Monthly Archives: January 2012

Syria Chaos claims ICRC Aid Official
(Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news)

SYRIA- Local Syrian NGOs along with International ones condemned late on Wednesday the killing of Secretary General of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Dr. Abdel Razaq Jbeiro and a Christian priest the Rev. Basilious Nasser on Wednesday.

Syrian Arab Red Crescent Dr. Jbeiro was shot dead Wednesday as he travelled outside the capital Damascus in a clearly marked vehicle, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

Doctor Abd-al-Razzaq Jbeiro, also head of the Red Crescent branch in the northern town of Idlib, was on the highway to Idlib from Damascus after attending meetings at Red Crescent headquarters, the agency said in a statement.

“Regardless of the circumstances, the ICRC condemns this very severely,” Beatrice Megevand-Roggo, head of ICRC operations for the Near and Middle East, told Reuters in Geneva.

In a statement expressing shock at the killing, the International Committee of the Red Cross called on “all those involved in the violence” to spare Red Cross and Red Crescent staff members.

“The exclusively humanitarian aim of the Red Crescent and Red Cross is to bring aid in a fully impartial and neutral manner to people in need,” the statement said.

She added that the “lack of respect for medical services” remained a major issue in Syria.

“The president of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Dr. AbdulRahman al-Attar, said that he has “officially requested the Syrian authorities to launch an investigation into the death of Dr. Jbeiro,” the ICRC said in a statement.

Syria official media reported Wednesday “The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) denounced the assassination of head of Red Crescent Branch in Idleb Dr. Abdel Razaq Jbeiro, who was gunned down by armed terrorist group on Wednesday in Khan Shekhoun.”

Syrian state television blamed “terrorists” for the killing, saying he had been “assassinated” in Khan Sheikhoun district.

State-run SANA news agency added “A statement issued by the three organizations said that the news of Dr. Jbeiro’s death was a great shock, pointing out that Jbeiro was on his way back to work after the conclusion of meetings held in Damascus, and that he was in a car clearly carrying the distinct logo and symbol of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.”

Dr. Jbeiro, born in 1945, had also previously worked as director of Idlib hospital.

Megevand-Roggo, who had just returned from a two-week trip to Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, told Reuters that checkpoints and harassment in Syria prevented ambulances and medical workers from evacuating and treating the wounded, some of whom have died as a result.

“It is very difficult for the wounded, notably those among the opposition forces, to get access to necessary medical care. It is difficult for medical personnel to do their work without being under pressure,” she said. “Lives have been lost.”

“There have been repeated incidents where Red Crescent ambulances have been shot at, our volunteers have been wounded. Their work is very dangerous,” she added to Reuters.

“Protests started out as non-violent but today the situation is one of widespread violence in the country because many arms are circulating and many people use them, Megevand-Roggo said.

“Our access remains fairly random, we cannot go places with any regularity or frequency, some areas are more problematic than others,” she said. “We’d like to develop a more regular and frequent presence in affected areas, including rural zones.”

The ICRC started visiting prisoners in Syria for the first time last September, including the central prison in Damascus.

But it has been unable to carry out further visits to detention centers due to a disagreement with Syrian authorities over the ICRC’s standard terms, she said.

“The dialogue is difficult, we are in a situation of stagnation regarding the possibility for us to resume our activities and visit other detention centers,” she said.

ICRC terms worldwide include the right to interview prisoners privately about their treatment and conditions of detention and to make follow-up visits.

Syrian authorities say that more than 5,000 detainees were released under Bashar’s latest amnesty this month, although activists say this still leaves many thousands more behind bars.

“There are certainly several thousand detainees. We have very little information on the situation,” Megevand-Roggo said. “The most urgent thing is to be able to tell families where their loved ones are being held and to facilitate contact between them.”

The ICRC is the only international agency deploying aid workers in Syria. A local Red Crescent volunteer was killed and three others were injured in the flashpoint city of Homs last September when an ambulance came under heavy fire.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in a 10-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad`s regime, the United Nations said last month.

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Corruption, rape blight lives of Somali displaced

This article is part of an AlertNet special report on humanitarian aid:

By Abdi Sheikh

MOGADISHU (AlertNet) – Nurto Isak’s food rations are feeding her, her three children, and — she suspects — the militiamen guarding the camp in Mogadishu where she and other uprooted Somalis have taken refuge.

The city is host to more than 180,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) who, like Isak, have fled a killer combination of conflict, drought and hunger back home.

Many risk long, difficult journeys to reach the capital, their sights set on the numerous aid agencies that have set up relief operations to hand out food and treat malnutrition there.

Yet many people at various IDP settlements in the war-torn city complain that food aid is not reaching them and accuse local aid workers working for international and Somali NGOs of taking it to line their own pockets.

“Half of the rations intended for our camp is given to the warlord whose militia are said to be guarding us,” Isak told AlertNet, a humanitarian news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Many of the displaced said women were being raped in camps, while others lamented a lack of jobs, health clinics and schools despite the increased presence of aid groups.

Six months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia, the Horn of Africa country remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis with 4 million people in need of aid, according to U.N. figures.

However, fighting between government forces and Islamist rebels, combined with attacks on aid workers and a history of aid being manipulated for political gain, means Somalia is one of the toughest countries for relief agencies to operate in.

As such, it is a classic case study of the obstacles to effective aid as highlighted in an AlertNet poll of 41 leading relief agencies.

In the survey, more than half the experts cited increasingly complex disasters as one of the biggest challenges to aid delivery — with the use of aid as a political weapon and violence against relief workers also featuring highly.

Last month two staff working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were shot dead by a colleague in Mogadishu, while earlier this month the International Committee of the Red Cross suspended food distribution to 1.1 million people after al Shabaab rebels blocked deliveries to its areas under the militant group’s control.

“This is one of the most complex environments for humanitarians,” said U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, in response to claims by displaced people that food rations were being sold by local aid workers.

“Despite continued efforts to strengthen our monitoring systems, allegations still and will continue,” he said in a statement to AlertNet. “Each allegation is taken very seriously; investigations are conducted and, where necessary, programmes are adjusted. We always raised concerns about gate keepers who seem to control all assistance targeting IDPs.”


Some of the IDP camps — little more than a clutch of flimsy shelters made of sticks and cloth — are directly and indirectly run by government forces or warlords linked to the government, residents say.

Shukri Aden, a resident at another camp, said she had witnessed traders buying food supplies directly from a number of local staff working for NGOs and aid agencies responsible for distributing food in her camp.

“Traders park their cars and lorries beside the camp when it is food distribution day,” the mother of six said.

Once a month residents of the camps are handed a card that allows them to collect 25 kg of rice, 25 kg of wheat flour, 10 kg of sugar and 5 litres of cooking oil, Aden said.

But often they are pressured into handing their rations to a local aid worker who pays them around $5 each — hardly enough to buy food for a day.

The aid worker then sells the food at a marked-up price to a trader, earning thousands of dollars in profits, she said.

“They give us cards to take food but we rarely receive the ration,” said Aden, who has taken to begging and washing clothes to scrape together a few more shillings to feed her family.


A few miles away in Dinsoor IDP camp, Kadija Mohamed, 36, told AlertNet she was raped.

“Three armed men in government uniform came into the camp. The strongest one shone a powerful torch in my eyes, he strangled me and then raped me in front of my crying kids,” she said.

Mohamed, a widow, said she waited for sunrise before making her way to a nearby clinic only to be told there were no doctors.

“Later the camp leaders brought me some painkillers. Now I’m OK but I do not know what diseases I caught from the rape. I have nowhere to go for a check-up,” Mohamed said. “We live in these makeshift shelters. We have no aid agency or government to protect us at night. We are at God’s mercy.”

Isak also said rape was common in her camp.

“They rape even mothers at gunpoint at night — and we are threatened to death should we disclose it,” she said. “The makeshift shelters have no lockable doors, so these men just come in at night and lie on you.”

In its Jan 18 report, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said sexual violence against women and girls was continuing in Somalia. It also said security in the IDP settlements was insufficient and at risk of deteriorating.


Mohamed’s brother, Macalim Ibrahim, 40, reserved his biggest criticism for government officials and local aid workers.

“These local aid workers are building houses with the sale of food intended for the poor displaced people like us,” he told AlertNet. “We are deprived and yet have no government or aid agencies to ask for help.”

He also questioned the effectiveness of some of the aid that has been given.

“Many NGOs come, take our photos, and never come back. For example, one aid agency came and erected this school building made of iron sheets,” Ibrahim said.

“We brought our kids to the school but it did not work more than 7 days. The guys took footage of the kids at school and never came back. And the teachers disappeared.

“Other aid agencies came and built these latrines. That is good but a hungry man never goes to the toilet. We need food and water to survive,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Katy Migiro in Nairobi; Writing by Katie Nguyen; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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Volunteering – A Great Way To Learn Real Executive Leadership

One of the most powerful ways for younger managers to understand and experience the type of leadership needed for the C-Suite is to do volunteer work early in their careers. This is because the type of leadership at the top is akin to being a leader of volunteers, it is not about carrots and sticks but about persuasion and getting people to grasp and follow your vision.

A very good articles forward to me by Ashraff Abdul Rahman, Mycorps.

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Mari taja sebuah keluarga anak yatim setiap bulan

Mari sertai kami menaja sebuah keluarga anak yatim setiap bulan…

Kalau ada pertanyaan atau persoalan… sila hubungi saya di


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menjaring ikan di Pantai Sepat, pantai merbahaya

Aku habiskan masa cuti tahun baru Cina dengan balik kampung isteri aku di Kampung Penor, Kuantan, Pahang. Aku senang sekali balik kampung isteri aku kerana suami adik ipar aku yang sorang lagi, si Kamal juga ada minat cam aku, tangkap ikan… pakai jaring ke pakai pancing ke tak kisahlah.. janji dapat ikan.

Cuma kali ni, laut bergelora dan air pasang lain macam sikit… tapi taklah seteruk masa awal tahun hari tu, masa air pasang besar… pada hari Ahad (22hb Januari) kami pergi lepas solat Asar dan balik dekat nak Isyak. Ikan tak adalah banyak mana pun…

Esoknya, kami dapati dalam akhbar ada cerita 2 budak mati lemas di Pantai Sepat, Kuantan… tempat kami menjaring nie tak lah jauh mana dari tempat tu, dalam 5km je.. dan masa kejadian tu kami tengah rancak menjaring lah tu..

Hari Isnin, aku bawak anak-anak main tepi pantai je, aku tak kasi jejak kat air langsung… frust anak-anak aku, dalam jam 6petang, aku dapat info kat tempat yang sama ada sorang lagi budak mati lemas kat situ… mak aiii… tak de siapa ke yang boleh bertanggungjawab?

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Gong Xi Fa Cai – Selamat Tahun Naga (air)

My Chinese friend told me this year will be a very cold year, many disasters based on water will emerge… Hopefully with our consistent prayer, those disasters wouldnt happen here in Malaysia.

Wallahualam, Shahrul Peshawar

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NGO Warga Kilang… support this group

Aku suka promote kerja kebajikan orang lain agar kita boleh jadikan iktibar, contohi mereka, tanamkan azam nak buat macam mereka buat, berkerjasama dengan diaorang, bantu diaorang atau paling tidak bagitahu orang lain apa yang diaorang nie buat…

Kalau korang boleh sumbang botol kicap pun dah bagus (tapi bukan botol kosong atau satu botol je) bagilah satu dozen… besar sikit pahala tu…

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR – mari kita berlumba-lumba kearah kebaikan (fastabiqul khairat)

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