22 April 2021 saw yet another preventable tragedy at sea with more than 100 people perishing in a single incident. DRC repeats its plea for the EU to commit to search and rescue in the Mediterranean and for expanding safe pathways to protection to avoid desperate crossings and countless deaths at sea.
In March, the civil war in Syria marked a sad ten-year anniversary. But despite the ongoing conflict and clear evidence of the dangers facing refugees who return, the Danish authorities have decided that the general security conditions in Damascus and the greater Damascus area have improved sufficiently that Syrian refugees in Denmark should return. As a result, so far more than 250 Syrians in Denmark have had their residence permits either withdrawn or not extended in the first instance by the Danish Immigration Service.
Only 26 hours of global military spending is enough to cover the $5.5 billion needed to help most at risk.
In light of two recent attacks on humanitarians in Ethiopia, DRC joins the Humanitarian International NGO (HINGOs) Forum and calls for the protection of all humanitarian aid workers and civilians to enable assistance to reach all people in need in Ethiopia.