Ettie Higgins works to deliver lifesaving assistance to children and babies caught up in the violence across Syria. She tells of the ongoing battle to survive in almost impossible conditions faced by families.
The one-year anniversary of the death of young journalist Bassel Shehadeh, who was killed in a shelling attack by Syrian government forces, will be marked by a worldwide commemoration of his life and work.
35 per cent of Irish teens have taken drugs; 1 in 5 sixteen year olds have had sex; and 89 per cent of teens say their parents know they drink, according to two new Unicef reports that are published this week.
Today Pakistani officials are meeting with members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, to review the country’s budget and establish the best course of action.
So far 1,600 people have been killed and 16.8 million affected by the catastrophe. Speaking on RTÉ radio on Sunday, Pakistan’s ambassador to Ireland, Naghmana Hashmi, warned that the consequences of the disaster are extremely grave.
Hashmi said that millions of people are certain to die without help. She pointed out that children are likely to be the worst hit victims, as their young bodies are most vulnerable to injury, malnutrition, and disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that diseases are spreading in affected areas, with cholera causing a wave of deaths.
Cholera is water-borne disease that causes severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly given. It will be a major cause of death in Pakistan without fresh drinking water being delivered to survivors.
The UN has aid that it has so far raised almost 70% of the $460m (€363m) it has appealed for, and added that they received more in the second week after the disaster than the first, which is very unusual.
This video from Al Jazeera shows the devastation and chaos caused by the flooding:
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