Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Highlighting Crises in South Sudan, Yemen

South Sudan and Yemen are two of a handful of countries that are suffering a crisis, due to a combination of war, a collapsed economy and weather-related factors that have decimated food production. Two agencies are working (to the extent allowed) to help alleviate the problem: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontiers). While we highlight South Sudan and Yemen as just two of the countries, conditions are just as bad in Somalia, Nigeria and other nearby countries.

Urgent Need in South Sudan

Photo: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Famine and violence in South Sudan have created the worst crisis in Africa. Children are starving to death. The vast majority of those on the run are women and children. They need urgent food, shelter, protection and safety. You can help rush critical supplies like medicine, clean water, food and tents to desperate children and families. Your tax-deductible monthly gift to USA for UNHCR (The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) will save lives from South Sudan to Yemen from Syria to Ukraine – wherever refugees are in need of help.

USA for UNHCR helps and protects refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. Supporting UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, your gift provides lifesaving essentials including shelter, water, food, safety and protection. Around the world, we help refugees survive, recover and build a better future. As a USA for UNHCR donor, you’ll receive updates on how your gift is helping.

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Two-Year Crisis Worsens in Yemen
Photo: Medicins sans Frontiers
More than two years of intense conflict have left an ever-growing trail of destruction, suffering and trauma for Yemenis. United Nations (UN) estimates speak of at least 10,000 killed and 42,000 injured since the fighting intensified in March 2015. As the war rages on, each day brings its new share of casualties. -from MSF's briefing paper,"Yemen Crisis: Obstructed Aid and Crumbling Health Care System"

Millions of people across Yemen are in critical need of aid in order to survive in a country where the economy has largely collapsed, basic services struggle to function, and social safety nets are strained. Many of the patients we treat, and the families of the medical staff with whom we work, have lost their livelihoods and face illness, rising prices, and shortages of essentials, including food, fuel, and electricity. -from MSF's website update
Targeting a Donation to Yemen
While it is possible to have your gift directed toward a specific program or country, MSF asks that you contribute unrestricted funding. By not restricting your contribution for a specific emergency or project, you will enable us to allocate our resources more efficiently and where the needs are greatest.   

Should you still wish to restrict your donation please indicate the specific program or country when making your contribution (Yemen). In order to restrict an online donation, you must send an email to donations@newyork.msf.org after your transaction is complete. In your email, please tell us to which country or program you would like the funds directed. Please include your name, full address, the amount of your donation, and your donation confirmation number so that we can locate your record. Make an Online Donation

Charity Navigator provides a partial list of Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations providing assistance to victims of famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. The list includes MSF and UNHCR (USA).

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