This Week in Restoring Family Links: 12/14/16-12/15/16

Sophia Fredericks, Social Engagement Intern, National Headquarters Washington D.C. 

A man in a wheelchair fleeing the violence in eastern Aleppo. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  

A man in a wheelchair fleeing the violence in eastern Aleppo. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

 

Aleppo: As the crisis, in Aleppo reaches new heights, the ICRC is working to provide help in all ways possible. The front lines around eastern Aleppo are closing and there are calls to help save the lives are civilians in danger. These people have nowhere to escape to and the ICRC is working to find a humanitarian solution. Marianne Gasser, the ICRC’s head of delegation in Syria said “We stand ready to oversee the implementation of any mutual agreement that puts civilians first. We cannot urge this strongly enough: this must happen now.”

The battle began on July 12th 2012  and is a civil war that involves the Syrian opposition and the Syrian government. The Syrian government and its Russian allies have been killing thousands as well as targeting schools and hospitals. The crisis is worsening as the city is falling to the Syrian government who have faced accusations of executing women and children. It is found that so far 3000 civilians including 40 injured individuals have so far been evacuated.

The ICRC has said that it is willing to act as a neutral intermediary when evacuating easter Aleppo. The ICRC has not been involved in negotiations directly, but is urging for the protection of those who stay behind in eastern Aleppo as well as the need for civilians to be protected and evacuated from the area. This was seen when the ICRC spokeswoman, Krista Armstrong, said “If the basic humanitarian principles are met, and if the parties are all in favor, we stand ready to act as a neutral intermediary and to assist civilians who are in need.”

Uganda: Uganda has officially become the country in Africa with the highest number of refugees with most being South Sudanese. A settlement in northern Uganda known as Bibi Bidi has so far seen to be a settlement in Uganda with the fastest number of refugees coming in holding as many as 220,000 refugees. The EU is now stepping in to provide aid to Uganda in order to help it deal with the large numbers of refugees it is now hosting.

Photo Credit: Natalia Jidovanu

Photo Credit: Natalia Jidovanu


The recent influx of refugees have occurred as a result of renewed violence because of the civil war in South Sudan. The conflict as displaced as many as 1.61 million people with the majority of refugees being women and children. There are reports that many who attempt to cross the border are succumbed to physical and sexual assault. Many refugees attempting to cross have the roads blocked off by armed groups and are forced to walk through the bush for days without basic necessities. Many organizations are such as the UNHCR and Medical Teams International are working to provide support and aid for the growing crisis.