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Syria - Ongoing conflict

Children in Syria

The conflict in Syria is now in its ninth year. The brutal civil war has caused millions of people to flee their homes.

Working through our partner ReliefAid, we're supporting families from Idlib, where recent airstrikes have caused a sharp increase in people leaving their homes. Families have received tarpaulins, blankets, mosquito nets, solar lights and other essential aid items.  

Elsewhere, distributions are ongoing through our partners Hand in Hand, Bahar, and Relief Aid. Families are being supported with tents, ShelterKits and other essential aid items.

Working through local partners, we have supported over 50,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq. This makes it the largest, most sustained response in our history.

Find out more about the conflict in Syria and how ShelterBox is responding.  

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Paraguay - Flooding

Months of torrential rain have caused severe flooding in the capital of Paraguay, forcing entire communities to move to higher grounds to survive.

The unusually heavy rain has been linked to the climate pattern El Niño, displacing nearly 20,000 families who urgently need shelter and essential aid.

We're working with our partners and local authorities to support families who have lost their homes. Distributions are currently underway, with over 2,000 families receiving vital aid so far.

The floodwater is not expected to recede anytime soon, so families may not be able to get back to their homes until the end of the year. 

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Lake Chad Basin - The forgotten Crisis

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The violence has since spread to the neighbouring regions of Niger, Chad and Cameroon

Around 10.7 million people in the Lake Chad region are in need of relief assistance. 2.4 million people are estimated to have been displaced and perpetual insecurity continues to drive displacement. In Cameroon, a new project is supporting families with tents, ShelterKits and other essential aid items. In Nigeria, we will be working again with our partner ACTED to support internally displaced families.

Learn more about the 'Forgotten Crisis' and see how we're supporting families. 

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Somaliland - Drought

Distributions in Somaliland

Severe drought in Somaliland has affected an estimated 766,000 people since November 2016.

Over the last three years the drought has killed up to 80% of the region’s livestock. This has had a devastating effect for thousands of families who rely on livestock farming, forcing them to flee their homes in search of better grazing land. 

We have worked closely with our partner ActionAid to support families affected by the severe drought, with essential items like tarpaulins and rope. 

We have supported over 4,000 families so far, and we're currently working to see whether we can undertake more projects in the area in the future.  

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Ethiopia - Conflict and Flooding

During the aid distributions in 2018.

In Ethiopia, severe flooding and conflict have forced people to leave their homes.

Nearly one million people have been forced to flee because of violent conflicts in the Guji-Gedo zone since April 2018.

Severe flooding has also left thousands of families without homes. These rains have continued, triggering recurrent flooding and landslides. 

With the support of our partner, we have supported over 3,000 families in total so far. But our work is far from over; we're planning a new project to support over 1,000 more families.

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