It is with a heavy heart that Humanity & Inclusion announces the death of our colleague Ali. Ali, who was 35 years old, was killed in a heinous attack in the Middle-East on the 2nd of June, just before the start of the Eid holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The attack that killed him also killed multiple others, including Ali’s 5-year old son Wisam.
For the first time ever, the United Nations Security Council has adopted a Resolution on persons with disabilities in armed conflict. This represents a significant step forward for people with disabilities, who are particularly at risk in crisis situations and often overlooked in humanitarian assistance.
Weapons clearance drones 19/06/19
Since last January, HI and its partner Mobility Robotics have been trialing the use of drones to support weapons clearance experts in Faya-Largeau, northern Chad.
Alongside 50 weapons clearance experts working in Chad, HI uses a remote-controlled platform, a German-made GCS 200, to clear large areas in record time.
HI has been conducting weapons clearance operations near Faya-Largeau, the capital of Borku province in northern Chad, since November 2018. Some fifty weapons clearance experts work in the area. HI Communications Officer Gilles Lordet joined the teams for a typical morning of demining.
Following several weeks of clean-up operations, Humanity and Inclusion is now supporting vulnerable residents of Beira, Mozambique to repair and rebuild their homes.
Mine clearance to assist development 03/06/19
Humanity and Inclusion’s teams are clearing land in north-eastern Laos contaminated mainly by cluster munitions.
HI has supplied more than 800 men with information on how to be ‘responsible’ fathers in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.
More than one million Venezuelan migrants currently live in Colombia. HI is providing emergency assistance to these vulnerable individuals.
The United Nations Security Council discusses the protection of civilians in armed conflict this week. A HI delegation is at the United Nations headquarters to convince States to commit themselves against bombing in populated areas. At the head of this delegation, Arms Advocacy Manager, Alma Al Osta, explains HI's actions:
HI’s deminers are clearing mines in northern Lebanon, in an area contaminated during the 1975-1990 conflict. The aim is to remove the threat facing villagers.
Since 2013, Rabih has worked as one of HI’s mine clearance experts in North Lebanon, in a region contaminated heavily by the 1975-1990 civil war.
More than 30 people were killed in the exchanges of rocket fire and airstrikes between Gaza and Israel over the weekend. In Gaza, this escalation of violence could lead to a new wave of injuries, with surgical and rehabilitation services already overwhelmed.
Mozambique is still reeling from the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai 6 weeks ago but has not been spared from further disaster. Cyclone Kenneth struck the north of the country yesterday.
Since Nepal was hit by an earthquake on 25th April 2015, Humanity & Inclusion has provided support to more than 25,000 disaster-affected people.