Today, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has announced additional €18 million in humanitarian aid for people affected by conflict in Ukraine.

"The recent escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, and its impact on the civilian population, is of great concern," said Commissioner Stylianides during his visit to the country. "Our new aid package will...
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Fifty-year-old Kawther Jahwani was forced from her home in Homs, Syria by airstrikes that threatened her family.

She escaped to Reyhanli in Turkey, where she now relies on support from the International Medical Corps UK, funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Operations.

As she fled, she grabbed her coffee pot, a link to happier times in Syria: a reminder of picnics with...
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Before the echoes of shelling became routine, Valentina Petrovna's home was filled with the warmth of family. But the conflict in Donetsk, Ukraine, took her son Andrey, who got killed by an artillery shell. Four days later, another explosion destroyed the family house.

Since then, Valentina has been striving to stay alive, with the help of People in Need and the EU Humanitarian Aid...
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"We must live up to the challenge of assisting the people most in need, during and after the military operations. This is why we have been and we will continue to be at the forefront of advocacy efforts and humanitarian response in Iraq, including to emergency medical needs."

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides renews calls for humanitarian access to...
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2016 was the year that Somalia’s food security situation reached a new threshold – 5 million Somalis, or 40% of the population, are now food insecure. The prolonged drought and ongoing conflict in the country are threatening to unravel the fragile progress achieved since the famine of 2011.

The European Commission is helping the World Food Programme reach vulnerable groups such as mothers,...
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For many children in Afghanistan, access to education is a luxury. The longstanding conflict in the country has badly affected the education system while denying hundreds of thousands of students their right to education.

To provide access to quality education and a protective environment for out-of-school children, the European Commission supports a Norwegian Refugee Council's emergency...
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After several weeks of fighting forest fires in Chile, the firemen from Portugal, Spain and France who were dispatched under the European Civil Protection Mechanism returned to Europe yesterday morning.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, personally thanked each of the firemen, emphasising ''They are the face of the Europe we are all proud of and an...
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On Sunday 12 February, the Chilean government offered an act of recognition to EU firefighters who collaborated in fighting against the devastating fires that razed several regions of Chile in the last few weeks. "Thank you for the delivery of assistance. Your spirit gave us strength" said the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz during the ceremony.

The EU activated its European...
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Fighting a war not of their making, hundreds of thousands of children in South Sudan are enrolled in armed groups in the ruthless conflict that's been plaguing their country for over three years.

For some, like 15-year-old Medan, there is a glimmer of hope: after long discussions with the South Sudanese government, UNICEF secured the release of 1 755 children in 2015. It was one of the...
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"I like the space because it is a peaceful place, and women can interact freely and relax without fear or anxiety."

With the support of the EU, Oxfam has established "Female Friendly Spaces" in accommodation sites across Epirus to allow women and girls of all nationalities to feel comfortable and safe.

Safe spaces recognise the unique needs and challenges of female migrants and refugees;...
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The European Union activated its European Civil Protection Mechanism to assist Chile with the worst forest fires in 50 years, responding to the invitation of Chilean authorities. Spain, France and Portugal contributed teams of firefighters, while Sweden and Austria provided in-kind assistance of technical equipment.

All national teams mentioned they had never witnessed such widespread...
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For many, the moment they had to flee their homes amidst the fighting in Syria was a moment of choices: what to bring with them?

For 5-year-old Nizar Rastnawi, there was no such indecision – his Spiderman outfit is currently safe in his hands in the Turkish city of Kirikan. His family relies on the support of International Medical Corps UK, whose work in the region is funded by the European...
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Chile has been plagued with 3,177 forest fires since July 2016. Over half a million hectares of land and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed—the largest such disaster in 50 years.

Most fires are now under control, thanks to a massive deployment of the European Civil Protection Mechanism to assist Chilean authorities. For the past couple of weeks, 69 firefighters from France and 52...
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More than three months have passed since the beginning of the Mosul offensive in Iraq. Hundreds of civilians have been injured or killed, and tens of thousands have been forced to flee from their homes. Winterisation support and emergency trauma care remain key priorities.

In response to this situation, the EU delivered life-saving support by plane in December 2016 and January 2017 to assist...
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The European Commission strengthens its support to Haiti with an additional contribution of €35 million for 2017, composed of €16 million of humanitarian aid and €19 million of development assistance.

"The European Union is fully mobilised to help the Haitian people in these difficult times. In order to respond to urgent needs, additional €16 million of humanitarian aid will be provided to...
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When it comes to natural disasters, few countries are as exposed as Bangladesh. From floods to cyclones and earthquakes, the country is among the most vulnerable worldwide.

In a bid to help communities better prepare for these recurring natural hazards, the European Commission supported the creation of the National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiative, a consortium of aid...
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“The winter in Turkey is so much colder than in Syria,” says Mohamed, a 51-year-old from Aleppo who fled to Turkey last year with seven family members.

In Turkey’s rural areas, the winter is a bitter challenge for thousands of refugees who left everything behind for the sake of feeling safe.

Through a project funded by the European Union, CARE has supported 4,400 Syrian families with winter...
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For many vulnerable Syrian refugees living in Turkey, placing a daily meal on the family table is a major challenge. EU humanitarian aid supports the World Food Programme e-food card initiative in Turkey. This allows Syrian families to purchase nutritious food of their choosing in designated supermarkets.

With more than just onion and bread to feed their children, thousands of parents can...
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Chile has lost over half a million hectares to more than 100 wildfires raging throughout the country. This is the worst such disaster in 50 years.

In order to deliver immediate assistance, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated to coordinate national civil protection authorities across Europe. Firefighters from Portugal, Spain and France are already at work to bring the blaze under...
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At a local market close to the Adjumani refugee settlement in northern Uganda, Nyangai buys some vegetables. “Afterwards, I will go to town to buy maize flour, sorghum, cooking oil, beans and other items to take us through the month,” she says.

In Uganda, the World Food Programme is giving refugees a choice between monthly distributions of food or cash assistance. Cash is a more flexible form...
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