The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.
In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.
Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.
hailand - The Government of Japan is committing USD 2.5 million to IOM in Thailand in response to IOM’s USD 26 million appeal to assist those affected by the migrant crisis in the Andaman Sea.
Japanese funding will provide for temporary shelter and non-food items (NFIs) such as blankets, clothes and hygiene kits, health and nutritional support and psychosocial support to stranded migrant men, women and children in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.
By Alisa Tang
BANGKOK, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes.
Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, June 25 2015, 8:37 AM
With experts unsure when to expect an end to the volcanic activity of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, the government has revealed a plan to build temporary houses for over 10,000 local people affected by the volcano’s eruptions.
“How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach.
Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand.
“Five months,” repeats the aid worker, holding up her own hand in unison.
The woman nods.
“And your age? How old are you?”
The woman flashes both hands three times.
“30?” the midwife repeats, imitating the young woman’s hand actions.
The woman nods.
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the international day in support of victims of torturen
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has over the past 15 years documented close to 3,000 cases of torture from Asia. Most of these cases are reported through AHRC's Urgent Appeals Programme by partner organisations working in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and Thailand.
Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Tue, June 23 2015, 7:14 PM
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has handed over Rp 6 billion (US$450,000) worth humanitarian aid for victims of Mount Sinabung’s eruptions.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chairman Syamsul Ma’arif handed over President Jokowi’s assistance directly to Karo regent Terkelin Brahmana in Kabanjahe, Karo regency, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.
Syamsul said the President’s assistance would be used to meet the basic needs of Sinabung refugees in Karo.
Adaptation and roll-out of IFRC’s Epidemic Control for Volunteer (ECV) Toolkit and Training Manual / Palang Merah Indonesia / 2015
Background Indonesia is one of the world’s most natural disasterprone countries. Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, landslides and volcanic activity pose a constant threat to the safety and wellbeing of millions of people living across the 13,700 islands of the archipelago.
86 disasters occurred with flood being the most common followed by landslide. Although Indonesia started transitioning from rainy to dry season in April, some part of the region still experineced a heavy raining which caused flooding. Hydrometeorological disasters are still the most frequent natural disasters in Indonesia during May 2015.
DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA DPR
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Thu, June 18 2015, 7:15 PM
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has asked relevant ministers to act swiftly to provide shelter or housing and jobs for people displaced by the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra.
The President said that of the 370 houses planned for displace people, only 130 had been built and the construction of other houses had to be expedited so that those living in the danger zone could move into the housing as soon as possible.
Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra | Archipelago | Sat, June 20 2015, 10:26 AM
Entering the Ramadhan fasting month, Muslim residents fleeing their homes in anticipation of the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, said they were struggling to perform the fast due to limited food supply and facilities provided for them at evacuation centers.
Berastagi, Indonesia | AFP | Sunday 6/21/2015 - 02:12 GMT
by Ardi Ibrahim
When Indonesian farmer Elfi Dalimunthe fled to safety last week as a volcano hurled hot ash and rocks across the sky, it marked the third time she was forced to abandon her home in recent years.
"I heard a loud booming sound and saw thick ash spewing out," the 30-year-old told AFP, recalling the terrifying eruptions which prompted her family to jump into a bus and onto a motorbike and rush to a temporary shelter.
Today we are faced with the highest numbers of refugees around the world and their situation is more critical than ever.
Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Saturday 6/20/2015 - 04:22 GMT
Japan on Saturday offered a $3.5 million to help the Rohingya boat people who have fled Myanmar where they faced severe discrimination.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan remained committed to helping national reconciliation efforts on various fronts in Asia, including between Myanmar's government and "ethnic minority groups".
The current Country Programme (CP) reflects Indonesia’s dynamic transformation from low income to middle income status and the challenges of ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable people escape the cycle of hunger and under nutrition as the country progresses economically. It also reflects the shift in WFP’s role from direct operational engagement to capacity building and supporting the government and communities to address hunger and nutrition challenges.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia | AFP | Thursday 6/18/2015 - 08:02 GMT
More than 200 Cambodian fishermen rescued from "slave-like conditions" on Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters returned home on Thursday, some after years of captivity, officials and victims said.
Some 230 fishermen who were trafficked to work on Thai fishing vessels in Indonesian waters have been rescued since May, according to a statement from the Cambodian foreign ministry.
Kuala Cangkoi, Indonesia | AFP | Thursday 6/18/2015 - 05:41 GMT
by Nurdin Hasan
Muhammad Yunus came ashore in Indonesia by accident after a harrowing boat journey -- but he and hundreds of other Rohingya migrants are delighted to be spending Islam's holiest month in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
The boat people in Aceh province are among thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants who arrived in countries across Southeast Asia in May after a Thai crackdown threw the people-smuggling trade into chaos and sparked a regional crisis.