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18 Jan 2017 description
report Fortify Rights

(YANGON, January 18, 2017)—More than 40 Myanmar-based civil society organizations today called for a “truly independent” international investigation into the situation in Rakhine State, where state-sponsored attacks against Rohingya Muslim civilians have escalated in recent months. Muslim and Buddhist communities in Rakhine State have faced human rights violations with impunity for decades.

17 Jan 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 2,876 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 15 January, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 23,664 through the first 14 days of January, 2016.

There have been 219 estimated deaths, compared with 91 during the first two weeks of 2015. This fatalities figure is considered low by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, which is investigating reports that surfaced over the weekend that would add at least 200 deaths to the total.

17 Jan 2017 description
report CARE

Aid organisation CARE International today issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.

The report, Suffering in Silence, features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.

16 Jan 2017 description

By KIMBERLEY PHILLIPS / DVB

Humanitarian access to tightly restricted villages in northern Maungdaw has been granted, coinciding with a visit to Arakan State by the United Nations human rights envoy that began on Friday.

12 Jan 2017 description

"We are expecting another long year"

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Some 800 migrants were plucked from flimsy rubber boats on Thursday, Italy's coast guard said, as Libya-based people smugglers took advantage of a window of good mid-winter weather to send them to sea.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

12 Jan 2017 description

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

On the sixth anniversary of the last case of wild poliovirus in the South-East Asia Region, World Health Organization commends countries in the Region for their continued efforts to protect children against this crippling virus and maintain the Region’s polio-free status, despite challenging conditions.

12 Jan 2017 description

Recent violence in Myanmar has forced an estimated 20,000 Rohingyas–a Muslim minority–to flee into Myanmar. Although this new refugee influx has alarmed the international community, the awful situation of Rohingya refugees is not new at all.

11 Jan 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In 2016, between January and November, 351,619 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea, risking their lives to reach Europe. These new arrivals are in addition to more than one million refugees and migrants who made the journey across the Mediterranean Sea on unseaworthy boats in 2015.

In 2016, the number of those arriving decreased substantially after March. Of those reaching European shores so far this year, 58% came from the ten countries currently producing the most refugees globally.

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11 Jan 2017 description
report Médicos del Mundo

La situación en Libia y el acuerdo entre la Unión Europea y Turquía la han convertido en el país europeo que más llegadas de migrantes recibe

***Los 25.000 menores no acompañados llegados en 2016, una de las grandes preocupaciones para las organizaciones que trabajan en la zona, como Médicos del Mundo**

11 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The South Asia region is prone to flooding, landslides, droughts and earthquakes, and faces a number of protracted conflicts and related internal and cross-border population displacement. By the end of March 2017, the refugee return crisis from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan – brought about by the obligatory or forced repatriation of Afghan refugees from both Pakistan and Iran to their country of origin – will affect an estimated 1.5 million people, 60 per cent of whom are children under 18.

11 Jan 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

A special diplomatic team from Myanmar will begin talks with their counterparts in Bangladesh on Wednesday in a bid to reduce growing tensions with the neighboring country over the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled there from Myanmar following violence that began in northern Rakhine state in early October.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kyaw Tin will lead the team which will return from Dhaka to Myanmar on Friday, said foreign affairs ministry spokeswoman Aye Aye Soe.

10 Jan 2017 description
report Pulitzer Center

Nikita Sampath

In Koyra number 6, a coastal hamlet bordering the Sundarbans in southwestern Bangladesh, a group of men unload barrels of water from their trawlers—50 drums holding 30 liters each. They announce their arrival by yelling. And word spreads. This is how this village gets their daily drink of water, from a town 15 kilometers (approx. 9 miles) away.

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10 Jan 2017 description

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IRAQ

Multiple bombings across Baghdad killed at least 111 civilians and injured 197 between 2 and 8 January in attacks mostly claimed by IS. In Anbar governorate, an offensive was launched to recapture IS-held territories, raising fears of displacement towards territories west of Ramadi, where access remains severely constrained. In Mosul, despite military advances in the eastern part of the city enabling limited aid deliveries, 700,000 are trapped and out of reach of humanitarian assistance in the west.

09 Jan 2017 description
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January 9th, 2017 ― Doha: Over the past three days, Qatar Red Crescent Society's (QRCS) medical mission to Bangladesh performed catheterization operations for 25 children with congenital heart problems, under the 11th version of its annual "Little Hearts" program.

The cases operated varied from holes in the atrium, ventricle, or artery to aortic stenosis.

Following the procedure, the kids are kept under observation for 24 hours. When the post-operation health stability is ensured, the patients are released from hospital.

07 Jan 2017 description

With the humanitarian situation drastically deteriorating in a number of countries and regions, the EU is releasing urgent assistance. A total of €28.7 million have been allocated to respond to the most pressing humanitarian needs in Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Egypt and Libya.

07 Jan 2017 description

173,008 Sea arrivals Jan-Nov 2016
144,205 Sea arrivals Jan-Nov 2015

Between 1 January and 30 November 2016, 173,008 persons arrived to Italy by sea, compared to 144,205 sea arrivals in the first eleven months of 2015. This represents a 20% increase compared to last year.