Armed conflict in Kaduqli – What happened to residents who once lived in the same community

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (June 11, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki /A. Taguchi] In mid-May, an armed conflict broke out between Arabic herders called Hawazma and a Nuba ethnic group referred to as Angolo, in which at least 26 people died and left many wounded. Many civilians including a two-year-old boy and two of JVC staff’s relatives became victims. JVC had long been supporting the people who evacuated from the conflict between the government of Sudan and anti-government forces in 2011. The region where those people live was also recently severely damaged. There is tension in the atmosphere: violent attacks with rifles and rockets, destruction of houses and…

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Changes in the lives and voices of the local people under COVID-19 pandemic in JVC’s project site, Kaduqli

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (May 7, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki /A. Taguchi] In the previous blog, I wrote mostly about the influence of COVID-19 in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, but in this blog, I am going to tell you about the situation in Kaduqli one of JVC’s project sites. Influence of COVID-19 As of May 6th, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in South Kordofan which has Kaduqli as the state capital. However, the state was left behind from growth and development by the government and had been affected by conflicts for a very long time. Because of this, the medical standards in Kaduqli are…

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Announcement of the reopening of the JVC Tokyo office from June 8th

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, we have temporarily closed our Tokyo office until May 31st. On May 25th, the Japanese Government lifted the emergency declaration and the number of newly infected persons has been decreasing. Considering these situations, we have decided to reopen our office from June 8th by combining it with our remote working system. You can make donations and shop on our website as usual, but it may take time for the following procedures due to the limited manpower: Dispatching of documents or goods from JVC such as the issuance of receipt and materials. Response to postal mail or FAX to JVC such as…

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Changes in the lives and voices of the local people under COVID-19 pandemic in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan

[Original by Ko IMANAKA, Sudan Project (May 7, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki/A. Taguchi] The COVID-19 global pandemic has now reached Sudan. By today (May 6th), the number of infected persons and the number of those who died have reached 852 and 49, respectively. I will report on the current status of infection, the government’s countermeasures, and the opinions/situation coming from the city. Trends in the number of infected persons and the government’s drastic action The speed of action of the Sudanese government is much faster than that of the Japanese government. To prevent clusters of infection, many countries in Africa including Sudan are taking forceful measures at an early…

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Report about urgent aids for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) @ Cambodia

[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (May 7, 2020); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/M. Olagoke] I am Mariko Omura, the JVC Cambodia Office Representative. I continue to work remotely from Japan in concert with the staff in Cambodia. For more than 3 weeks, no new COVID-19 infections! The Cambodian Ministry of Health reported on May 4 that there has been no new infected person since April 13 up till today. The total number of cases is 122 with 120 recovered and 2 still remaining in hospital. Most infections were imported. I really hope the decreasing trend will continue. A survey in our operation villages and the results Currently, the local staff…

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In Response to the New Coronavirus Epidemic: Status of our Activity Areas and Message to Everyone (April 24, 2020)

To everyone who has always supported JVC’s activities in various ways. We know that you are worried because of the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). We sincerely hope for the safety of all of you and your loved ones. On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to express my gratitude to all those who, even under these circumstances, have sent their words of sympathy to the staff and expressed their support by saying, “We support you in times like these.” Thank you so much for sharing your sympathy with JVC and the people of the world during this difficult time. JVC is concerned that, in addition to…

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A follow-up report about the COVID-19 Prevention Campaign in Afghanistan!

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (April 9, 2020); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/A. Taguchi] As I have written in my previous article, YVO, our partner organization in Afghanistan, has launched an activity to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection. In Afghanistan, Herat Province, which borders Iran has the largest number of cases, followed by Kabul, the capital. Nangarhar Province, our operation site, has recorded only a few confirmed cases, but the situation is unpredictable because there are patients who haven’t yet been tested, and hygiene and medical facilities in the region are scarce and difficult to access. The villagers who take part in the volunteer work for the prevention activities…

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YVO, our partner organization in Afghanistan, has started prevention activities against the spread of COVID-19 infection!

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (April 2, 2020); Translated by J. Tsuchiya/A. Taguchi] On the 1st of April, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Afghanistan has seen 196 cases of COVID-19 and 5 deaths nationwide. It is urgent to prevent the spread of the infection. Especially in rural areas far from big cities, people bear more psychological burdens because they have less access to information. Many people are very anxious that they might be infected. Afghanistan faces a high risk from a pandemic, especially because the long-standing conflicts have prevented the country from organizing public health and sanitation. It also has a border with Iran which is reported…

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A daughter’s dream, a mother’s dream – Voices of the first graduates from the literacy classroom –

[Original by Maki KATO, Afghanistan Project (March 10, 2020); Translated by K. Adachi/M. Olagoke] JVC works for the educational activities in Afghanistan together with a local partner organization YVO. Men and women over 15 years old learn reading and writing of a local major language; Pashto, and mathematics for 9 months. They aim for the educational level equivalent to the third grade of public elementary schools in Afghanistan. We have a system to cooperate with whole villages, where villagers also participate in selecting teachers and the location of classrooms. What is unique to this is that we do not call teachers from outside but select them from among villagers. This…

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