Red Cross Northland Mon, 06 Dec 2021 02:13:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Red Cross Northland 32 32 Highest UN humanitarian appeal falls on deaf ears Sun, 05 Dec 2021 23:56:20 +0000

On Thursday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) appealed to the great powers for a record $ 41 billion to help the 183 million people most in need of life-saving aid.

This is a big increase from the $ 35 billion requested for 2021 and double the amount requested just four years ago. It is needed by some 63 countries, or nearly a third of the 193 member states of the United Nations, most of which emerged after national liberation movements took over from the colonial powers that had previously ruled them.

Speaking at a press conference at the launch of the appeal on Thursday, OCHA chief and emergency relief coordinator Martin Griffiths stressed that the number of people in need “has never been as high “. He said: “The climate crisis is hitting the world’s most vulnerable people first and worst. Protracted conflicts persist and instability has worsened in several parts of the world, including Ethiopia, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

The worse is yet to come.

OCHA Global Humanitarian Overview 2022 report, published the same day, draws on the work of 37 agencies, including various United Nations agencies and international aid organizations. He said 274 million people around the world will need some form of emergency assistance next year, up 17% from a record 235 million in 2021. One in 29 people out of 7.9 billion people in the world will need help in 2022, up 250% from 2015, when one in 95 people needed help.

In this photo from Sunday, June 14, 2020, Issa Ibrahim Nasser, seven months, is brought to a clinic in Deir Al-Hassi. At seven months, Issa weighs only three kilos. Like him, hundreds of children suffer from severe acute malnutrition due to poverty and overwhelming conflict. Yemen. (AP Photo / Issa Al-Rajhi)

The report noted that the COVID-19 pandemic, fueled by vaccine inequality, has devastated economies, livelihoods, health systems and education. Screening, diagnosis and treatment for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria have declined. Prenatal visits fell 43% and 23 million children missed basic childhood vaccines in 2021. With 2.2 billion children without internet access at home, many have faced an interruption in their education .

The pandemic has increased suffering and extreme poverty, increasing again after two decades of decline, with women and young workers disproportionately affected by job losses. Some 247 million women live on less than $ 1.90 a day. Hunger is on the rise and food insecurity has reached unprecedented levels, with 811 million people (11% of the world’s population) undernourished and famine “a real and terrifying possibility in 43 countries”.

Political conflicts have hit civilians hard. More than 1% of the world’s population is now displaced, 42% of which are children. Millions of internally displaced people (IDPs) live in camps or in conditions of poverty in cities for long periods of time, unable to return to their homes.

Humanitarian needs are by far the greatest in the Middle East and Africa, thanks to wars provoked, fueled and paid for by imperialist powers in search of access to raw materials and markets for the benefit of the companies they represent. . The priority of the local oligarchies is to remain competitive for foreign investment, while continuing to pay the debt to the financial vultures, expanding their armed forces and suppressing the revolutionary efforts of the working class and the poor peasants.