicopter shot down over Syria
The five people on board are believed to have died.
# Civil War
Aid will finally reach 500,000 besieged Syrians today but peace is a long way off
Almost half a million people in Syria are in areas under siege.
# refugee crisis
Ireland is giving more money to help people suffering in Syria
A total of €13 million in humanitarian support has now been committed to victims of the Syrian conflict by the Irish government this year.
Voices
Column: Syria is the humanitarian tragedy of our generation, yet most people just shrug their shoulders
Massacres, hostage-taking, torture and sexual violence. These are the war crimes happening in Syria, yet why don’t we care, asks GOAL CEO Barry Andrews.
# Charity
28 million people in the Middle East need humanitarian aid
Today is World Humanitarian Day and Oxfam Ireland are calling for help.
# Careful Now
Ukraine isn't going to let Russia's 'humanitarian convoy' across its border
Russia insisted its military would not be involved in the convoy, but Kiev said Moscow could only play a role as part of a broader Red Cross mission.
# Civil War
Nearly 11 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid
In his monthly report to the UN Security Council, Ban Ki-moon said that nearly half of the country is in need of immediate help.
# 3rd anniversary
This video of a fictional civil war in the West is the daily reality for children in Syria
The striking clip brings home the effect the conflict is having on children.
# Aid
Latest round of Irish humanitarian funding for Syrian crisis announced
€5.3 million has been approved, out of a total of €12 million this year.
# Syria
Ireland is providing another €12 million in Syrian aid
This brings the total contribution by Ireland since 2011 to over €26 million.
# typhoon yolande
Plane filled with aid from "generous" Irish leaves for Philippines
The aid is being sent by GOAL on a special Aer Lingus flight to the stricken country.
Voices
Column: “Being caught with patients is like being caught with a weapon”
The Syrian people are now presented with the absurd situation of weapons inspectors freely driving through areas of desperate need – while the ambulances, food and drug supplies organised by humanitarian organisations are blocked.
Voices
Column: Are you in or out? Welcome to the great digital divide
The facts are clear: if we want to continue to help the most vulnerable people in this digital age, we must provide the nuts and bolts for the bridge to cross the digital divide, writes John Roche.
# Aid
Ireland to give an additional €3m in humanitarian aid to Syria
Ireland’s total contribution to the international humanitarian response in Syria is almost €14 million.
Voices
Column: There has never been a more dangerous time to be an aid worker
On World Humanitarian Day, Dominic MacSorely hails the men and women who have dedicated their lives, and sometimes lost them, in an attempt to reduce suffering across the world.
# medecins sans frontieres
Médecins Sans Frontières closes centres in Somalia after attacks on staff
After 22 years of work, MSF blames civilians leaders’ tolerance of these abuses.
# Humanitarian Aid
Ireland announces €3.8m in funding for UN agencies and NGOs in Congo
Seven million people have died as a result of war in DR Congo since 1998 – making it the one of the deadliest conflicts since World War II, said the Minister for Trade and Development.
# Poverty
Oxfam Ireland fears EU budget cuts will leave millions in poverty
The charity said that the €6.1 billion which is set to be cut could instead help lift 4.6 million people out of extreme poverty.
# Syria
Over 12,000 Syrians flee to Jordan in six days
The UN has predicted that the number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries will double to 1.1 million by June if the civil war in Syria does not end.
# Syria
Assad warns against armed intervention
Meanwhile the UN has said that the need for humanitarian aid in Syria could rise sharply early next year.
# Syria
Costello to announce increase in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees
The junior foreign minister will visit a refugee camp in Jordan this week where it’s expected he will announce a significant increase in humanitarian aid for people displaced by the civil war.
# Red Crescent
Aid team gains entry to struggling region of Homs in Syria
The food and emergency aid convoy has spent the past six days trying to secure entry to Baba Amr.
# Haiti
Govt to commit outstanding €1.5m of Haiti aid 'in coming months'
Minister of State Joe Costello says Ireland has paid €11.5 million of the €13 million pledged at the 2010 donor conference.
# Syria
Red Cross seeks to broker Syrian ceasefire
The ICRC says it is engaging with government and opposition groups to work out a deal to end fighting in the most affected areas.
# Crises
Political and media interests direct international response to disaster: Oxfam
The humanitarian organisation says government responses to crises remains ‘too little, too late’.
# Haiti
Haiti two years on: finding jobs is now the priority
Oxfam’s Caroline Gluck reports from the island nation still struggling to recover from the devastating impact of the 2010 earthquake.
# Earthquake
Turkish quake: Japanese aid worker among the dead
A Japanese aid worker has become the latest of at least a dozen people to fall victim to Turkey’s treacherous fault lines, following a magnitude-5.7 quake in Van on Wednesday.
# Child Deaths
UN: Ten children dying each day at Somali refugee camp
Child mortality at a camp in Ethiopia has reached an “alarming” level, according to the UN Refugee Agency.