During a humanitarian disaster, people often lose the means to buy food and other necessary basics. By providing them with emergency cash assistance, rather than food, people maintain the freedom to buy what they need and local businesses benefit in the process.

In the second of our four-part series on the EU's emergency support to help Greece with the refugee influx, meet Muna, one of 1 000...
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During a humanitarian disaster people often lose the means to buy food
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Women wait with their children to be examined and receive food distributions in an EU-funded mobile clinic run by UNICEF in the village of Rubkuai in Unity State, South Sudan. In February, the UN declared famine in the country, where one million people are currently on the brink of starvation.

The EU supports the work of its partners, World Food Programme and UNICEF, who provide thousands of...
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Women wait with their children to be examined and receive food distributions
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“We have been in this state of drought for almost 4 years now." Tumme is the sole breadwinner of her household of eight. She depends on her goats to provide for her family, but with Kenya going through a devastating drought they no longer produce milk and have left her without an income. To help Tumme and her family get by, the Resilience Consortium provides her with EU-funded emergency cash...
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We have been in this state of drought for almost 4 years
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A converted prison, once used by Saddam Hussein to hold political dissidents in the Iraqi Kurdistan town of Akre, now houses around 1 000 Syrian refugees. Life for the newcomers is difficult, with their savings running low and few job opportunities. In response, EU Humanitarian Aid and World Food Programme launched a programme last year that distributes cash rather than food or other goods, to...
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A converted prison once used by Saddam Hussein to hold political dissidents
The Philippines are affected by over 20 typhoons every year. When Typhoon Haiyan hit in November 2013, thousands of people were killed and millions forced from their homes. Here is how people in the district of Tagkip make sure they are prepared and know what to do when the next big storm arrives.
Between January 2015 and February 2016, over 1.1 million refugees and migrants made their way to the EU using the Western Balkan route, seeking to escape poverty or conflict. The EU faced its biggest refugee movement since the end of World War II. In spite of challenges and less than a year after its adoption, EU emergency support funding has made a difference and improved the living...
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Between January 2015 and February 2016 over 11 million refugees and migrants

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Nour Machlah
Christos A. Theodoroglou
As a result of either too little or too much rain, families like this one in Malawi have seen their crops wiped out as a result of two years of unpredictable weather. In southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region, most people rely on agriculture – and rain – to feed themselves. To help them make ends meet when drought and floods hit, EU helps provide weather-resistant seeds, pumps for...
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As a result of either too little or too much rain families
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Francisco Lavissue
“I was there a really long time. I was so afraid. All I saw was the masks and the white suits… I was very happy when they let me leave. I know I’m lucky because not everyone got to leave the ETC [Ebola Treatment Center].” Tonhon Bolamou, 11, second-to-last Ebola survivor during the last outbreak in Guinea in March 2016.

There are over 1 100 Ebola survivors in Guinea. Many of them still have...
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Jean-bernard Champain
From cyclones battering Madagascar and Mozambique to droughts and floods in Malawi and Zimbabwe, extreme weather continues to plague the southern Africa and Indian Ocean region.

EU humanitarian partners are helping communities prepare for such disasters and deal with their impact. They perform first aid, provide families who lost their crops with cash allowances and set up risk reduction...
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From cyclones battering Madagascar and Mozambique to droughts and floods in Malawi
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Antonio Jose Pecurto Pecurto
Earlier this month, seven neighborhoods in Mocoa, Colombia, were washed away in an instant by a massive landslide caused by overflowing rivers. More than 1 500 families lost everything in a matter of minutes, as a gigantic flow of mud washed away large parts of the town. Just a few hours after Colombia's deadliest landslide in 30 years, EU partner Acción contra el Hambre was already delivering...
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Earlier this month seven neighborhoods in Mocoa Colombia were washed away in

Relief for Colombia’s deadliest landslide in 30 years

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Castilho Dcosta
Zdenek Skořepa
When her little brother got sick with malaria, Judith carried him 50 km through the bush so he could get treated. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, where health services are far and few between, malaria and malnutrition form a deadly cocktail, especially for the youngest ones.

The EU funds life-saving health, water and hygiene delivery to some of the most isolated and hard-to-reach...
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When her little brother got sick with malaria Judith carried him 50
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Barnabas Mugenyi
Joyce Moseka Makasi
People in the Great Lakes, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean regions continue to face the consequences of years of conflict and displacement, widespread food insecurity and natural disasters.

To help meet the humanitarian needs in the regions, the European Commission is providing €47 million in humanitarian assistance: "The EU remains committed to help people in need wherever they are and to...
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People in the Great Lakes Southern Africa and Indian Ocean regions continue

The EU responds to growing humanitarian needs in Africa

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With the World Food Programme, the EU is providing millions of meals to Syrian refugees living in Turkey, using a monthly e-card allowance that gives them the freedom to buy and cook the food that reminds them of home. Follow #MoreThanFoodEU for more.
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Denis Brown
Femke Deen
How do you fight a disease if you do not have medical staff trained on how to treat it? In many areas of the Sahel, this is an everyday problem. Here, under-nutrition is responsible for the deaths of nearly half a million children under five every year, and remote health centres do not have sufficient trained staff to address the acute problem.

This is why, EU Humanitarian Aid prioritises...
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Youssouf Diarra
Djelika Togola
Over 300 million people around the world need humanitarian health assistance every year as a result of natural disasters and conflicts. Climate change and a growing ageing population means global humanitarian health needs continue to grow faster.

On World Health Day, here are 5 things you should know about the EU's work to meet emergency health needs in humanitarian crises.

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Over 300 million people around the world need humanitarian health assistance every

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Maria Conceicao Cruz Martins
Sławomir Grodzki
"We are not letting down the people of Syria." In his concluding remarks at the EU-hosted Brussels conference to Support the Future of Syria and the Region, Commissioner Christos Stylianides announced a total of $6 billion in pledges to meet the massive needs of people inside Syria and in neighbouring countries:

"Now we have to move beyond declarations. We have to act. To implement these...
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We are not letting down the people of Syria In his concluding

Commissioner Stylianides announces $6 billion at Syria conference in Brussels

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Adam Csillag
Shiva Ram Dhakal
"My father was really worried about me," says Serdar - a 16 year-old boy who had to flee his country and endure endless hardships travelling alone from Afghanistan to finally find safety in Greece.

Serdar is now staying in downtown Athens, at a shelter for unaccompanied boys run by SOS Children's Villages Greece​, with EU support. The shelter provides more than a roof over his head.

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My father was really worried about me says Serdar a 16 yearold

A second family for unaccompanied children in Greece

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MohammadAli Ibrahimi
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Today and tomorrow, the EU is hosting a major conference in Brussels dedicated to supporting the future of Syria and the region. The conference brings together 70 delegations, the UN, major donors, NGOs and civil society.

In his opening speech this morning, Commissioner Christos Stylianides stressed: "There certainly cannot be a humanitarian solution to this crisis. Only a political solution...
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Today and tomorrow the EU is hosting a major conference in Brussels

Brussels Syria Conference proposes improving humanitarian aid delivery inside Syria

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Olivierh K Giroud
Olivierh K Giroud
Louai lives with his family in an abandoned garage. Without any formal refugee camps, many Syrians in Lebanon have been forced to seek shelter wherever they can find it.

Lebanon hosts over 1.5 million Syrian refugees. The EU has provided over €1 billion in support to the country since the start of the Syrian crisis and provides cash allowances that enable refugees to pay for rent, food,...
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Louai lives with his family in an abandoned garage Without any formal
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Mohammed Khalidi
Evangelia Violari
Amid the rattle of gunfire and the thuds of mortars, a team of civilian volunteer medics receives a steady stream of patients injured in the fierce battle for Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul.

Meet the EU-supported volunteer doctors making the difference between life and death on the frontline in Mosul: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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Amid the rattle of gunfire and the thuds of mortars a team