Advocate for the affected people in Syria

And to demand the application of the international humanitarian legal framework for non-discrimination and justice for the afflicted in the two countries

First: the introduction
– On Monday the death toll from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria rose to more than 33000 dead in the two afflicted countries, while hopes of finding survivors diminished, 8 days after the devastating earthquake that occurred in Turkey and Syria, which was described as “the worst event in this region in history.” 100 years.”
– The extremely cold weather in the affected areas hinders efforts to rescue the afflicted and affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, and exacerbates the suffering of millions of those affected, in addition to the limited implementation of the United Nations agencies in providing humanitarian aid across the borders, because the United States relied on providing humanitarian aid through Bab al-Hawa crossing only.
– Under the mandate of the United Nations Secretariat. Most people are in dire need of help. According to UN statements, there are no complete statistics, and UN agencies are still assessing the earthquake’s repercussions on the affected region of Syria. There are teams trying to assess the needs, but the situation is very difficult because Syria, before the earthquake, was going through a very bad and miserable situation compared to the past years of war.
– The crisis in Syria is a “crisis within a crisis.” This is the scene in Syria, which is now reeling in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that came after more than a decade of debilitating war. In a war-torn country.

Second: The current situation, and the advocacy message of civil society organizations in Yemen
– Based on what was published by the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the sixth day of the crisis, the obstacles that impede the delivery of aid to affected area of Syria are due to the destruction of roads and the failure to open crossings. To deliver humanitarian aid to affected people in Syria, we need to use roads and crossings, and this decision is left to the Security Council, which is who makes these decisions.
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– We have noticed, based on the tracking of international reports, that there is a weakness in the movement of rescue operations towards the affected regions of Syria, and we call on the United Nations to intensify and speed up the organization of the response, as it is concerned with the humanitarian and relief file and the coordinator of humanitarian operations and missions there.
Since it is in a humanitarian and catastrophic situation, the flow of international aid began naturally after the earthquake that struck Turkey and neighboring Syria, with the arrival of the first rescue teams, equipment and foodstuffs to the affected areas in Turkey.. on the sixth day of the catastrophe of the devastating earthquake, and based on the confirmation of the Syrian Civil Defense, the equipment that was requested from the humanitarian agencies to extract the stranded people in the affected area of Syria did not arrive. “Euronews”
-Based on the reports and what has been published, the United Nations response is very insufficient compared to the disaster and the impact of the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria, which is called the worst natural disaster in the century.
– The delay in the process of responding to the earthquake disaster in Syria on the part of the United Nations, as it is authorized to process relief and coordination to deliver humanitarian aid is unacceptable, and we urge the Secretariat of the United Nations and the Secretary-General that in such a disaster as the devastating earthquake, to take measures and decisions from The UN Security Council accepted to return to the well-established provisions of international humanitarian law applicable to the facts.
– Despite our affirmation of our solidarity and sympathy with all those affected in the two countries, we still recommend justice in distributing resources among those affected. We affirm our stand with the affected people in Turkey and Syria, and we demand, in this document, justice in distributing resources fairly and justly between the victims in the two countries and within the framework of international humanitarian law by providing assistance impartially, and not discriminating between the affected people in the two countries. And this much-needed assistance inside Syria must not be disrupted for any reason.
-And our awareness, as civil society organizations working in the humanitarian field in Yemen, of the importance of humanitarian work in a neutral manner in response to human needs arising from complex emergencies, and in a manner that complies with the basic humanitarian principles of human sense, integrity and neutrality. The undersigned civil society organizations in Yemen demand through this document to direct the provision of assistance in the three points (direct assistance – indirect assistance – support in the field of infrastructure) within the international framework of humanitarian law through the opening of crossing points.

– We appeal to the United Nations and appeal on it to direct all mechanisms, international agencies and humanitarian agencies to work with a direct mandate from the United Nations Secretariat and to overcome all logistical difficulties and use all possible crossings across borders to reach all those affected in all affected areas of the two countries impartially .And using its logistical capabilities in the Middle East region, and facilitating the rapid and emergency entry of rescue teams and medical teams from all countries, in accordance with international humanitarian law, to overcome the difficulties facing rescue teams.

– We call for a significant increase in funds for Syrian NGOs and their organizations and an acceleration of the resettlement agenda.

We put this advocacy document in your hands and we hope that you will take all messages and demands into consideration in order to respond to the catastrophic situation in Syria.

Signatories:
1. Abs Development Organization for Women & Children
2. Democracy School
3. Basma Foundation for Child Development and Woman
4. Tomorrow Foundation for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Relief
5. Wa’am Foundation
6. Social Development Hodeidah Girls Foundation
7. White Hands Association for Women’s Development
8. Rawabi AL-Nahdah
9. The Association for the Care and Rehabilitation
10. Nasaem Foundation for Development
11. Red Crescent Division Abs
12. Al Shafaqa Foundation for Kidney Failure and Cancer Care
13. Musahmah Orgnization for Human Development
14. Knoz yemen organization humanity development
15. Human Aid Organization
16. Ramz Development Foundation
17. Nabd Development and Evolution Organization
18. National Prisoner Foundation
19. Medical Mercy Foundation
20. Tayabah Foundation for Development
21. Khadija Foundation for Development
22. Rifa Foundation for Community and Human Development
23. Humanitarian Action Library – Yemen
24. Sustainable Development Foundation
25. Future Makers Association
26. Itar Foundation for Social Development
27. Hajjah Cultural Developmental Foundation
28. For All foundation
29. Make Hope for Development and Relief (MHDR)
30. Ablity Foundation for Sustainable Development
31. Humantarian aid association
32. National foundation for development and healthcar
33. For us foundation
34. Peace foundation
35. Yemeni Development Network For NGO’s
36. Light Foundation
37. Youth Start Organization for Sustainable Development
38. Gisr Al Atta Association
39. Nahda Makers Foundation
40. Soul For Development
41. Rowad Foundation for Development and Human Rights
42. Socotra Foundation for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Relief

 

WATER PURIFICATION STATION

Under the war circumstances, residents of Qutbah sub-district have always struggled to secure enough safe drinking water, as they were fed by a single well that serves 11 villages. Unfortunately, this well is salty and unfit for drinking; and causes many diseases. Almost, the beneficiaries were relied on a high cost purchasing water. As the conflict escalated, the coming IDPs to Qutbah sub-district caused more pressure on the limited source of water, and increasing the cost of purchasing water which unaffordable for the both host community (HC) and Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Therefore, most of the them were forced to fetch water from the salty well; so diarrheal and kidney diseases have broken out among them, and the health situation deteriorates.
ADO has responded throughout a comprehensive WASH intervention, to alleviate suffering of the 7,897 from girls, boys, women and men including PWSNs in Abs and Khairan Al Muharraq districts, Hajjah Governorate. ADO response included a solution to the unhealthy and salty well problem via construction and installation of a water purification station powered by solar energy with SDG7; to provide the most sustainable drinking water for the most affected people from IDPs and HCs funded by DKH, in coordination with the local authority and the GARWSP. It is benefitting 3,885 individuals, operates for 10 hours a day and pumps at a rate of 1500 liters per hour. To ensure the sustainability, a community committee was formed to manage, operate and maintenance the water purification station; which has contributed to solving much of the suffering of the most vulnerable people via securing a sustainable source of safe drinking water.

A child is protected from the catastrophic effects of Early marriage

Najah is one of ADO’s reported cases in CP programme that was funded in UNICEF in 2020. Najah is an impoverished nine-year-old IDP who has fled her village along with her family to find themselves forced to live under a tree in Abs district. Early marriage is most common among IDP communities. ” We have nothing left to be sold for the living” Nagah’s father said. One day, he decided to force his daughter to accept to get married. Soon after the case was reported, ADO team took immediate humanitarian action and has managed to stop the marriage aiming to protect Najah through increasing the community awareness on early marriage risks on young girls and the provision of assistance in various programme components like Shelter, WASH, Cash for food to help Najah go back to school in addition to Child Protection).

Putting smiles back on Mohammed’s family

Under the project titled, “Provision of Nutritional Assistance to the Affected Communities from Children and Pregnant & Lactating Women” provided and funded by the World Food Program (WFP), and while Abs Development Organization for Woman and Child (ADO) was actively implementing the screening and referral activities for September cycle- 2021 in Al-Kuleyah village in Qanawes district of Al-Hodeidah Governorate through the community health volunteers (CHVs), Mohammed Ashhar, the poor 6-month-old SAM detected case MUAC was 10 Cm. Therefore, he was referred to Al-Kuleyah HU at once.
Mohammed’s family continued to receive the necessary therapeutic nutrition during the treatment period to save their son’s life.
In just a few months, Mohammad was in the right track leading for his speedy recovery when his treatment was being followed up at home by Aisha Gailan – ADO CHV who was constantly following up on his condition through home-to-home visits until Mohammed’s MUAC finally registered 13Cm. at the last visit dated on 22 July 2022.
ADO team was so happy to see Mohammed’s life saved and has celebrated the success story of putting the smiles back on Mohammed’s family.

Providing nutritional assistance to the affected communities by malnutrion

Latifa success story

More than seven years of an ongoing armed conflict in Yemen have caused widespread poverty, deteriorating living conditions and an increase in the number of malnourished children. However, through the activities of Abs Development Organization (ADO) project titled: “Providing Nutritional Assistance to the Affected Communities by Malnutrition ” which is funded by WFP and implemented by (ADO) significantly helps to mitigate malnutrition in accordance with international standards. Latifa M’d Jailan was among the children that were detected and followed up by ADO team until she was recovered. Latifa’s family earns the living out of raising plants and cattle in the 3rd catchment area of Mahal Al-Hindi village in Al-Qanawes district, one of the areas of Tahami coast, which is classified among the most affected areas as a result of the current economic crisis.

Huda Abdo Jaylan, an ADO trained Community Health Volunteer noticed the complications of severe malnutrition of the 6-month-baby Latifa so, Latifa’s mother was sensitized to the importance of breast- feed and sound nutrition. As Latifa’s family was used to feed their child milk from the cattle, she experienced complications of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) as a consequence. Therefore, Huda took Latifa’s MUAC that reached (9.4)CM. and then after filling in the referral form, she convinced Latifa’s family that their daughter needs to be referred to Al-Jailanyah HF to get treatment avoiding complications
Upon Latifa’s arrival at the health facility, she was registered in the health facility’s records and was given therapeutic nutrition. Latifa’s condition improved from severe malnutrition to moderate malnutrition, as her MUAC became 12.5 cm.

Latifa returned home as an active and cheerful child and naturally playing after recovering from the complications of malnutrition that she was suffering from, as her current MUAC is (13.3) cm. The family of the little girl, Latifa, was overjoyed after seeing her in good health. The community felt the fruit of the efforts made by the volunteer and the ADO team in following up the case from the early stages of its discovery until the stage of full recovery from malnutrition. They thanked and praised all the workers in this programme.

Children Lives at Al-Makeen Village are Saved by a CHV

Sua’ad Qayem who is working as a CHV for ADO under the nutrition project in Al-Qanawes District of Al-Hodeidah Governorate was witness to the deprivations of basic health facilities in Al-Makeen village where there is no access to a nearby Health Center other than an incompletely built non-functional one since the year 2000 that is 4 Km. far from the village.
Suad added that, according to the monthly screening and referrals’ reports, there have been increasing cases of malnutrition among U5 children adding to the locals’ suffering. This can be attributed to the fact that parents have no access to health services and that’s why, they are dissuaded from getting their children immunized in time.

Rehabilitating HFs
Measles outbreaks among children in August 2022, have claimed the lives of 4 children out of approximately 40 malnourished cases afflicted by measles.
The non-functional and incompletely built Al-Makeen HC is not included in ADO intervention. Yet, Suad along with two other of her co-working CHVs (Jamila and Ruqaya) have reported this issue to Abdulrabbu Jailan – ADO BSFP-Distribution Supervisor under ADO nutrition project who as an initiative, visited the village along with ADO team on 13 Aug.2022. ADO team met with the senior citizens there in Al-Makeen village and listened to them talking about their suffering from the widespread of diseases and increasing cases of acute malnutrition due to the delay in restoring the HC. Therefore, all agreed with a HC restoration initiative to be implemented by well-off locals, after the coordination with DHO and GHO. The HC was provided with windows and doors and thus was finally rehabilitated on 25 Aug. 2022.
Provision of nutrition by UNICEF mobile clinic

The UNICEF mobile clinics were then assigned by Al-Qanawes DHO to intervene in the newly health facility in Al-Makeen village with vaccinations and transporting of nutrition to the 2nd and 3rd catchment areas there. At present, the UNICEF mobile clinics are accompanied by ADO CHVs to provide the screened cases of malnourished cases with appropriate nutrition.
Both the DHO Director and the District Nutrition Coordinator praised the role of ADO CHVs in sensitizing the beneficiaries in the remote villages raising their awareness of the dangers of malnutrition on children and PLW.
ADO also does appreciate the CHVs ‘role and efforts they made in drawing the attention of the concerned local authorities to the importance of accessing malnutrition cases in the 2nd and 3rd catchment areas of remote health facilities.
It is worth noting that this is not ADO team first initiative in helping to alleviate locals’ suffering through prioritizing their access to health and nutrition services at such hard-to-reach areas. For instance, in the year 2016 during the spread of Dengue fever and IDPs fleeing from conflict-areas like Harad and Midi districts in addition to Bani Hassan sub-district of Abs, Ali Mohammed Ali Jailan, a health worker in Abed village of Al-Qanawes district made a humanitarian initiative by building a room at the yard of his own house to provide health services; an initiative that was accredited by the DHO to fall under SAM intervention. The provided services rendered at that temporary HC included immunization and distribution of therapeutic nutrition for SAM. ADO team continued in following up the coordination with the Al-Qanawes DHO to send memos to WFP until the health facility was finally provided with adequate MAM therapeutic nutrition. However, in spite of the fact that malnourished cases were increasing, yet, the HC did not get further support by any entity or organization.
The Distribution Supervisor at ADO Nutrition Project, Mr. Abdul Rabbu Jailan confirms that Al-Makin and Abed health facilities in Al-Qanaws district still lack many health requirements. “There is still a gap in the health service in the area which requires the support of donors”, he continued. Actually, ADO has conducted a need assessment accordingly in the same year.

Abdul Rahman between disease and treatment

The child Abdul Rahman Musa: or as he likes to be called Aboud, at the age of 12, he was exposed to shrapnel as a result of the bombing that targeted the area he lives in in the district of Abs – Hajjah governorate – this shrapnel took out one of his eyes from its place, and with it the hearts of his parents. Also, after the case was monitored by the protection team in ADO, the case was contacted to receive treatment immediately, and all medical and psychological services were provided to him on one level.

Part of what he wished for was fulfilled for him, and part of his right was to return the smile back to him. He is still suffering from some health disorders and at the same time the organization is still following up on his health condition

Baby Sarah between hunger and fear

Sarah Ahmed Ali Sharif is an eight months child eight months to a father who is not exceeding 16 years old, during the awareness sessions in the mobile clinics of the emergency health services project, it appears that she suffers from nutritional deficiencies, almost non-existent immunity, and clothes that show a lack of care for the child. Some forms of verbal and physical violence are also practiced on the girl, due to her constant need for food. When the midwife sat with the mother, it was found that the mother was a minor and could not take care of the child, and she had no one to guide her on how to deal with the child. The mother continued to visit the mobile clinics with her child to train her on an almost daily basis and to measure the effectiveness of raising awareness of the situation. The improvement on the child and the happiness felt by her mother was noted.

Jarada and her colleague’s success story

Al-Manjoura and Al-Mahsam camps in Abs district, Hajjah governorate, where Jaradah and her female colleagues live. They were deprived of their childhood and the tenderness of their parents, and they were unable to continue their education as a result of shouldering the responsibilities and burdens of life and its worries during childhood, victims of that negative phenomenon (child marriage) that casts a shadow on society. Within the framework of the Child Protection in Emergency Project, Early Marriage Program, Economic Rehabilitation Courses (Sewing and Tailoring, Coiffure, Incense Making), which is held by the Abs Development Organization with the support of UNICEF. on their wishes. The first training day began on February 21, 2017, and the trainees did not know about the sewing machine except for its name. The suffering and harshness of life urged them to prove themselves in acquiring life skills that would enable them to live in dignity. Efforts were made to overcome the difficulties and draw a smile on their faces, by providing training needs, preparing the place, providing transportation to transport them, and a training staff with high skills and capabilities, and harnessing them to raise the efficiency of training. The training continued, day after day, starting with the definition of the parts of the machine, leading to mastery and excellence. On the nineteenth of March, the workshop was visited by the management of Al-Mithaq School in the isolation of Shafar in the district of Abs. The school administration was impressed with the talents and the training outputs and took the initiative to offer the trainees tailoring school uniforms (jackets) as their first job in return for a fee. The offer was accepted and 23 jackets were tailored for Al-Mithaq School. A smile was drawn on their face with the fulfillment of some of their ambitions.

Ahmed Saif Muhammad

Death may come suddenly without warning and without distinguishing between young and old. This rule was concluded by Ahmed Saif Muhammad after suffering from cholera. Ahmed is the only breadwinner for his family, as he wakes up in the morning to earn a living for them and returns home to provide them with the basic needs of his family. Ahmed lives in Al-Qanawes, an area that suffers greatly from poverty and destitution, and Ahmed’s family is only one of thousands of families living in this area, where poverty and disease spread as a natural result of the ignorance that prevails in it. Ahmed thinks a lot about changing his life and the life of his family and tries more. While he was at work one day, continuing to think and work at the same time about everything that occupies his mind and aspires to, cholera visited him as a heavy guest on his body, aiming to end his life in a painful way. Ahmed’s body asks for water. He feels very thirsty. He quickly responds to his body’s calls, and the situation turns against him, as he feels that his bowels have lost their cohesion and want to exit through his mouth. Ahmed entered the bathroom, surprised by what had suddenly happened to his body. Severe diarrhea and severe vomiting at the same time. Extreme exhaustion made the man unable to get out of the bathroom. Ahmed then realized that he was suffering from a disease that sought to kill him. The events of his life passed through his mind quickly, which made him wonder silently to himself, Am I on a date with death? The pain he felt at that moment, the exhaustion that suddenly befell him, all these feelings made one answer jump into his mind, Yes, Ahmed, you are on a date with death. My family, my parents, all those who depend on me for their livelihood… What will their fate be like? This was the only thing that Ahmed would think of if he died, then the scene ended for Ahmed at this moment, as he lost consciousness and passed out. Ahmed’s colleagues at work missed him. They asked about him. They searched desperately for the man. All evidence led them that Ahmed was in the bathroom. Why was he late when he was not used to it? They knocked on the door repeatedly, but no one answered. Finally, they decided to go to the bathroom, only to find Ahmed unconscious. Ahmed’s colleagues guessed that it was only cholera that did this and nothing else, so they carried him towards the health center of the Abs Organization in the area to save his life before cholera hijacked it. Ahmed’s colleagues arrived at the only health center in the area, which is run by the Abs Organization. Doctors and nurses received Ahmed at the health center and measured his vital signs. After conducting the necessary laboratory tests, the doctors realized that Ahmed was suffering from cholera and that it had taken control of him, so they only took all measures leading to saving his life, including intravenous injections of fluids to compensate for what his body had lost, in addition to medicines that contributed to his recovery and return him to his normal state. After all the procedures taken by the doctors and nurses, health returned to Ahmed’s features, the danger of cholera cleared from him, and consciousness returned to him again, so that Ahmed realized that life had given him another chance to live it, thanks to God, and then thanks to the health center affiliated with the Abs Organization. The doctor went back to examine Ahmed again, to make sure that the danger of cholera had passed from him, and that was indeed what happened. After that, the medical staff made Ahmed aware of the dangers of cholera and its symptoms in the event that someone close to him was infected, stressing the importance of quickly rescuing the patient to the health center.