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Personnel: Kees Zevenbergen appointed new Program Director of Malteser International

Cologne. As of April 1, 2024, Kees Zevenbergen (63) will take over the position of Program Director at Malteser International. Born in the Netherlands, he is a proven expert in international development cooperation: in addition to working in various countries in Africa and Asia, he has held both advisory and management positions for international non-governmental organizations as well as for actors in the government and private sector. Most recently, Kees Zevenbergen was CEO of the Dutch Christian organization Cordaid.

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Unrest in Haiti: "Our Work is Becoming More Challenging, but We Remain on the Ground"

Cologne/Port-au-Prince. In the wake of the resignation of Haiti's interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry, violence in Haiti has intensified. Gangs have largely seized power in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and are engaging in acts of rape, kidnapping, murder, and terror against the populace. According to the United Nations, approximately 362,000 people are internally displaced within Haiti. "Our work is becoming increasingly challenging every day, but we at Malteser International are committed to staying on the ground and supporting the people," says Yolette Etienne, Partner and Programme Coordinator of Malteser International in Port-au-Prince.

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South Sudan: Malteser International provides refugees from Sudan with clean drinking water

Cologne/Wau. More than eight million people have fled Sudan since the beginning of the war around eleven months ago. The majority of them live as refugees in their own country, but almost 600,000 are now seeking protection in the neighboring country of South Sudan. In the northern district of Western Bahr el Ghazal, Malteser International has repaired more than a dozen wells to provide around 7,000 people with drinking water. The Federal Foreign Office is supporting Malteser International in its emergency aid.

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Violence escalates in eastern DR Congo

Cologne/Ariwara. Following the recent attacks by the militant group M23 on the town of Sake, 25 kilometres from the provincial capital of Goma, the situation for refugees in the region is worsening. In addition, refugee camps have also been attacked in recent days and people can no longer feel safe there either. More than 500,000 displaced people are already living in Goma because they are seeking protection there. In the past few days alone, around 135,000 people have arrived. Many of them are children.

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