The Philippines: Helping each other in times of emergency
21 December, 2012
Sunday afternoons in the Philippines are, in normal times, peaceful affairs – a time to relax, reflect and spend time with one’s family. But in Nabunturan, in the heart of Compostela Valley in Mindanao, these are far from normal times. This valley was one of the areas worst hit by...
Getting ready: Japan's Search and Rescue Team
20 December, 2012
Urban search and rescue operations save people’s lives in the aftermath of large scale natural disasters such as earthquakes. Quick, effective and well coordinated deployment and operations by international search and rescue teams with expert skills and technology, especially within the...
Humanitarian Appeal: UN calls for US$ 8.5 billion to help 51 million people in 16 countries
14 December, 2012
The United Nations today called for US$ 8.5 billion for aid agencies to help 51 million people cope with humanitarian emergencies in 2013.
The Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for next year, launched in Rome by UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive...
Aid Worker Diary: People Helping People after Typhoon Bopha
9 December, 2012
At first, the main road out of Davao, southern Mindanao, to the picturesque Compostela Valley looks completely normal. Lorries and motorbikes weave through the traffic and, by the side of the road, shops and houses are festooned with Christmas decorations.
But as we near the area that...
Myanmar: Humanitarian Chief calls for more support
7 December, 2012
The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, called for more support for displaced people living in camps in Rakhine State, at the end of a four-day visit to Myanmar on Friday.
“We have to improve the situation,” Ms. Amos said. “The reality is that...