International Red Cross – Red Cross Northland Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:13:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 International Red Cross – Red Cross Northland 32 32 Diversity Travel enters new partnership with charity Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:28:42 +0000

The British Red Cross has entered into a new partnership with travel management company Diversity Travel, which specializes in providing services to the charity sector and NGOs.

Under the new agreement, Diversity Travel will provide travel planning and organizational assistance to the 25,500 British Red Cross staff and 4,000 volunteers who provide humanitarian support around the world.

The British Red Cross has worked in countries and areas affected by war, natural disasters and food crises so far this year, including Ukraine, Pakistan, East Africa and Afghanistan.

Diversity Travel will offer a range of exclusive services to Red Cross staff and volunteers, including special offers on flights, accommodation and transfers, as well as access to lounge services, assistance with visas and vehicle rental.

Dorothy Brown, Chief Operating Officer for the British Red Cross, said: “The British Red Cross and the wider Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are supporting people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.

“Emergencies like these can happen anywhere, at any time. That’s why we need fast, efficient and reliable ways to get our staff and volunteers where they’re needed. We look forward to working with Diversity Travel to achieve this.

The association partners with big names in the charity sector, such as Oxfam, Save the Children and Plan International, who already work with Diversity Travel.

Sam Whittle, Commercial Director of Diversity Travel, said of its new partnership with the British Red Cross: “We are proud to support this incredible mission by finding more efficient, more sustainable and more profitable travel solutions for its workers. .

“As the leading provider of travel services to the charity, NGO and not-for-profit sectors, we will use our experience to make a real difference to the British Red Cross by supporting its relief work wherever it is.”

DeSantis declares statewide emergency as Tropical Storm Ian moves toward Florida – NBC10 Philadelphia Sat, 24 Sep 2022 22:38:35 +0000

Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens over the Caribbean and is expected to bring heavy rain and intense hurricane winds to the state next week.

On Friday, DeSantis initially issued the emergency order for two dozen counties, but extended the warning to the entire state, encouraging residents and local governments to prepare for a storm that could hit from large swathes of Florida.

“This storm has the potential to develop into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to be prepared,” DeSantis said in a statement. “We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to monitor the potential impacts of this storm.”

The National Hurricane Center said Ian is expected to strengthen rapidly in the coming days before moving into western Cuba and making landfall in Florida mid-next week with major hurricane strength.

John Cangialosi, senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said it was currently unclear where Ian would hit hardest in Florida and said residents should start preparing for the storm, including by gathering supplies for possible power outages.

“Too early to tell if this will be a Southeast Florida or Central Florida problem or just statewide,” he said. “So at this point, the right message for those living in Florida is that you need to watch the forecast and be prepared and prepared for the potential impact of this tropical system.”

The governor’s statement releases emergency protection funding and activates members of the Florida National Guard, his office said. His order emphasizes that there is a risk of storm surge, flooding, dangerous winds and other weather conditions throughout the state.

Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens over the Caribbean and is expected to bring heavy rain and intense hurricane winds to the state next week.

At a Friday press conference, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said it was time to prepare.

“No reason to panic but we want everyone to be ready,” said Levine Cava during the briefing. “Now is the time to make sure you have a hurricane plan in place.”

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez also spoke about the preparedness during a Friday afternoon briefing.

“As Miamians, we know being prepared is key,” Suarez said. “We want you to make sure you get through your hurricane supplies.”

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said Friday it was monitoring the system and also urged residents to prepare.

“The Division is working closely with our federal, state and local partners to ensure that we are prepared to provide assistance to affected areas if Tropical Depression Nine makes landfall in Florida next week,” said the director of the Emergency Management Division Kevin Guthrie in a statement. It’s critical that Floridians stay alert and prepared – it only takes one storm to cause costly or irreversible damage to your home or business.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Kelly Godsey said the storm could reach the Gulf of Mexico by late Monday or early Tuesday.

“It’s a great time to take advantage of the calm weather that’s out there now, before any tropical systems arrive, to make sure you have supplies for yourself, for your family,” Godsey said. “Know what you will do if the storm approaches your area.”

Officials from the South Florida Region of the American Red Cross said they were also preparing for the impacts.

“Our teams are coordinating with partners, reviewing our response plans, mobilizing volunteers and preparing supplies, to be ready to provide assistance, if needed,” said Florida Red Cross CEO of the South, Josett Valdez. “And we urge our neighbors to watch the storm closely and take the time to prepare.”


AP reporter Julie Walker contributed to this report from New York.

Attacks on hospitals and health care in Ukraine: Joint submission to the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, September 2022 – Ukraine Thu, 22 Sep 2022 17:08:05 +0000


In a new joint submission to the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine (IICIU), four independent NGOs call on the Commission to investigate the ongoing attacks on hospitals and health workers in Ukraine perpetrated by Russian forces, which constitute flagrant violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

The four organizations – Ukrainian Health Center (UHC), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), eyeWitness to Atrocities and Insecurity Insight – highlight seven health facilities in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy that have been subjected to particular violence serious and well documented. attacks during the first month of the full-scale invasion. Since February 24, 2022, the World Health Organization has reported more than 500 attacks on health facilities, personnel and transport, killing more than 200 people. During the period March 1-21, UHC reports that five to six health facilities were attacked each day.

The organizations write:

“The evident pattern of violence against health care will continue to have serious negative consequences for the safety, health and rights of Ukrainians for many years to come. We urge the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine to investigate these violations and to ensure that the attacks on hospitals and health facilities form an important part of the Commission’s analysis of the events committed in the aforementioned regions of Ukraine between the end of February and March 2022.”

The United Nations Human Rights Council formed the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine on March 4, 2022, consisting of three human rights experts working over an initial period of one year. The mandate of the IICIU is “to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as related crimes in the context of the aggression against Ukraine by the Federation of Russia, and to establish the facts, circumstances and root causes of any such violations and abuses”, as well as “to make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to ending the impunity and ensuring accountability, including, where appropriate, individual criminal responsibility, and access to justice for victims”, among several other actions.

All attacks on health care warrant investigation and accountability. In the joint submission, the four organizations highlight seven specific facilities that were violently attacked following the large-scale invasion of Russia:

  • Makariv Primary Care Clinic (Kyiv Oblast)

    • The clinic was flattened after being attacked on March 28, following the advance of Russian troops from the north, apparently with mortar fire.
  • Adonis Medical Center (Makariv, Kyiv Oblast)

    • The pattern of attacks on Adonis Hospital and its surroundings suggests that they were damaged in a series of airstrikes, part of a series of large indiscriminate attacks from the north.
  • Vorzel Regional Center for Psychiatric Care (Kyiv Oblast)

    • The facility was occupied by Russian forces for 35 days and reportedly suffered indiscriminate shelling. As Russian troops retreated from the town, the facility was strewn with mines, its medical equipment, drugs and medical devices were looted, and all nine service cars were damaged.
  • Chernihiv Regional Children’s Hospital (Chernihiv Oblast)

    • The hospital was shelled by Russian forces on March 17. Cluster munitions appear to have been used. Fourteen civilians were reportedly killed and 21 others injured as a result of the attack.
  • Primary care centers in Kyinka (Chernihiv Oblast)

    • Both facilities were repeatedly bombed during the Siege of Chernihiv. The nature of the damage suffered suggests that the bombings were random, unrelated to specific recognizable military targets, and involved the frequent use of cluster bombs.
  • Izyum Central Hospital (Kharkiv Oblast)

    • On March 6, the facility was attacked in what appears to have been a large-scale bombing campaign. Apparently, the hospital team had also marked the hospital with a large red cross visible from the air.
  • Trostyanets City Hospital (Sumy Oblast)

    • The hospital suffered numerous attacks over the weeks, including an allegedly targeted attack on March 18, continued shelling over the following days, a stolen ambulance and Russian tanks attacking the facility.

See the full submission for more details and background on each attack. The submission is based on information gathered from a variety of sources, including open source documents, site visits conducted by the UHC, local witness statements, remote interviews with Ukrainian civil society colleagues and photo and video footage collected by the UHC with the “eyewitness”. to atrocities”.

The organizations also call on the Commission to investigate the gendered impacts of the attacks on health, as the destruction of health facilities can lead to limited access to reproductive care, forced pregnancy, mental health problems and barriers to care. prevention and specialized services for women and girls, including for victims of sexual or gender-based violence.

The widespread and systematic nature of Russia’s assault on Ukraine’s healthcare system is an extension of the strategy it deployed to devastating effect in Syria and Chechnya. To date, no one has been held accountable for these wanton violations of international law. In their new joint submission, the four organizations call on the IICIU to include attacks on health care in its ongoing investigations and recommendations into broader human rights abuses in Ukraine, and that these cases be given priority. The IICIU is due to publish its first brief report on the human rights situation in Ukraine on Friday 23 September. Each of the above incidents is detailed in the new UHC report. “Massive, brutal, deliberate: attacks on hospitals during the Russian-Ukrainian war during the first phase of the invasion”, which offers more in-depth documentation and analysis of these and other attacks against hospitals and healthcare clinics. Individual incidents can also be viewed on Insecurity Insight’s interactive healthcare attacks map.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and serious human rights violations. Learn more here.

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Tensions between countries could disrupt aid delivery to people in need – Red Cross Wed, 21 Sep 2022 06:20:17 +0000

UNITED NATIONS (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – September 21, 2022) Tensions between countries around the world could hamper efforts by humanitarian groups to access and deliver aid to people in conflict zones such as Syria, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), President Francesco Rocca told Sputnik.

“I think the main issue that is not just relevant to Syria, but relevant to many places around the world in these difficult times, is the risk of aid being politicized,” Rocca said.

Rocca said, with regard to Syria, their organization has always faced difficulties in accessing people in need in the country, but the IFRC has always negotiated this issue with several third parties involved in the conflict.

In July, the United Nations Security Council extended for six months a mechanism that facilitates life-saving cross-border aid deliveries into northwestern Syria from Turkey.

The mechanism was launched in 2014 and initially used four crossings to deliver aid to Syria, which was eventually reduced to just one crossing from Turkey. The cross-border mechanism allows the UN to provide aid to at least 4 million residents and displaced people in northwestern Syria, according to Amnesty International.

QRCS deploys surgeons to treat impoverished patients in Sudan [EN/AR] – Sudan Sat, 17 Sep 2022 09:16:21 +0000


September 17, 2022 ― Doha: On Friday September 16, 2022, a medical delegation from the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) left Doha for Sudan, to carry out a general surgery and urology convoy to the Nyala Specialist Hospital in Nyala, South Darfur, nearly 900 km from Khartoum.

A team of doctors from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) volunteered for the mission: Dr. Abdullah Al-Nuaimi (consultant), Dr. Ahmed Hayati Mohamed Ahmed (consultant), Dr. Sohail Ahmed (consultant), Dr. Siddiq Mohieldin Siddiq ( consultant), and Dr. Jawhara Al-Qahtani (resident physician). They are accompanied by Dr Izzedeen Gaafar, Medical Convoy Program Coordinator at the QRCS International Relief and Development Division.

The eight-day medical convoy aims to provide medical assistance to relieve the suffering of patients and injured people in Darfur, reduce life-threatening risks resulting from lack of access to surgical services, ease the financial burden on poor families of patients, improve the performance of local healthcare professionals to help them provide better services and reduce wait times in the hospital’s surgical department.

According to the action plan of the $109,990 project, doctors will perform surgeries on 150 patients (65 men and 85 women) and they will examine and give medical consultations to 400 sick children, in cooperation with the Sudanese Crescent Society -Red (SRCS), the State Ministry of Health (MOH) and other relevant local authorities.

The QRCS representative office in Sudan has undertaken all the procedures for the procurement of medicines, surgical supplies and medical equipment for the operating rooms of the hospital. Before the start of the project, a medical survey was carried out by a specialist in general surgery and an assistant specialist to identify the most urgent cases.

Such medical convoys are much needed in Sudan, given the high poverty rates – 25% of the total population, half of whom live in extreme poverty. This means that most families of patients cannot afford surgeries in Sudan or abroad.

Many states lack specialized health facilities, which puts enormous pressure on those that already exist. Sometimes the lack of resources and well-trained doctors leads to inaccurate diagnoses. Also, most people are not aware enough to get patients to the hospital as soon as possible. All these basic reasons make surgical interventions inaccessible for the majority of patients in Sudan.

About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Founded in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is Qatar’s premier humanitarian and volunteer organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without bias or discrimination.
The QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 192 National Societies. He is also a member of several GCC, Arab and Islamic organizations such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian and social efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.
Locally and internationally, QRCS has relief and development operations in many countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Its humanitarian mandates include disaster preparedness, response, recovery and risk reduction. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, food, water, shelter and other needs of local communities. She is also active on the front lines of humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy.
With the help of an extensive network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity, inspired by the seven fundamental principles of humanitarian action: humanity , impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Alabama and the Alabama Room: A Necessary Reminder of Successful Arbitration Wed, 14 Sep 2022 05:26:51 +0000

As the war rages on between Russia and Ukraine, with no end in sight and no public negotiation between the two sides, it should be noted that September 14, 2022 marks the 150e anniversary of a successful third-party arbitration between Britain and the United States. The very act of agreeing to arbitration by both parties in 1871 accelerated the custom of settling disputes between countries through arbitration rather than resorting to violence and war.

When Americans think of Alabama, they often think of a Southern state that was notorious in the 1960s and 1970s for its civil rights battles. Among the most memorable, Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of protesters on a five-day march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery in March 1965 to promote the civil and political rights of American blacks. A previous march had ended with tear gas and attacks with batons and whippings by local police. More than 50 walkers were hospitalized.

If Americans think of Alabama as a Southern state, when public international lawyers and members of the international Geneva community think of Alabamathey think about Alabama Hall of the Hôtel de Ville in Geneva where the first third-party arbitrator took place after the American Civil War. The room was also the place where the Geneva Convention was signed in 1864, the founding act of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

During the American Civil War, the British had an ambiguous position towards the conflict. While officially neutral, they continued to supply material to the Confederacy through Caribbean ports and to receive valuable cotton in return.

But the South needed more than materiel and also ordered ships from England, a clear breach of its obligations of neutrality. One of the ships ordered, later christened the Alabamalaid in the French port of Cherbourg in 1864 for repairs at the same time as the cruiser Federal Kearsarge positioned itself outside the harbour. A brief naval battle ensued and caused extensive damage to the British-made vessel.

At the end of the Civil War, efforts were made by the United States to try to compensate for the losses suffered during the war by forcing Great Britain to pay the damages. In 1871 the Treaty of Washington was signed by both parties which established an arbitration tribunal in Geneva in neutral Switzerland. Britain has also officially expressed its regret for Alabama and other ships that had violated its neutrality.

Before five arbitrators, three neutrals and representatives of both sides, the United States demanded compensation for breaches of neutrality by British-built ships such as the Alabama. The arbitrators’ final decision was that Great Britain, the great power at the time, would pay the United States $15,500,000, which it did.

A semi-official history of the Arbitration relates: “On the evening of September 7…the Government of the Republic and Canton of Geneva gave a gala dinner to the members of the Tribunal…Four days later, the Swiss federal authorities in turn gave a reception for the Tribunal… The next day, they were taken on an excursion to Interlaken and were treated to an official dinner in Bern, in the presence of the diplomatic corps. The fact that the two parties are arguing over arbitration does not detract from the spirit of civility.

The Alabama decision set several precedents for neutrality. More importantly, it set a precedent for how disputes between countries could be settled. Following the Alabama decision, a Permanent Court of Arbitration was created by the Hague Peace Conference of 1899, which was followed by the Permanent Court of International Justice and the present International Court of Justice. If both parties agree, third-party arbitration has become a common way to settle disputes between countries.

An excellent example of how arbitration can work between often warring countries, and which also took place in the Alabama Room, was the Taba affair between Israel and Egypt. Despite obvious tensions between the two countries, they agreed to arbitration on a piece of land.

The dispute centered on a small area of ​​the Sinai Peninsula known as Taba, which consisted of a 5-star hotel and a resort on the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba. The 1988 decision was awarded to Egypt, which had considerable psychological benefits for the winning team as well as increased international prestige.

The press reported that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak viewed the Taba dispute and resolution as a model of cooperation between Israel and countries in the region, especially Jordan. “World peace will never be an impossible goal. This is the noble goal that can be achieved,” Mubarak said as he raised the black, red and white Egyptian flag over Taba in a high-profile ceremony as Egypt took control of the region.

The importance of Taba as an example of dispute resolution should not be underestimated. Media from both sides were omnipresent in Geneva at the time, as if Israel and Egypt were vying for the Champions League football title. The peaceful settlement and acceptance of Israel has also been the subject of international reports. Israel received $37 million in compensation for the main hotel in Taba.

(I was working for the Associated Press in Geneva in 1988 and was inundated with requests from outside media to explain the rather convoluted and legalistic decision on the border issue.)

The story of the Alabama arbitration, such as the Taba case, are examples of how disputes between countries can be settled. Although Britain and the United States are not at war, it is a trade dispute, the 150e anniversary of the Alabama decision is a reminder of the potential of arbitration. A prominent jurist noted of the case: “Britain, to its credit, accepted what amounted to a ruling on the positive legal consequences implicit in a proclamation of neutrality. In doing so, he allowed the Alabama Arbitration not only to reaffirm the principles of International Law, but also, while defining the responsibilities of the Sovereign State, to make them effective. It’s a very good reason to celebrate the Alabama Arbitration, if only because it makes it possible to find a peaceful solution to problems which otherwise could only be solved by war.

Is anyone listening in Moscow or Kyiv?

Rights of persons with disabilities – Note by the Secretary-General (A/77/203) [EN/AR/RU/ZH] – World Sat, 10 Sep 2022 20:41:04 +0000


Seventy-seventh session
Item 69 c) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights
Situations and Reports of Special Rapporteurs and Representatives

The Secretary-General has the honor to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Gerard Quinn, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 44/10.


In this report, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Gerard Quinn, examines the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the context of military operations. The report focuses on the implementation and application of obligations under international humanitarian law towards persons with disabilities during the conduct of hostilities.


  1. This report is submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Gerard Quinn, to the General Assembly. It contains a thematic study on the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in military operations.

  2. In preparing the report, the Special Rapporteur engaged in extensive regional consultations (in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa). The Special Rapporteur would like to thank the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Disability Alliance and the Diakonia Center for International Humanitarian Law for coordinating and helping to facilitate the regional consultations. These unprecedented consultations, bringing together the military and disabled civil society, proved to be very instructive. They lay the groundwork for continued dialogue of this type in the future.

  3. As part of the process of preparing the report, the Special Rapporteur also analyzed responses to a questionnaire sent to States, their armies, national human rights institutions, United Nations specialized agencies, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations. The Special Rapporteur received a total of 22 written contributions and expresses his deep appreciation to all respondents for their insightful contributions and cooperative attitude.

  4. This report is the second in a three-part series on armed conflict and disability. The first – presented in 2021 to the General Assembly – assessed the overall visibility of persons with disabilities across all points of the conflict/peace continuum, from conflict prevention to the conduct of hostilities, evacuation and assistance humanitarian aid, peacekeeping and peacebuilding (A/76/146). He found that people with disabilities were relatively invisible to absolutely invisible at all points along this continuum. To build on this foundation, the Special Rapporteur decided to produce a more focused report on the implementation and application of obligations under international humanitarian law towards persons with disabilities during the conduct of hostilities.

  5. The third and final thematic report in this series will be presented in 2023 and will focus on peacebuilding and disability, including accountability for past wrongs. It will complement the series by focusing on how to make more intentional space in peacebuilding processes for the voices of people with disabilities, who have key ideas about rebuilding broken societies and creating a future. more resilient and sustainable for the benefit of all. These three reports can be seen as a focused and coherent contribution to broader debates within the UN system linking peace and security to human rights, and in particular in relation to the rights of persons with disabilities.

  6. The purpose of this report is not to paint a picture of a more inclusive kind of warfare. Far from there. It is based on the essential illegality of all war under the Charter of the United Nations and aims to significantly reduce the lethality of armed conflict as experienced by one of the world’s largest minorities, people with disabilities.

Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari takes office as President of PRCS Tue, 06 Sep 2022 02:00:36 +0000

Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari took office as President of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) on Monday.

He has 22 years of experience in the corporate and healthcare sector.

Shortly after his arrival at the national headquarters of the PRCS, Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari held meetings with the management and officials of the National Society. The Secretary General briefed the new President in detail on the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the mandate and national programmes, interventions and operations of the PRCS and assured him of his full cooperation and assistance.

Shahid Ahmed Laghari appreciated the role of PRCS in alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable. He said the PRCS was a national humanitarian organization with international fame and recognition.

He underscored the need for increased commitment and dedication to help vulnerable people appropriately. The PRCS chairman said the floods had caused extensive destruction in Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and South Punjab. He called on all departments to speed up rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts for the people recently affected by the floods.

He also inspected all Red Crescent departments and participated in the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) online meeting.

]]> Turn your kitchen scraps into cooking gas Sun, 04 Sep 2022 11:32:13 +0000

A $1,000 appliance in the garden could help weather the fuel crisis

Households can now turn their food scraps – and toilet waste – into cooking gas.

The Israeli startup HomeBiogas has developed a compact and affordable version of industrial equipment usually operated by large companies and municipalities.

Its miniaturized anaerobic digester – which turns organic waste into gas – looks like an inflatable version of a two-person tent and costs less than $1,000.

Just throw away your leftover food (you can also connect it to your toilet) and the bacteria will break it all down into biogas.

It’s routed to a dedicated countertop cooker in your kitchen and is enough for two hours of cooking a day. It also creates a rich fertilizer from organic waste that can be used for your outdoor garden.

“Enzymes eat your food waste and ‘pass gas’ like most organisms do. You effectively capture the gas and use it to cook or heat water,” says HomeBiogas Board Member Ron Gonen.

HomeBiogas is placed outdoors and can provide up to two hours of cooking gas, as well as creating fertilizer for your garden. Courtesy

He says the digester can pay for itself in a year, based on US savings on waste collection and energy bills.

Other companies have tried to develop small-scale anaerobic digesters, but none have been able to do so at the cost of HomeBiogas, Gonen says. So far, more than 15,000 units have been sold in 107 countries.

“Until six months ago, Europe considered itself to have constant access to cheap gas thanks to gas coming from Russia,” he told NoCamels.

“Now everyone is trying to figure out how to replace this gas. And usually the default is “we’re going to have to build big coal or nuclear plants, or get natural gas somewhere else and refine it.”

“These are all mega-facilities that take years and hundreds of millions of dollars to build. I think when people see the HomeBiogas system and recognize that they can start generating their own gas off-site and from their own food and bio waste, I think it will be really popular.

All you have to do is pour your leftover food into the opening and the bacteria will do the rest. Courtesy

The United States throws away more food than any other country in the world – about 40 million tons each year. It makes up 30-40% of the entire US food supply, and most of it ends up directly in landfills. Food is the single largest component that takes up space in US landfills and accounts for more than a fifth of all trash.

Despite these statistics, the United States only has about 200 facilities that accept food waste from institutions, venues, stores, and restaurants and turn it into energy.

“Every time I sit down in a restaurant and see plates being taken away, I just think ‘oh my god, that’s so much,'” says Mira Marcus, public relations for HomeBiogas. “Food waste is not a problem – it’s a solution, it’s a resource. We need to start thinking about it differently.

Besides reducing electricity bills, using leftover food and other organic waste to create gas offers many benefits.

The decomposition of food in landfills generates greenhouse gases (GHGs), including methane and carbon dioxide, and accounts for more than a tenth of global emissions. According to the World Wildlife Federation, the production of wasted food in the United States is equivalent to the GHG emissions of 37 million cars – due to waste emissions and transporting waste to landfills via diesel trucks.

HomeBiogas sets up a digester in Zimbabwe. Courtesy

HomeBiogas has international projects and collaborations with governments, aid agencies and humanitarian organizations, such as: EU, UN, International Red Cross, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peres Center for peace and innovation, WWF and other projects with various UN committees in Liberia and Gaza. It also has distribution partnerships in several African countries, including Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya.

And last November, HomeBiogas won a UN agreement to supply its systems to refugee camps in several African countries. Large amounts of organic waste are produced in refugee camps, are expensive to dispose of and cause health and environmental problems.

HomeBiogas launched its first industrial systems in the communal kitchen of Kibbutz Yagur in northern Israel, as well as a boarding school in Neurim in central Israel, where it is helping children learn about sustainability, and in an IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) base. He also collaborates with a high-end luxury hotel in Israel.

One of HomeBiogas’ industrial systems in Kibbutz Yagur, northern Israel. Courtesy

The system was also used during AMADEE-20, the most advanced simulation of a manned Mars mission ever, last October at the Ramon Crater in southern Israel. It is one of the few places on Earth that resembles conditions on Mars. During the three-week mission, the astronauts used HomeBiogas to manage their organic waste.

HomeBiogas is currently in discussions with municipalities, restaurants, convention centers, hotels, multi-family developments and hospitality industries around the world who are looking for solutions to their organic waste.

Evîn Cuma: Turkey must stop using water as a weapon of war against populations Sat, 27 Aug 2022 10:27:00 +0000

The Turkish state and its mercenaries are attacking northern and eastern Syria in all sorts of ways. They use water as a weapon against the population by continuously cutting off the water coming from the Alouk water station, leaving thousands of people without water in Hesekê.

In its August 22 statement, the Hesekê Canton Assembly criticized the silence of international human rights organizations on the violations committed by the Turkish state and warned of the seriousness of the situation.

Evîn Cuma, a board member of the Cizre Region Human Rights Association, told ANHA that there was a drinking water problem at the water station in Cizre. Alouk since the Turkish state occupied Serêkaniyê in 2019, and added: “More than a million people have had their right to access to drinking water denied. This puts the lives of the inhabitants of the region in danger. »

Evîn Cuma added: “According to international law aimed at protecting civilians from war, this situation is considered a war crime.

Stressing that diseases have increased in many places, especially in refugee camps, due to water shortage, Evîn Cuma said: “Hol, Serêkaniyê and Washûkanî camps are in these areas. The shortage of drinking water represents a danger both for the refugees and for the general public. Buying water is also a risky situation because this water is not fit for consumption as drinking water.

Cuma drew attention to the diminishing hours of electricity and water supplied by the Euphrates Dam, and added, “Electricity supply hours are limited. Most of the available electricity is reserved for the Alouk station. But despite this, more than half of the agreed amount is cut.

According to the agreement between the Turkish state and the government of Damascus, 500 cubic meters of water per second must be transported to Syria. But for more than a year, this flow has been reduced to 200 cubic meters.

Cuma said: “The Euphrates water problem has been going on for years between Syria, Iraq and Turkey. The agreement is not respected and the price of water decreases. Over 7 million people live off the water of the Euphrates. Likewise, agriculture, electricity and water stations also benefit from the water of the Euphrates. All of this is now over. »

Cuma called on the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN and regional guarantor powers to pressure the Turkish state to stop using water as a weapon of war against the people.