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09 Jan 2017 description

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.

06 Jan 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

13,581
Persons arriving by sea in November 2016.

173,008
Persons arriving by sea in 2016.

24,659
Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) arrived by sea in 2016.

4,699
Dead and missing at sea in 2016.

47%
Average EU protection rate of top nationalities arriving by sea in Italy.

176,671
Persons accommodated in reception centres.

06 Jan 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

The Myanmar government said it hopes to send a special diplomatic team led by the deputy foreign minister to Bangladesh later this month amid increasing tension with the neighboring country over the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar following violence that began in northern Rakhine state in early October.

05 Jan 2017 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

05 Jan 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

A Myanmar government-appointed commission investigating recent violence that has occurred in northern Rakhine state said it has found no cases of genocide or religious persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the wake of deadly border guard attacks in October.

The commission’s interim report on the situation in Rakhine was issued on Tuesday, days after a video surfaced showing policemen beating members of the Muslim group. Human rights experts criticized the report as an effort to put a gloss on atrocities and blunt international criticism.

04 Jan 2017 description
  • 139.7 M required for 2016

  • 45.1 M contributions received, representing 32% of requirements

  • 94.6 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

03 Jan 2017 description

This afternoon, Ambassador of Myanmar to Bangladesh Myo Myint Than was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to meet Ambassador Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Bilateral & Consular).

02 Jan 2017 description

Key Facts

2,300 Estimated number of UAC currently in Greece
based on referrals to EKKA (as of 28 December)

1,256 Total number of places available in UAC shelters
(filled, pending assigned cases as of 28 Dec., including 114 vacant places in the process to be filled)

1,443 Total number of UAC on waiting list for shelter
(as of 28 December) including:
•309 in closed reception facilities
•15 in protective custody

02 Jan 2017 description
report Voice of America

Maaz Hussain

Authorities in Dhaka have demanded that Myanmar repatriate tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who crossed the border to escape what they say is persecution, and are now living illegally in Bangladesh.

Myanmar says it will accept a small fraction of the refugee population now in Bangladesh, but the Rohingya themselves say they are unwilling to go back to Myanmar's Rakhine state. Refugee community leaders are appealing to "Rohingya-friendly" countries to take them in.

01 Jan 2017 description

INTRODUCTION: ASSESSING THE INDEX

By Derek Verbakel and Marie Pavageau Research staff, IPCS

31 Dec 2016 description

Author: Ann Moey, Head of Communications, IUCN Asia with contribution from Anushae Parakh, Programme Assistant for Mangroves for the Future

Near the Sundarbans, home to the largest mangrove forest in the world, Promila makes her living by making mats out of a grass-like wetlands plant called ‘reed’. Depending on size, these mats are sold at US$1 to $7 through a community enterprise established by Promila and her friends.

30 Dec 2016 description

Myanmar has for decades said Rohingyas are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and it has declined to grant them citizenship

By Shwe Yee Saw Myint

YANGON, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Myanmar said on Friday it will take back 2,415 citizens from Bangladesh, only a tiny fraction of the 300,000 people who Bangladesh says are Myanmar citizens taking refuge there and should go home.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

30 Dec 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

A third Muslim man whom the Myanmar government said had worked closely with local administrative officials in restive northern Rakhine state has been found dead in violence-ridden Maungdaw township, the State Counselor’s Office announced on Wednesday.

Authorities are investigating the murder of the man who was a former ward administrator in Badakar village and had been working with local authorities on regional development activities, the announcement said.

29 Dec 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    Saint Martin

29 Dec 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s Rakhine state parliament criticized state government leaders on Wednesday for not showing up to discuss an investigation commission’s report on deadly border guard station attacks in October and subsequent violence in the northern part of the state.

The state-level investigation commission submitted a report to Rakhine lawmakers on Tuesday, saying that the October attack and ensuing clashes were planned by Muslim militants who wanted to occupy Buthidaung, Maungdaw, and Rathedaung townships, where many of the country’s stateless Rohingya Muslim minority group live.