We would like to invite you to a special briefing for the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on International Development at 2pm on Monday 1st March by the Disasters Emergency Committee to update on its global Coronavirus Appeal. The DEC will be sharing a new report, ‘Breaking Point’ – which highlights the deepening crisis faced by the world’s most fragile states - those already being helped through the ongoing Coronavirus Appeal launched last July.
The report will reveal what the year ahead holds for the world’s most fragile states – Yemen and Syria in the Middle East; Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Africa; Afghanistan in Asia – and the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. It will detail the acute impact of the virus so far and the huge knock on effects of widespread lockdowns on health services and other basic humanitarian needs such as food and clean water.
The Chief Executive of the DEC, Saleh Saeed OBE, will give an overview of the report and answer questions and also a representative from World Vision, one of our DEC members working in Syria, who will update us on the current humanitarian crisis in the North West of the country and the complex challenges of providing urgent relief.