Climate change alongside increased violent conflict has led to a number of humanitarian emergencies in the 21st century. We help those impacted by natural disasters and conflicts across the world by providing medications, clean water, food and shelter.
Is changing the world for the better on your ‘to do’ list? If not, it absolutely should be. As fighting continues in the Iraqi cities of Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah, thousands of families continue to flee for their lives. Ten million people – half of them children – are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance and 3.4 million have been forced to leave their homes. Conflict is devasting lives. Fighting in the Mosul area alone has already displaced around 150,000 people since March. Families face a terrible choice. Thousands of people have been injured and many families in Mosul are risking their health each day by drinking untreated water. Whether they stay in their war-torn communities or flee for safety, they must risk their lives and the lives of their children. We must do all we can to protect them.
Somalia Drought and South Sudan Famine Emergency
The sparse rainfall and fighting between militants are the main causes for the deprivation of the crop harvests and livestock herds, putting millions of lives at risk. UMR plans to provide life-saving assistance to families by sending family assistance packages for $150. Each care pack includes clean drinking water, food, and hygiene kits. Our aim is to reduce malnutrition, protect the thousands of displaced families and restore their dignity.
“Immediate support is required to prevent a significant deterioration of the humanitarian situation,”-Peter de Clercq U.N. humanitarian coordinator.
The recent Nepal earthquake in April 2015 killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. It occurred on 25 April, with a 7.8 magnitude and was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since 1934. Overnight hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened across many districts of the country. A major aftershock occurred on 12 May 2015 with a magnitude of 7.3. More than 200 people were killed and more than 2,500 were injured by this aftershock.
UMR had a team on the ground within 48 hours of the earthquake.
As the fighting in Yemen flares up, the nation is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. More than 100,000 people have fled their homes. The death toll continues to rise daily, with at least 500 dead and 1,700 wounded just in the past two weeks.
Already the most impoverished nation in the Middle East, Yemen, with a population of 24 million, is also one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. According to the United Nations, the continuing conflict has increasingly “disrupted water supplies in areas of southern Yemen…with sewage overflowing in some areas, raising the risk of disease.”
Gaza Emergency Appeal
The escalation of violence last summer caused the humanitarian situation in Gaza to reach crisis point. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes. They were in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical care. Over 200,000 people urgently needed food aid; 1.5 million people had no or very limited access to water or sanitation; and over 65,000 people were made homeless after their houses were severely damaged or destroyed.
Syrian Refugees Emergency Appeal
The protracted Syrian conflict has had a devastating impact on Syria and has left more than nine million people in need of urgent aid. In many parts of the country water supplies have been cut, food is in short supply and the health system has effectively collapsed.
Labeled the worst humanitarian disaster since World War II, 1.2 million houses have been damaged, 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Syria, and a further 2.5 million people have now fled to the neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.
UMR continues to work with Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan providing food, shelter, and medical aid.