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World + 11 others
Disasters - Virtual Issue on Refugees and the Displaced

To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, this special issue of Disasters features a selection of the most relevant and original articles about refugee and displacement issues published by the journal over the past 35 years.

These articles provide a rich source of informed thinking on humanitarian responses to the needs of populations fleeing persecution, war and disaster, with much to contribute to our understanding of refugee and displacement crises past, present and future.

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Joint Humanitarian and Early Recovery Update June 2011 - Report #33


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Bangladesh + 11 others
Asia Pacific Food Situation Update - May-June 2011

Food prices will remain high into 2012

Although the FAO Global Food Price Index registered a slight decline during the month of May, the Organization forecast that food prices will remain high for the rest of this year and into 2012, according to the half-year Food Outlook report released in early June.

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Afghanistan + 7 others
Bridging the Accountability Gap: New Approaches to Addressing Violations Against Children in Armed Conflict

Executive Summary

Across the globe, a dramatic gap exists between efforts and outcomes in realizing accountability for grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict. This report illustrates the “accountability gap” and presents practical opportunities for advancing efforts to achieve more effective accountability.

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Chad + 2 others
IDP News Alert, 1 July 2011

To see this news alert with links to sources, click here

In this News Alert...

  • Yemen: Growing humanitarian crisis for IDPs in south

  • Sri Lanka: More than 220,000 still displaced

  • Chad: Prospects of greater security for internally displaced children and adults

Yemen: Growing humanitarian crisis for IDPs in south

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Expenditure Patterns of Cash-for-Work versus Non Cash-for-Work Households within a Food Security Context


This report is the result of a household spending survey conducted within the framework of a USAID-funded Cash-for-Work (CFW) project. The project was implemented by the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and People in Need (PIN) between July 2010 and March 2011 in Madhu, Mannar Town, Musali DS Divisions (Mannar District), Maritimepattu DS Division (Mullaitivu District) and Karachchi DS Division (Kilinochchi District). The project targeted 7,000 households with cash transfers of 30,000 LKR.

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Community Livelihoods in Conflict-Affected Areas Project (Third Additional Financing)

World Bank

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 - The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved the following project:

IDA Credit: $10 million

Terms: Maturity = 20 years; Grace = 10 years

Project ID: P125855

Program Description: The objective of the project is to help conflict- and/or flood-affected communities and villages in North, East, and the adjoining areas by restoring their livelihoods, enhancing agricultural production and incomes, and building their capacity for sustainable social and economic reintegration.


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Simple equation: clean water + clean hands = good health

Mahieash Johnney in Sri Lanka

Following a disaster, National Societies often discover that small changes in a community can have the largest impact. This is especially the case when taking the hygiene and sanitation messages to communities devastated by the 2004 Asian tsunami. In Sri Lanka, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and its partner National Societies have been involved in bringing clean water to thousands of people in the final part of a comprensive water and sanitation programme.

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Cambodia + 4 others
Regional Analysis: Male–female differences in the number of reported incident dengue fever cases in six Asian countries

Volume 2, Issue 2, April to June 2011

Dengue: Lessons, Challenges and New Approaches


Introduction. Demographic factors, such as age and sex, are associated with the likelihood of exposure to Aedes aegypti, the vector for dengue. However, dengue date disaggregated by both sex and ageare not routinely reported or analyzed by national surveillance systems. This study analysed the reported number of incident dengue cases by age and sex for six countries in Asia.

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252.48 kilometres of challenges, obstacles, hard work and success

Mahieash Johnney in Sri Lanka

Acres and acres of green paddy fields welcome us and we drive along the road from Ampara to Pottuvil in Eastern Sri Lanka. The road is full of men and women travelling on bicycles and farmers herding water buffaloes; sights common to this part of the island.

As a journalist, I travelled the same route in mid-2005 but the scenery was very different then.

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Further drop in IDPs

Only 14, 725 to be resettled

The total number of IDPs is now reduced to 14, 725 with the Government's expedited resettlement process. This number includes 13 566 IDPs in Menik Farm Relief Village and 1, 159 IDPs in Jaffna Ramavil transit camp.

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285 more families resettle in Puthukuduirippu today

917 more civilians of 285 families were resettled at Wallipuram in Puthukuduirippu area after completing de-mining operations underwent in the area today, 28th June.

Puthukuduirippu Assistant Government Agent (AGA) Mr S. Jayakanthan speaking to said that each family was given Rs 20,000.00 to facilitate them to strengthen their livelihood. Further he said that Sri Lanka army collaborating with several NGOs made their maximum contribution to demining operations taken place before the resettlement.


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Afghanistan + 10 others
Patterns in Terrorism in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia: 2007-2010

By Anthony H. Cordesman, Andrew C. Gagel Jun 29, 2011

The Burke Chair has prepared two new reports on terrorism in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia: 2007-2010. These reports draw on unclassified US reporting by the National Counterterrorism Center and the US Department of State.

Center for Strategic and International Studies:

© The Center for Strategic & International Studies

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Wide spread torture is only a symptom of failed policing - A discussion on video


Asian Human Rights Commission:

About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984

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Military Items Recovered in North

VAVUNIYA: Following unserviceable military items have been recovered by the field engineer troops and the DDG, MAG and MMIPE de mining teams in the suburbs of VAVUNIYA yesterday (26).

AP mines 85

A civilian belt 01

LTTE belt order 01

Batteries 04

Jungle ration packets 02

Electric mines 04

Jumping mines 01

KILINOCHCHI: The field engineer troops have recovered 2 feet detonator code and 4kg of C4 explosives mixed with soil in the MULANKAWIL area yesterday (26).