The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 13

along with helpful background informa-
career of an O ce Management Special-
ist. With her husband retired and her
daughter out of college, Gwen uses the
blog to update family and friends on what
is happening in her new life as a Foreign
Service Specialist.
is written by a Foreign
Service Specialist currently at her second
post, in London, with her husband, her
preschool-aged son and her “unruly tabby
cat,” after two years in Belize.
is co-authored
by two Foreign Service Specialists to
update their family and friends on their
lives in Phnom Penh. Jeremy and Erica
have two additional blogs,
Home Leave
Files: Tales from Visits Back to the U.S.
Our African Home: Tales from Nai-
robi, Kenya.
is a newly
engaged Foreign Service Specialist of six
years, who “became a diplomat quite
by accident” and writes about her life in
the Foreign Service while planning her
dream wedding.
is written by a Secu-
rity Engineering O cer who has served
in many countries around the world and
traveled to many others providing secu-
rity services to U.S. missions overseas.
Are you a specialist who has a blog?
Let us know! Email your blog to fsblogs@, and we will add it to the list.
Cecilia Dazovi,
Communications Intern
U.N. Declares
Four Countries in
“Level 3 Emergency”
or the rst time in decades, the United
Nations has declared four of the
world’s humanitarian crises
” the most dire rating the organiza-
tion can assign.
e four are Syria, South
Sudan, the Central African Republic and
Iraq, the latter added to the list on Aug. 14.
e “Level 3” designation facilitates
“mobilization of additional resources in
goods, funds and assets to ensure a more
e ective response to the humanitarian
needs of populations a ected by forced
displacement,” according to Nickolay
Mladenov, special representative of the
United Nations Secretary General.
e Inter-Agency Standing Commit-
tee, a team of U.N. and nongovernmental
humanitarian organizations, is responsi-
ble for making the determination, which
is given to countries experiencing civil
unrest that causes the displacement or
removal of thousands of people. Unlike
natural disasters, con icts put humani-
tarian workers in the cross re, making
relief e orts that much more di cult.
Iraq became a particular concern
after the situation on Sinjar Mountain
escalated and thousands of Yazidi
families were trapped on the mountain
without water, nourishment or any form
of sanitation as “Islamic State” ghters
surrounded them. Despite numerous
Department of Defense airdrops over a
weeklong period in August, 1.5 million
Iraqis are in need of humanitarian help,
according to the U.S. Agency for Interna-
tional Development.
USAID estimates that 10.8 million
people are in need of humanitarian assis-
tance in Syria; 2.5 million in the Central
African Republic, with 900,000 more
displaced; and 1.1 million displaced in
South Sudan.
“ is is the rst time in our agency’s
history that we have been called on to
manage four large-scale humanitarian
responses at once—in addition to reach-
ing other vulnerable populations world-
wide and preparing communities ahead
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