We request a ceasefire and realization of peace in Syria on the occasion of concerned military action in the Idlib governorate

Statement by Japanese NGOs 6th September 2018 We are NGOs working in the Middle East including Jordan, Iraq, and Palestine and have been implementing humanitarian aids for the people who are forced to live under difficult situations due to conflicts and civil wars. Having witnessed the serious harm inflicted upon innocent citizens by the military actions of countries such as the United States and Russia, as well as by the government of Syria and other military bodies, we have made statement emphasizing that military reciprocation only hinders peace and resolution. Military tension is highly increasing in the Idlib governorate in the northwestern Syria. Anti-governmental armed bodies, which were defeated in…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (6)

– Education to children and aid of school supplies – [Original by Takaki IMAI, Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (March 6, 2018); Translated by K. Adachi] I went to Juba in South Sudan on November 23, 2017, listened to the internally displaced people in refugee camps, and gave medical and educational aid. I will report the local situations and our activities in this series, “The Diary from South Sudan.” The 13th day: 5th of December (Tuesday) Distribution of school supplies and sanitary goods at Camp 2 Today we are going to distribute school supplies in Mangaten refugee Camp 2. We began at 8 o’clock in the morning when…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (5)

– Interview to women in the camps – [Original by Takaki IMAI, Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (February 28, 2018); Translated by K. Adachi] The 10th day: 2nd of December (Saturday) Discussion with refugee women in Mangaten Camp 1 In this trip, we are planning to have a discussion aiming for the support of improvement of living conditions as well as the implementation of support for entering school. First of all, we visited Mangaten Camp 1 and conducted the following discussion with 5 women. <How to procure the food?> First of all, we asked them whether there is food for today and tomorrow in the tent, and how…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (4)

– Life in a tent and the Mangaten domestic refugee camp – [Original by Takaki IMAI, Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (December 14, 2017); Translated by K. Adachi] The 8th day: 30th of November (Thursday) Obtained the certificate from South Sudan Relief Restoration Committee (RRC) for distribution of school supplies. The headquarters of RRC is located in the area of the ministries and government offices, such as treasury ministries, which stand in a row in the center of Juba. NGOs are required to receive the approval from RRC for every kind of “goods distribution” or “goods transport,” not only limited to emergency relief. However, RRC approval provides two…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (3)

– Support of medical supplies such as medicines for malaria to the Gumbo clinic – [Original by Takaki IMAI, Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (December 8, 2017); Translated by K. Adachi] I went to Juba in South Sudan on November 23, 2017, listened to the internally displaced people in refugee camps, and gave medical and educational aid. I will report the local situations and our activities in this series, “The Diary from South Sudan.” The 6th day: 28th of November (Tuesday) Support of medical supplies to the Gumbo clinic I went to the Gumbo clinic and had a meeting with Dr. Remo. We selected which medical supplies were…

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A NEW PROJECT STARTED IN LAOS

Original by Shigeru KIMURA, Laos Project (July 12, 2018); Translated by M. Takahashi] On April 26, 2018, a signing ceremony of MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was held for the new project, which JVC has applied to the Laotian government since last year. The ceremony gave practical permission to the project. We held briefings for administrative officers in Atsaphangthong district on July 21st, and in Phine district on July 22nd, which marked the start of our activities in the fields. In the morning, we had presentations with slides for the deputy governor and agricultural chief manager of the districts. In the afternoon, we had a workshop to train the staff in…

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INTERVIEW WITH A PEACE YARD FACILITATOR

[Ghamra RIFAI, Iraq Project (July 12, 2018)] On July 12th, 2018 I had a video call interview with Miss Shelan Serwan, a facilitator of the Peace Yard of our Iraq project. We chatted about her life, her dreams, and her work with the children. At 40 °C degrees temperature, despite the power outages and the scorching heat Shelan started the video call with a big smile. When I asked her about herself, she said, “I’m from Baghdad, Kurdish, but my Kurdish is not that good, I speak better Arabic than Kurdish. I was born in 1994 and raised in Baghdad until 2007 when the sectarian confrontation between Sunni and Shia…

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JVC’s Approach to the ProSAVANA Project

[Original (June 5, 2018); Translated by M. Kanai/J. Hills] Since 2013, JVC has been committed to activities of advocacy against the ProSAVANA project, one of many Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects led by the Japanese government. What is ProSAVANA? Officially called the “Program of Triangular Cooperation for the Agricultural Development of the Tropical Savannah in Mozambique”, ProSAVANA is an ODA project co-managed by Japan, Brazil, and Mozambique. This largescale agricultural development project covers an area of approximately 14 million hectares (more than three times the cultivated land area in Japan) in the northern provinces of Mozambique. The ProSAVANA project was born out of the success of projects undertaken by Japan…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (2)

– Hearing in the Mangaten domestic refugee camp – [Original by Takaki IMAI Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (December 6, 2017); Translated by K. Adachi] I went to Juba in South Sudan on November 23, 2017, listened to the internally displaced people in refugee camps, and gave medical and educational aid. I will report the local situations and our activities in this series, “The Diary from South Sudan.” In this post, I report the activities on the 3rd and the 5th day of the stay (the 4th day is skipped because it was a Sunday). The 3rd day: 25th of November (Saturday) At the Mangaten domestic refugee Camp…

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THE DIARY FROM SOUTH SUDAN (1)

– People are still waiting for international aid – [Original by Takaki IMAI, Manager for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace-Building Group (December 5, 2017); Translated by K. Adachi] I went to Juba in South Sudan on November 23, 2017, listened to the internally displaced people in refugee camps, and gave medical and educational aid. I will report the local situations and our activities in this series, “The Diary from South Sudan.” The 1st day: 23rd of November (Thursday) Arrival in Juba When I got off the plane, local young guys who are not even airport staffs cut into around immigration counter for entry procedures and I was violently jostled. They appear…

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