Amid Tigray conflict, UNHCR and partners seek almost $150 million to help refugees in Sudan

Countries: Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
Sources: Concern Worldwide, Danish Refugee Council, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, Welthungerhilfe, COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale, United Nations Population Fund, Medair, ZOA, Islamic Relief, International Organization for Migration, World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNOPS, CARE, World Food Programme, Mercy Corps, UN Children's Fund, Relief International, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Save the Children, Plan International, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Women, Alight

As thousands of Ethiopians are displaced into Sudan, where more than 12.7 million people are already in need of assistance, the Refugee Emergency Response Plan seeks to scale up existing multi-sectoral efforts.


UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits Sudan as Ethiopian arrivals cross 43,000

Countries: Ethiopia, Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

In eastern Sudan, UNHCR continues to ramp up its relief effort together with Sudan’s Commission on Refugees and local authorities amidst complex logistical challenges.


Children forced to live among unexploded bombs and rubble after Iraq camp closures strand thousands

Country: Iraq
Source: Save the Children

Save the Children spoke to parents who had been forced to leave the camps. They told harrowing accounts of finding unexploded bombs and corpses in buildings and under rubble in areas they now live in.


Humanitarian actors seek US$168 million to support 1.9 million conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine

Country: Ukraine
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan lays out how more than 120 partners aim to assist the most vulnerable people in addition to the efforts already being undertaken by the Government.


Philippines appeal revised to $52.6 million to enable Typhoon Vamco assistance

Country: Philippines
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

In response to Typhoons Goni and Vamco, humanitarian partners will focus on life-saving and time-critical recovery needs of people living in the hardest-hit provinces, Albay, Catanduanes and Cagayan.


Mozambique update from HLA members

We have been coordinating responses from various HLA members on the current emergency situation in Mozambique following Cyclin Idai.

Club of Mozambique - emergency update

Club of Mozambique, the online gateway to Mozambique, reported that on 18 March the first international airlift arrived in Beira, Mozambique from UNHRD in Dubai. WFP are handling the distribution of supplies. For more information, read here.

Aero Africa - capacity

Reporting on 21 March, Jamie AndersonDirector -  African Solutions, said: "Remarkably I have not seen any humanitarian aid requests freely on the market for air cargo into Mozambique as of yet. It appears that the international call to help has yet to gather pace. I spoke to a few forwarders who handle NGO’s yesterday and they said the same. There are relief convoys en route ex South Africa. Day by day the world is starting to see the big picture therefore I expect a lot more activity in the coming days."

In terms of carrier availability, he added: "We would welcome any enquiries as we are very in touch with aircraft availability along the entire eastern coastline of Africa. Astral Aviation has the 727F based in NBO. There are also ample AN26F and also a C310 in MGQ that could also be called into play, as the operators do have spare hours".

Volga-Dnepr - capacity

Reporting on 21 March, Stuart Smith, Director Global Humanitarian, said of Volga-Dnepr's capacity: "1 x VDA IL76 is now ready in Maputo and will operate flights in coming days for BEW/Beira International Airport. We may consider ops also to Chimoio/VPY inside Mozambique. We may also look to offer B737F of Atran Cargo (Volga-Dnepr Group) ex EU and UAE origins, in case of smaller loads requirement. BEW, as we understand it, is not able to download larger freighters due lack of MDL but smaller freighters (forklift/low loader etc) as yes OR ramp".

Sheltereach.org - shelter

John Vasila of Sheltereach said: “Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Minangagwa, of town Chmanimani Government wants to ensure that houses are built back with stronger materials. Sheltereach designs can be summed up with the word Simple. Simple for the end users, simple in terms of logistics and simple in procurement.

This leads to safe, affordable housing with access to services. We can also help local people to understand the building principles and materials used in our shelter/housing systems. We can partner with Government and NGOs to ensure appropriate disaster relief and reconstruction methods are used, increasing the strength by up to 30 times of  the original structure, usually without increasing the minimal budget cost".

See attached for typical shelter options and a diagram of a Disaster Cycle, in terms of shelter.