Emergencies and urgent situations have many shapes and types, and they do vary from one country to another.
However, a set of fundamental things exist in all of them.
The following status defines emergencies;
- There is clear evidence that an event or series of events has caused human suffering or an imminent threat to life or livelihood.
- Where the government concerned does not have the resources to remedy these situations.
- And where the event or series of events is an abnormal matter that results in the life of a community being exceptionally disrupted.”.
Principles of Humanitarian Assistance
The principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence are fundamental to humanitarian action.
- Humanity means that human suffering must be addressed wherever it occurs, with special attention to those most at risk.
- Neutrality means that humanitarian assistance must not favor any side in an armed conflict or other dispute.
- Impartiality means that humanitarian assistance must be provided solely based on need and without discrimination.
- Independence implies that humanitarian objectives are independent of political, economic, military, or other objectives.
Emergency Relief Program
Emergency relief means providing immediate assistance to the victims of conflicts or disaster situations.
Emergencies are described as “urgent situations in which there is clear evidence that an event or series of events has occurred that causes human suffering or poses an imminent threat to life or livelihood and for which the government concerned does not have the means to provide a remedy, and it is a demonstrably abnormal event or series of events that disrupt the life of a community to an extraordinary degree.”
An urgent situation means a situation in which an individual is determined to be at risk of experiencing an emergency shortly if they do not receive care, treatment, or support services.
Humanitarian assistance in emergencies aims to support and protect vulnerable people and meet the basic needs of groups affected by natural disasters or conflict regarding access to water, sanitation, food, shelter, and medical care.
This assistance complements the authorities of the crisis-affected country and is part of the broader framework of service provided by civil society, particularly international organizations.
Help Children in Emergencies
In conflicts and disasters, children are the first and the most suffering.
Children are particularly vulnerable to disease, malnutrition, and violence in emergencies and humanitarian contexts. Children living in conflict zones fare the worst – for example, they are more likely to live in extreme poverty or not attend elementary school.
The chaos and insecurity of war threaten or destroy access to food, shelter, social support, and medical care, leading to increased vulnerability in communities, especially children.
Often traumatic situations can threaten the long-term well-being of children, and there is an urgent need to respond to the traumas that children may experience.
Emergency Relief Fund for Students
Students are more likely to live in extreme poverty or not attend elementary school.
In emergency situations, it is almost impossible to go to school, especially for children in the primary school phase.
Therefore, children in conflict areas suffer from ignorance because there are no safe schools to teach them.
Delivering Emergency and Disaster Relief
At the beginning of emergencies, people need urgent supplies and assistance. Therefore, prepared and stored relief supplies must be available in advance to avoid urgent supply shortages, especially in areas prone to conflict and disaster.
Types of Emergency Aid
Each humanitarian disaster has its own set of challenges and must be responded to accordingly. Phenomena such as unplanned urbanization, under-development, poverty, and climate change are all factors that can make humanitarian emergencies more complex, frequent, and severe.
Complex emergencies are typically defined by:
- A large scale of violence and loss of life.
- Population displacement.
- Causing massive damage to societies and economies.
- The need for large-scale and multifaceted humanitarian assistance.
- Obstruction or denial of humanitarian assistance due to political and military restrictions.
- Significant security risks for humanitarian workers in some areas.
Recent Bonyan Responses
Bonyan continues to provide its relief and aid work. One of Bonyan’s latest responses in northwestern Syria is the registration process for the beneficiaries of cultivation tools vouchers in the Afrin region within the “Emergency Multi-Sector Vouchers” project.
And its continuation of providing psychological support activities for children to reduce the war impact on children and raise their resilience.
What is an Aid Emergency?
Emergency aid is the assistance given to people affected by unforeseeable natural disasters or human conflicts.
How is Aid Delivered?
Humanitarian aid can be delivered through organizations that can reach places of emergency accidents that need help.
Who Qualifies for an Emergency Relief Fund?
All people living in emergency areas.