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News from around the world in 2013

5.5m people have been made homeless by Syria's war
5.5m people have been made homeless by Syria's war

Here, we present a round-up of SOS news stories from the last six months. Read on to find out how SOS Children has been helping children and families around the world.

Stepping up aid to Syria

With more than 5.5 million people in Syria made homeless by the civil war, including a million children, more people are relying on humanitarian aid just to get by. The price of food is rising rapidly and drinking water, medicine and basics like infant milk are in increasingly short supply, putting babies and small children at risk. As part of our emergency relief work, SOS Children is providing shelter and food for families plus nappies and milk for infants, trauma support for children in refugee camps, and help to enable children to carry on with their schoolwork. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are helping to bring a little normality to people whose lives have been devastated.

Emergency measures in MaliEmergency measures in Mali

Emergency relief work has begun in the Mopti region of Mali, where masses of people are arriving following violence in the north. Well over 200,000 people have been forced from their homes, including 40,000 who are now are living in Mopti. Mothers and young children are suffering the most, with many infants at risk of malnutrition. SOS Children is helping to feed 1,000 children plus 1,300 pregnant women and new mothers. We are also offering counselling to children who have been caught up in the violence, including those who have suffered human rights violations. Beyond immediate relief, we will provide housing and shelter to more than 1,000 people who have lost their homes.

CAR care crisisCentral African Republic care crisis

Earlier this year, we launched an emergency programme to support children and families affected by the brutal conflict in the Central African Republic, an area that has seen recurrent violence over the last decade. Half of the 4.6 million people affected so far are children, with a growing number of unprotected lone children arriving at refugee camps. We aim to reach 10,000 people who have been forced from their homes, many of whom have fled to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon. Key priorities are to help unaccompanied children, pregnant women and new mothers. With a team of local childcare experts, five SOS medical centres and other key facilities close to the areas most directly affected, we are well-positioned to deliver care to those who need it the most.

Vincent KompanyFootballers pitch in to kick-off Hong Kong Friends

July saw the launch of the Hong Kong Friends of SOS Children at an event that included a press launch with Manchester City FC team captain and SOS Ambassador Vincent Kompany. Supported by Manchester City, BT and Pinsent Masons, the event was attended by many of our corporate partners in Hong Kong. Bloomberg TV anchor Susan Li was also there to mark her new role as an SOS Ambassador.

Up until now, our generous supporters in Hong Kong have been donating via the UK. However, the new group will make it easier for Hong Kong donors to offer better support to vulnerable children and families. Commenting, Vincent Kompany said:

I’ve been supporting SOS Children for around 10 years. One of the best things about the charity is that when you donate, you know that every penny you give goes to the right projects.

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