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Sahel struggles with 4 year crisis but people's resolve is strong Sahel struggles with 4 year crisis but people's resolve is strong (02/04/2014)
The people of the Sahel are struggling to emerge from the four nutrition crises that have affected the region since 2005. Along the Mauritanian-Senegalese border, food shortages are frequent and this year is no different.




EU Humanitarian Aid: Combating Undernutrition EU Humanitarian Aid: Combating Undernutrition (26/03/2014)
For over 20 years, EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection has been working with over 200 partners to save lives and reduce suffering including fighting undernutrition.



South Sudan: humanitarian crisis set to worsen with imminent rains South Sudan: humanitarian crisis set to worsen with imminent rains (24/03/2014)
The violence that broke out in South Sudan's capital Juba quickly spread to other locations in mid-December 2013. During the first six weeks of the crisis Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States saw heavy fighting between Government and opposition forces. Other States were also affected with fleeing populations seeking shelter and food.



Syria: 3 Years of CrisisSyria: 3 Years of Crisis (14/03/2014)
For 3 years the crisis in Syria has devastated the nation. 9.3 million people are affected and 2.5 million people have sought refuge outside Syria.



3 months after Haiyan3 months after Haiyan (07/02/2014)
26 000 people are still in evacuation centres after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda in the Philippines. The provision of shelter is a key humanitarian issue trying to be solved as many emergency shelters are needed to get the country back on its feet.



3 months after Haiyan: Providing Nutrition3 months after Haiyan: Providing Nutrition (04/02/2014)
3 months after Haiyan struck the Philippines, clean up operations are still underway but a key concern is ensuring the many victims of this tragedy, particularly children and women, are receiving nutrition.



3 months after Haiyan: Providing shelter3 months after Haiyan: Providing shelter (04/02/2014)
Tacloban saw massive destruction from the impact of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, shocking the world as images of a city being brutally washed away, spread around the world.



EU humanitarian support in MyanmarEU humanitarian support in Myanmar (04/02/2014)
Myanmar/Burma is slowly engaging in political and economic reforms, but decade-old conflicts still bring suffering to tens of thousands.



European Commission's Claus Sorensen on new approach for the SahelEuropean Commission's Claus Sorensen on new approach for the Sahel (03/02/2014)
Ahead of the announcement of the new approach on combating hunger in the Sahel and helping the people there be strong for life, EU Humanitarian Aid Director General Claus Sorensen elaborates more on the phenomenon and reiterates the EU's commitment in the short and long-term to providing support and building the capacity of the communities in the Sahel.



Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for the Sahel - teaserConsolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for the Sahel - teaser .Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for the Sahel - teaser (30/01/2014)
A few days before the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for the Sahel, which will take place in Rome on Monday at 12:30, watch this video for an overview of the current situation.



SAHEL AGIR - Breaking the cycle of emergency in the Sahel and West AfricaSAHEL AGIR - Breaking the cycle of emergency in the Sahel and West Africa (14/01/2014)
Over the last decade, four successive food crises have affected up to 18 million people in the Sahel. Hunger and malnutrition have now become a permanent emergency.



How a Gender and Age marker will help humanitarian responsesHow a Gender-Age marker will help humanitarian responses (10/01/2014)
Does one size fit all when providing relief assistance after a disaster or conflict? The dangers faced by girls, boys, women, men and the elderly can be very different, which is why our new toolkit, the Gender-Age marker, will better target humanitarian responses to different groups.



Afghan refugees in IranAfghan refugees in Iran (07/01/2014)
The Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland, was recently in Iran to visit projects which are providing assistance to Afghan refugees in the country.



The Human ChainThe Human Chain (13/12/2013)
The Sahel has been hit by severe droughts three times in seven years. Normally it's every 10 years. This documentary that we have produced together with the World Food Programme, shows the triple crises challenges faced in the Sahel and how we aided the population.



Commissioner Georgieva annoucing EU Children of Peace projectsCommissioner Georgieva annoucing EU Children of Peace projects (27/11/2013)
As part of the EU Children of Peace event on 20 November, Commissioner Georgieva formally announced the 9 new partner organisations.



Jan Egeland speaking from Iran on how lifting of sanctions will help humanitarian operationsJan Egeland speaking from Iran on how lifting of sanctions will help humanitarian operations (25/11/2013)
The agreement in Geneva regarding the lifting of sanctions against Iran which have been hampering humanitarian operations to Afghan refugees there, came during the visit of Jan Egeland to Iran. He gave us his reaction to the news on camera direct from the country...



Has Sindh in Pakistan recovered from the 2010 floods?Has Sindh in Pakistan recovered from the 2010 floods? (25/11/2013)
Pakistan made international headlines when one of the biggest floods in a century hit the country in 2010, affecting an estimated 18 million people...




Emergency Response Coordination Centre in actionEmergency Response Coordination Centre in action (25/11/2013)
What is the role of the Emergency Response Coordination Centre in disaster relief like in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda?...



EU Children of Peace: One Year On...EU Children of Peace: One Year On... (20/11/2013)
The Nobel Peace prize and EU funds helped ensure 28 000 conflict affected children could continue their education through four EU Children of Peace projects in 2013.



Lessons to take home: girls' education in PakistanThe day we escaped war in DR Congo (19/11/2013)
From the Euronews series Children of War covering the EU's Children of Peace projects around the globe, see this report from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A protracted crisis, children are receiving education, care and psycho-social support...



Lessons to take home: girls' education in PakistanThe playground refuge: "Friendly Space" for kids at Syrian refugee camp (19/11/2013)
From the Euronews series Children of War covering the EU's Children of Peace projects around the globe, see this report from Iraq the initiative is supporting children from Syria who have been forced to flee the conflict...



Lessons to take home: girls' education in PakistanColombia: how the youngest suffer from 'those people' (19/11/2013)
From the Euronews series Children of War covering the EU's Children of Peace projects around the globe, see this report from Colombia where the initiative is helping children with education and child protection activities...



Lessons to take home: girls' education in PakistanLessons to take home: girls' education in Pakistan (19/11/2013)
From the Euronews series Children of War covering the EU's Children of Peace projects around the globe, see this report from Pakistan where 4 000 children are benefiting from the project...



EU Civil Protection Coordination Role in Philippines ResponseEU Civil Protection Coordination Role in Philippines Response (14/11/2013)
Civil Protection expert Luigi d'Angelo explains how EU Civil Protection is coordinating relief efforts following the impact of typhoon Haiyan before boarding a flight to Tacloban...



EU Children of Peace: Save the DateEU Children of Peace: Save the Date (13/11/2013)
A year ago, the EU received the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize and decided to dedicate the prize money to the projects assisting children in conflict situations with education under the EU Children of Peace initiative...



EU Aid Volunteers - we care, we act! - SHORTEU Aid Volunteers - we care, we act! (07/11/2013)
More than 75 volunteers from the pilot projects of EU Aid Volunteers coming from 22 countries gathered in Brussels in September 2013 to share their experiences...



EU Aid Volunteers - we care, we act! - SHORTEU Aid Volunteers - we care, we act! - SHORT (06/11/2013)
EU Aid Volunteers, people from right across Europe caring about the needs of others and acting to help support the most vulnerable around the world.



Disaster Preparedness before Hurricane SandyDisaster Preparedness before Hurricane Sandy (23/10/2013)
When Hurricane Sandy struck the Atlantic in 2012 the results could have been far more devastating had the Caribbean not been prepared for such disasters. The impact was lessened but there was still a toll.




Madagascar Houses, tubers and seeds ResilienceMadagascar Houses, tubers and seeds Resilience (22/10/2013)
In a cyclone-prone country like Madagascar, which feels the force of about 60% of the storms that form over the Indian Ocean every year, being prepared for disaster makes all the difference.



Farming in the arid Northern Kenya
Farming in the arid Northern Kenya (22/10/2013)
300 kilometres north east of Isiolo town in northern Kenya, herders have abandoned herding sticks and scrub-land for hoes and farms.



Vulnerability on the rise in MadagascarVulnerability on the rise in Madagascar (11/10/2013)
Madagascar, the world's biggest producer of vanilla, is the world's fourth largest island roughly the size of Texas.



Cambodia: Young people lead on Disaster Risk ReductionCambodia: Young people lead on Disaster Risk Reduction (11/10/2013)
The green fields of rural Cambodia belie the fact that floods and droughts are a frequent threat to the livelihoods of some 70% of the country's population.



Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on the No Hunger OrchestraCommissioner Andris Piebalgs on the No Hunger Orchestra (04/10/2013)
Hear Commissioner Piebalgs join with Commissioner Georgieva in endorsing the No Hunger Orchestra from Acción Contra el Hambre.



On Solid Ground: London's ReactionOn Solid Ground: London's Reaction (10/07/2013)
Hear the reactions of those who visited On Solid Ground at St. Martin in the Fields in London. What does home mean to you?



EU Children of Peace in Colombia (UNHCR)EU Children of Peace in Colombia (UNHCR) (27/08/2013)
In Colombia, 4.7 million people were internally displaced by violence from 2000 - 2012. Others fled to countries like neighbouring Ecuador.



Projet 'REPI 2010' (Relèvement des Populations suite aux Inondations de juillet 2010)REPI 2010 project (Recovery from the July 2010 floods) (04/07/2013)
This film is for relief and development technicians wanting to learn more about the tools used in the ‘recovery’ phase.



Assessing the Floods and Landslide in the State of UttarakhandAssessing the Floods and Landslide in the State of Uttarakhand (03/07/2013)
Unprecedented rain in Uttarakhand state caused landslides and flash floods resulting in more than 1000 deaths, tens of thousand of pilgrims stranded for days following the extensive destruction of infrastructures.



Accessing clean water in PalestineAccessing clean water in Palestine (01/07/2013)
Access to water is one of the most difficult issues faced by Palestinians, particularly in Area C in the West Bank where it is exacerbated by certain restrictions imposed by the occupation.



World Refugee Day 2013: On Solid Ground - CroatiaWorld Refugee Day 2013: On Solid Ground - Croatia (25/06/2013)
Mirjana Madjercic's son died in a traffic accident in Serbia, a country she had taken him to for safety in the mid 90s, after the Croatian Army attacked Serbian areas in Croatia.



World Refugee Day 2013: On Solid Ground - MaliWorld Refugee Day 2013: On Solid Ground - Mali (25/06/2013)
Nia lives in Sirakoro Niare village in Mali. She used to dream of cows, and every time she did, she realised she was pregnant. After her ten children left she adopted her brother's child, but then the child became sick.



World Refugee Day 2013: On Solid Ground - PakistanWorld Refugee Day 2013: On Solid Ground - Pakistan (25/06/2013)
Hemi loves Bollywood movies, she watches them with her kids at her brothers' house and when the DVDs become damaged she nails them up to her wall at home.



What are the results of the creation of the Emergency Response Centre?What are the results of the creation of the Emergency Response Centre? (24/06/2013)
How exactly will the new Emergency Response Centre help when disaster strikes?



What are the benefits of the European Civil Protection Mechanism?What are the benefits of the European Civil Protection Mechanism? (24/06/2013)
Franco Gabrielli from the Italian Civil Protection Department explains the benefits of the European Civil Protection Mechanism...



Why is a culture of prevention necessary?Why is a culture of prevention necessary? (24/06/2013)
With disasters increasing every year, more and more people are being affected...



How difficult is it to coordinate 27 nationalities in disaster response situations?How difficult is it to coordinate 27 nationalities in disaster response situations? (24/06/2013)
Helena Lindberg from the Swedish Civil Contingincies Agency talks about the advantages of the 4th Civil Protection forum, meetings and trainings in bringing together all those involved...



Can the European Civil Protection Mechanism generate economies of scale?Can the European Civil Protection Mechanism generate economies of scale? (24/06/2013)
There are certain resources where we can pool something in common" says Finnish Minister of the Interior Pentti Partanen...



What is the most crucial part of the delivery of assistance?What is the most crucial part of the delivery of assistance? (24/06/2013)
Delivering the right assistance at the right time is crucial when responding to disasters...



What is the planning capacity?What is the planning capacity? (24/06/2013)
The Europan Commission's Laurent de Pierrefeu from the Humanitarian Aid and Civl Protection department's (ECHO) Emergency Reponse Unit explains how we in Europe with partners from around the world can plan and prepare for the worst situations which could appear in the near future.



Do you have rescue teams who are already committed?Do you have rescue teams who are already committed? (24/06/2013)
UK Urban Search and Rescue Team Leader Sean Moore elaborates on the European Civil Protection Mechanism and how the 32 participating countries have teams ready to help with life saving operations.



What are the so called Civil Protection 'Modules'?What are the so called Civil Protection 'Modules'? (24/06/2013)
From the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department's (ECHO) Emergency Response Unit, Pekka Tianen talks about the specialised Civil Protection teams and equipment and how exactly these teams respond to emergencies throughout Europe and around the world.



World Refugee Day 2013: On Solid Ground - JordanWorld Refugee Day 2013: On Solid Ground - Jordan (20/06/2013)
Fleeing from Syria to Jordan with her 8 children, hear one woman's harrowing tale of fear and danger as she braved bullets and bombs to escape to safety in Jordan where she and her family could build a new life.



World Refugee Day 2013: On Solid GroundWorld Refugee Day 2013: On Solid Ground (20/06/2013)
Building a picture of home: What would you do if the place you call home was torn apart by violence? How would you cope if floods or drought destroyed your crops and your family went hungry? If you had to flee suddenly, what would you take with you?



DG Claus Sørensen on €69 million funding for the SahelDG Claus Sørensen on €69 million funding for the Sahel (18/06/2013)
Director General of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), Claus Sørensen, explains why NOW is the moment to give additional humanitarian funds to the Sahel region.



DG Claus Sørensen on his most striking memory of visiting the SahelDG Claus Sørensen on his most striking memory of visiting the Sahel (18/06/2013)
Director General of the European Commission´s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), Claus Sørensen shares the image that stroke him the most during his recent trip to the Sahel region.



UN Regional Coordinator Robert Piper on EU's €69 million for the SahelUN Regional Coordinator Robert Piper on EU's €69 million for the Sahel (18/06/2013)
UN Regional Coordinator for the Sahel, Robert Piper, explains why NOW is the moment to give additional humanitarian funds to the Sahel region.



UN Regional Coordinator Robert Piper on his most striking memory of visiting the SahelUN Regional Coordinator Robert Piper on his most striking memory of visiting the Sahel (18/06/2013)
UN Regional Coordinator for the Sahel, Robert Piper, shares the image that struck him the most during his recent trip to the Sahel region.



Meet our EU Aid Volunteer in India!Meet our EU Aid Volunteer in India! (07/06/2013)
Claudia Kiessling has been working in India under the EU Aid Volunteers programme, and has been teaching children disaster preparedness in this country which is particularly prone to natural disasters...



Tackling Chad's Nutrition Crisis with UNICEFHandicap International and ECHO: Delivering care to Syrian refugees (29/05/2013)
Thousands of war-wounded Syrians cross into Jordan to access medical services that are no longer available in Syria's war-torn towns and cities...



Where we work in Jammu and KashmirWhere we work in Jammu and Kashmir (28/05/2013)
Did you know we're backing humanitarian projects in Jammu and Kashmir for psycho-social, medical and livelihood support, the first two particularly helping children...



Defusing the Sahel time bomb – ECHO Director General visits the SahelDefusing the Sahel time bomb – ECHO Director General visits the Sahel (15/05/2013)
At the beginning of the 2013 lean season in the Sahel, when people´s resources and food reserves start running low, ECHO´s Director General, Claus Sørensen, visited the region. Here is what he found on the ground.



European Emergency ResponseEuropean Emergency Response (13/05/2013)
When a disaster strikes, preparedness is crucial, speed and coordination decisive. The European Union has been improving its Emergency Response to disasters for over a decade...



How ECHO operates in IndiaHow ECHO operates in India (02/05/2013)
The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department is supporting millions of people around the world. See how we're providing aid in India...



EU Aid Volunteers: meet the next generationEU Aid Volunteers: meet the next generation (21/03/2013)
Follow the steps of Colm, from Ireland, and Anna, from Poland, as they discover from Wales to Zanzibar, Tanzania and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, what it means to be an EU Aid Volunteer.



ECHO projects with women in Gaza and the West BankECHO projects with women in Gaza and the West Bank (07/03/2013)
ECHO and Action Against Hunger (ACF) have been working together to improve the lives of women living in Palestine.



Helping the Rohingya community in Burma/MyanmarHelping the Rohingya community in Burma/Myanmar (26/02/2013)
The international aid community has been grappling with providing basic humanitarian assistance to over 115,000 men, women and children of the Rohingya community in Burma/Myanmar.



Haïti, trois ans après le tremblement de terreHidden Lives - The Untold Story of Urban Refugees - St Pancras International (18/01/2013)
A unique exhibition of images in the beautiful, bustling setting of St Pancras International station, London.



How and why we need to build 'Resilience' in the Sahel
Haiti, three years after the earthquake (19/12/2012)
Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, was hit in 2010 by one of the most devastating earthquakes recorded in recent history.



How and why we need to build 'Resilience' in the Sahel
How and why we need to build 'Resilience' in the Sahel (18/12/2012)
'Resilience' defined and explained from the perspective of the humanitarian effort in the Sahel by one of our field experts, Jan Eijkenaar.



EU's Assistance for Children in ConflictEU's Assistance for Children in Conflict (07/12/2012)
Education is crucial for both the protection and the development of children affected by conflict. Apart from contributing to their development, educational activities provide girls and boys with psychosocial support and help create at least some sense of normality.



Mediterranean countries join forces on civil protectionLet's not forget about Colombia (30/11/2012)
Colombia continues to experience a humanitarian crisis due to the internal armed conflict, which has caused 3.7 million people to be displaced, making Colombia the second country in the world, after Sudan, with the highest number of internally displaced population.



Kashmir, India - A lifeline from the valleyKashmir, India - A lifeline from the valley (26/11/2012)
Shaista is one of thousands of children who have suffered from Kashmir long-standing and largely forgotten conflict. Five years ago, she was run over by an army truck.



Mediterranean countries join forces on civil protectionMediterranean countries join forces on civil protection (12/11/2012)
Commissioner Georgieva speaks about achievements of EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection in 2011.



Mediterranean countries join forces on civil protectionMediterranean countries join forces on civil protection (08/11/2012)
The European Commission announced today the launching of a new civil protection programme in the Mediterranean region, building on the achievements of the successful Euro-Mediterranean Regional Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made disasters (PPRD)....



20 years of ECHO in South America20 years of ECHO in South America (30/10/2012)
ECHO has turned 20 years old and its operations in South America date back to the first years of its existence...


Léon Prop, Director of the EU Red Cross Office highlights ECHO's support to ICRC in North KoreaLéon Prop, Director of the EU Red Cross Office highlights ECHO's support to ICRC in North Korea (23/10/2012)
The one thing I would like to highlight today is ECHO's support to our project in North Korea: over many years, ECHO supported the distribution of supplies to some 200 medical institutions. ECHO was often our only donor...


Helping the conflict-displaced people in DRCHelping the conflict-displaced people in DRC (18/10/2012)
The escalating violence in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has uprooted hundreds and thousands of people from their homes.



Madagascar cyclone affected get cash for rebuilding homesMadagascar cyclone affected get cash for rebuilding homes (16/10/2012)
The European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) is funding Medair in eastern Madagascar to help the cyclone-affected people with cash to rebuild their shelter.



Reducing drought-related risk in the Horn of AfricaReducing drought-related risk in the Horn of Africa (10/2012)
16/10/2012 - The last time Djibouti received normal rainfall was six years ago. On a good day, Djibouti's weather is harsh. Temperatures average at around 35 degrees Celsius climbing up to 50 degrees in the 'hot' months...


we care, we actWe care, we act (10/2012)
10/10/2012 - In 1992, the EU's 12 member states created the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) to provide assistance to those in need inside and outside Europe...


Isabelle Choutet - EU Aid Volunteer with the Red Cross in Barbados & GrenadaIsabelle Choutet - EU Aid Volunteer with the Red Cross in Barbados & Grenada (10/2012)
09/10/2012 - ECHO has been doing disaster preparedness projects for years in Latin America and the Caribbean and I think they are great for capacity building and for risk resilience.


Préparation au désastre à Grenade (Caraïbes)Kristalina Georgieva and Andris Piebalgs on resilience (10/2012)
03/10/2012 - Today the European Commissioners for Development and Humanitarian Aid -- Andris Piebalgs and Kristalina Georgieva -- proposed a new policy to help vulnerable communities across the world build resilience to disasters.


Disaster preparedness in Grenada (Caribbean)Disaster preparedness in Grenada (Caribbean) (09/2012)
07/09/2012 - The Caribbean region is extremely prone to disasters. If you live in the Caribbean you are three times more likely to be affected by a disaster than if you live in other parts of South America.


Mali refugees in Niger – 6 months on, but no solution in sightMali refugees in Niger – 6 months on, but no solution in sight (08/2012)
17/08/2012 - Since April 2012, conflict has forced approximately 400.000 people from their homes in the north of Mali. Forty thousand of them have crossed into Niger where they are receiving aid in official refugee camps.


The food and nutrition crisis in Niger – the stark realityThe food and nutrition crisis in Niger – the stark reality (08/2012)
13/08/2012 - We sent award-winning war photographer and film-maker Sean Smith to record his impressions of the Sahel hunger crisis during the peak of the lean season.


Building resilience in Northern KenyaBuilding resilience in Northern Kenya (07/2012)
18/07/2012 - Recurrent droughts have eroded the population's ability to regain their lives and incomes in northern Kenya.


Testimony of Elizabeth Lokolio, Community worker in Turkana, KenyaTestimony of Elizabeth Lokolio, Community worker in Turkana, Kenya (07/2012)
18/07/2012 - We need a long-term development approach so that people can get long-term solutions.


ECHO in Central AmericaECHO in Central America (07/2012)
11/07/2012 - Central America is one of the most disaster prone regions in the world. Hurricane Mitch, Tropical Storm Agatha, Hurricane Stan, and Tropical Depression 12-E are just some of the most recent....


Burundi, from emergency to developmentSouth Sudan: Heavy rains fuel refugee health crisis (07/2012)
09/07/2012 - The Republic of South Sudan's first year of independence has been plagued by a series of crises generating huge humanitarian needs...


ECHO's Simon Horner reports on the Fiaccolata at SolferinoECHO's Simon Horner reports on the Fiaccolata at Solferino (06/2012)
28/06/2012 - ECHO at the Fiaccolata. The story of why, every year, thousands of Red Cross volunteers take part in a torchlight procession from Solferino to Castiglione...


ECHO's 20th anniversary at SolferinoECHO's 20th anniversary at Solferino (06/2012)
28/06/2012 - Claus Sørensen, Director-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection with the Red Cross in northern Italy....


Burundi, from emergency to developmentBurundi, from emergency to development (06/2012)
25/06/2012 - The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO) has wound up activities in Burundi. ECHO opened an office in the capital Bujumbura in 1994...


World Refugee Day – We all need a home!World Refugee Day – We all need a home! (06/2012)
20/06/2012 – Today 43,000,000 people are refugees or are displaced in their own countries. We all need a home!


Eurobarometer 2012Eurobarometer 2012 (06/2012)
08/06/2012 - Public support for humanitarian aid has strengthened in the European Union despite the economic crisis. That is one of the key findings in the 2012 Eurobarometer surveys on humanitarian aid and civil protection...


European Humanitarian Aid Volunteer Olivia Defrene in VanuatuEuropean Humanitarian Aid Volunteer Olivia Defrene in Vanuatu (05/2012)
15/05/2012 - Olivia Defrene is a 25 year old volunteer participating in ECHO's Humanitarian Voluntary Corps. She is from France and is now working with the French Red Cross in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu...



Discussing new ways to fight hunger in the SahelDiscussing new ways to fight hunger in the Sahel (05/2012)
11/05/2012 - Joint statement on European Commission partnership with the World Food Programme and Brazil to help fighting hunger in Sahel by Kristalina GEORGIEVA and Ms Ertharin COUSIN...



20 years of humanitarian aid and crisis response20 years of humanitarian aid and crisis response (03/2012)
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of ECHO. This is an overview of how humanitarian aid has changed and evolved in the last two decades.



Cambodia - Follow up to 2011's floods Cambodia - Follow up to 2011's floods (02/2012)
ECHO experts recently visited the province of Pursat, one of the hardest hit areas in central Cambodia, where a consortium of ECHO partners has been distributing food assistance to those most affected.



Before and after images of fire in Thai refugee camp Before and after images of fire in Thai refugee camp (02/2012)
23/02/2012 - These images are from the Umpiem refugee camp in northern Thailand and were taken in Decemeber 2011 when ECHO experts visited the camp to make an assessment of the humanitarian situation and the ECHO funded projects.



Protecting the displaced – the example of the TawarghaProtecting the displaced – the example of the Tawargha (2012)
Despite the end of the revolution there are still tens of thousands of people displaced inside Libya, many of them belonging to minorities accused of having supported Gaddhafi



Clearing the remnants of fightingClearing the remnants of fighting (2012)
An unknown number of unexploded ordnances (UXOs), arms and ammunitions are scattered across the former zones of fighting in Libya.



ECHO response - Malnutrition in Turkana, KenyaECHO response - Malnutrition in Turkana, Kenya (2011)
08/2011 - The Turkana region of Kenya is one of the areas hit hardest by drought in the Horn of Africa with malnutrition rates nearly doubling. ECHO was on the ground in Kenya responding to the crisis.



Myanmar's Magway communities choose the intervention best suited to their needs (2012)Myanmar's Magway communities choose the intervention best suited to their needs (2012)
In two minutes see how an emergency response to flooding which took into account the needs of the affected agricultural communities, has saved this year's harvest.



ECHO: a lifeline in Africa's skiesECHO: a lifeline in Africa's skies (2010)
ECHO Flight is a air service of the European Commission working to overcome logistical problems in crisis regions in Africa. The service helps aid agencies gain access to remote areas, enabling quick transportation of aid workers and their cargo. ECHO Flight is also...



The real heroes in the fight against cholera in HaitiThe real heroes in the fight against cholera in Haiti
"The cholera epidemic in Haiti is the worst the world has seen in decades. Ten months after the earthquake it hit a highly vulnerable people living in the poorest country of the Americas. This video shows the response of ECHO, its partners and Haitians over the last twelve months of the response."
See the Spanish version español



Healthcare in SomaliaHealthcare in Somalia
Most Somali people can not afford medical services and healthcare is a luxury. Madina hospital in Mogadishu is a good example of how the European Commission successfully supports the healthcare system by giving free access to vulnerable people seeking medical treatment. In this case ECHO's funding was provided through its partner the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).



Disaster Risk Reduction is high on the agenda in Central America, and ECHO is part of the reason whyDisaster Risk Reduction is high on the agenda in Central America
Spanish speakers, a video explaining the Consultation Process of ECHO funded Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects in Central America experience.



'Going back…' (Migrant workers fleeing Libya) "Going back…" (Migrant workers fleeing Libya)
Supported by the European Commission, the IOM helped thousands of migrants in Libya to return to their home countries. Follow their long and arduous journey home Sebha, in Lybia, all the way to Zouarké, at the Niger/Chad border.



Tens of thousands more become refugees fleeing conflict in North Sudan (Doro Refugee Camp, Bunj, South Sudan)The European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps is beginning to take shape
This new Corps is undoubtedly one of the most exciting current initiatives for aspiring humanitarians across Europe. This video offers a glimpse of the training the first group of pilot project volunteers underwent...



Tens of thousands more become refugees fleeing conflict in North Sudan (Doro Refugee Camp, Bunj, South Sudan)Tens of thousands more become refugees fleeing conflict in North Sudan
In recent weeks almost 40.000 people have arrived in Doro, just inside the border of South Sudan. Forced to flee their homes in the North because of conflict, some have walked for weeks with little or no food.



The world through the eyes of a Palestinian childThe world through the eyes of a Palestinian child
For Palestinian children life is not always rosy due to restrictions on movement, lack of access to basic services, and the exposure to harassment and even violence.



Colombian refugees in EcuadorColombian refugees in Ecuador
Colombia continues to experience the consequences of the internal armed conflict, with more than 3,7 million displaced people and an estimated 395.000 in need of international protection in other countries.



World Food Day 2011: We care, we actWorld Food Day 2011: We care, we act
Refugees and internally displaced people have escaped crises and conflicts. Will they escape hunger and malnutrition?



ECHO helping people in Gaza make ends meetECHO helping people in Gaza make ends meet
In Gaza unemployment ranges at around 45,4%. Around 67% of the population regularly receive food assistance. Watch a video presenting a food coupon project in partnership with WHO and Oxfam.



Women in the line of fireWomen in the line of fire
The Swiss Foundation for demining funded by the European Commission humanitarian aid department has enabled civilian women to demine vast tracts of land in Sri Lanka.



Horn of Africa - a visual overview of the crisisHorn of Africa - a visual overview of the crisis
Slideshow on the crisis in the Horn of Africa.



Testimonies from the field - ECHO partners in KenyaTestimonies from the field - ECHO partners in Kenya
Humanitarian workers from three of ECHO's partners in the field - UNHCR, UN FAO and UNICEF - describe the critical situation in Northern Kenya.



Feeding the starving in war-torn MogadishuFeeding the starving in war-torn Mogadishu
The queues outside a Mogadishu food centre stretch far into the city's shattered streets. Around five thousand will pass through the gates, for most it will be the only meal they eat today.



Pakistan floods - one year onPakistan floods - one year on
A year after Pakistan's devastating monsoon floods swept across the country killing more than 1,800 people and affecting a population of over 20 million, the people of southern Punjab Province, the bread basket of...



European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid CorpsEuropean Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps
The pilot phase of the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps was launched on 17 June 2011 at a conference in Budapest.



Humanitarian challenges in South SudanHumanitarian challenges in South Sudan
Southern Sudan will officially become an independent country in July. After more than 20 years of war with the north, the new country is virtually starting from scratch in its development.



Libyan CrisisLibyan Crisis
European humanitarian aid and civil protection actions for the people leaving Libya - March 2011



Haiti: one year afterHaiti: one year after (2011)
A short video-slideshow depicting the magnitude of the disaster caused by the 2010 earthquake and the scale of the response that followed.



Video report from Haiti, 6 days after the earthquakeVideo report from Haiti, 6 days after the earthquake
Images have arrived from a camera team working for the Commission in Haiti.



Fighting Disaster - Humanitarian aid in actionFighting Disaster - Humanitarian aid in action
This is the story of how, against all odds, help reaches disaster victims, and of the people who make it happen. It's about overcoming immense challenges, in Haiti, and in crises everywhere.



Cinema spotCinema spot
A 30" cinema spot on ECHO's action. It was first used in a cinema spot campaign in Denmark, Germany and Spain in 2010.



Sri Lanka: They came in boatsSri Lanka: They came in boats
Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu / India.



Afghanistan: a chronic crisisAfghanistan: a chronic crisis
In Afghanistan, millions of people are suffering the consequences of the conflict and repeated natural disasters.



Climate Change: the urgent challenge for humanitarian aid as natural disasters increaseClimate Change: the urgent challenge for humanitarian aid as natural disasters increase
This report brings testimony and analysis from the frontline of climate change. From Africa, South-East Asia and the Caribbean come stories of how lives are being affected, and what the challenge means for humanitarian aid.



Preparing for Caribbean stormsPreparing for Caribbean storms
As Tropical Storm Ida strikes Nicaragua, ECHO reports on disaster preparation in the Caribbean.



Cluster bomb victimCluster bomb victim
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid department is funding cash for work scheme for those that have suffered due to the war.



Cluster bomb removalCluster bomb removal
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid department is funding international agencies to remove unexploded munitions in south Lebanon.



Water projectsWater projects
This film shows water projects supported by the European Union in the Palestinian Territories.



Food distributionFood distribution
European Communities are providing humanitarian aid to the people of the Palestinian Territory. Food distribution to the ones in need is just one example.



Psychosocial SupportPsychosocial Support
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid department is funding agencies that work with children and their parents affected by the trauma of war.



HealthHealth
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid department is funding CARE International to support those affected by the ongoing crisis in the Palestinian territory.



Solidarity in time of crisisSolidarity in time of crisis
The EU's commitment to humanitarian aid worldwide.

 

Archives

Indonesia: eruption of Mount MerapiIndonesia: eruption of Mount Merapi
05.11.2010 - It has been ten days since the Mount Merapi erupted. Some 80,000 are now reported to be fleeing the area around the volcano and the death toll stands at above 120…



24 September 2010: 1st anniversary of Typhoon Ketsana24 September 2010: 1st anniversary of Typhoon Ketsana
Manila: One year after the island nation of the Philippines was lashed by Typhoon Ketsana, the survivors are still struggling to rebuild their lives.



Pakistan: European Union funded health project provides life-saving treatment to flood victimsPakistan: European Union funded health project provides life-saving treatment to flood victims
As the people of Pakistan prepare to mark the end of Ramadan, the traditional festivities of Eid ul-Fitr are overshadowed by the plight of millions displaced by the worst floods to hit the country in living memory.



Indonesia revisited one year onIndonesia revisited one year on
On 2 September 2009, the region of West Java in Indonesia was struck by an earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale. At the time it was the deadliest tremor to hit the Southeast Asian island nation since 2006.



Life in the path of cyclonesLife in the path of cyclones
One year after cyclone Aila struck the southeastern coast of Bangladesh, many areas remain under water.



A day in the life of an ECHO expert: Peter BurgessA day in the life of an ECHO expert: Peter Burgess
February 27th 2010: a powerful earthquake hits Chile. There is massive damage, hundreds are killed.



European humanitarian aid in ChadEuropean humanitarian aid in Chad
A visit guided by Dana Danambaye, ECHO Programme Assistant.



Burma: Special Report on the Irrawaddy DeltaBurma: Special Report on the Irrawaddy Delta
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid department has gained special access for a video news team to enter the Irrawaddy Delta region of Burma where in May 2008 cyclone Nargis swept through...



When disaster strikesWhen disaster strikes
How humanitarian aid is distributed by NGOs to victims of the earthquake in Pakistan and how the crisis is managed from the Brussels offices of European Commissioner Louis Michel.



From the tsunami to KashmirFrom the tsunami to Kashmir
Report on the situation after the tsunami.