With droughts, terrorist attacks and abject poverty, 12.6 million people in the Sahel countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and the Niger are dependent on humanitarian aid. Germany is supporting a project of the Workers’ Samaritan Federation that transforms barren desert areas into fertile pasture land.
Deisy Xiomara Castro, a single mother from Honduras, used to earn five dollars a day – doing other people’s laundry. That enabled her to feed herself and her six children.
Today’s World Humanitarian Day shines a spotlight on humanitarian aid workers. The day commemorates a bomb attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad 17 years ago that claimed the lives of 22 UN staff members.
Many humanitarian crises are not in the public eye and, as a result, the people affected do not receive adequate support. The Federal Foreign Office is drawing attention to these crises and is active across the globe, from El Salvador to Burundi and Myanmar.
Global health, climate and security, and sexual violence in conflicts: all these issues were on the agenda during the German Presidency of the Security Council in July. In addition, the cross-border resolution on Syria was extended, ensuring access for humanitarian assistance.