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30 Apr 2017 description

Burmese Rohingya refugees have been facing an acute water crisis in Nayapara official and unregistered Leda (Tal) camps recently, Hussain Ahamed, a refugee from Nayapara camp said.

During the summer season, the water dam of Nayapara is almost dried up which was built by UNHCR and concerned authority earlier, he more added.

According to refugees, “We are facing from water crisis in every summer season and also getting one pot or two pots of water once from INGO supplied twice a day. But, it is not enough for us as we have over 5 to 6 family members.”

29 Apr 2017 description

Assistance alimentaire française : la France alloue 700 000 € pour contribuer à la réponse aux besoins humanitaires dans les États Kachin et Rakhine, et pour soutenir la reconstruction des moyens de subsistance dans le Rakhine.

• État Kachin :

28 Apr 2017 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Bilin Township, Thaton District, during the period between July and September 2016, including civilians’ livelihoods, drugs and military activities.

28 Apr 2017 description

Index: ASA 16/6130/2017

Dear Your Excellency,

We, the undersigned, call on States, including the United States, United Kingdom and the member states of the European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to strongly encourage the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming Fact-Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State, as well as active conflict areas in Kachin State and northern Shan State, as recently mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

28 Apr 2017 description

Around 100 Burmese military vehicles full of soldiers and weapons have arrived in the northern Shan State on 22 April, according to local residents.

Clashes frequently break out between the Burma Army and the Northern Alliance in the northern Shan State.

Around 50 military vehicles left for Namkham at the Kachin State’s border via Muse and over 40 military vehicles were headed towards Mong Ko in the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) Regiment 6 territory via 105 Mile Trade Zone, local residents told K.N.G.

28 Apr 2017 description

Shan State politicians and ethnic armed organizations are furious that preparations for the state’s political dialogue were left to the last minute. With less than a week’s advance notice provided, the groups said that they did not have enough time to properly prepare.

28 Apr 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Saw Yan Naing 28 April 2017

MAE LA, Thailand — Eighty-year-old Karen refugee Naw Pe lies near the cooking area in her bamboo hut, surrounded by pans, pots, baskets, and rotting foods.

She has a fever, coupled with the stifling midday heat, and her hands shake as she moves out of her mosquito net.

“I’m supposed to feed the pigs,” she whispers, pausing for breath. “But I can’t stand up. I’m too sick.”

27 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Insecurity, access limitations remain concerns in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan

  • UN cites humanitarian and human rights concerns among Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine

  • Tropical Cyclone Maarutha makes landfall, damaging some infrastructure

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

27 Apr 2017 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This document provides an overview of open-source-reported new laws or regulations affecting NGOs, and a summary of reported administrative decisions that affected their ability to operate. Links to the relevant Aid in Danger Monthly News Brief (in brackets in each sentence) provide further information.

27 Apr 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Saw Yan Naing 26 April 2017

MAE SARIANG, Thailand — Some 10,000 community workers in nine refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border will be affected by financial cuts as funding declines, according to sources from the refugee community and aid agencies.

The cuts were announced at a meeting held by the international humanitarian agency The Border Consortium (TBC) in Mae Sot last weekend.

The reduced stipend for camp community workers will begin in July, said Saw Tu Tu, a leader within the Karen Refugee Committee (KRC) who attended the meeting.

26 Apr 2017 description

A press conference on National Level Political Dialogue for Shan State took place in Taunggyi, Southern Shan State yesterday.

At the press conference, Chairman of the Supervision Committee for Region-wise National Level Political Dialogue Shan State Minister for Inn Ethnic Affairs Dr. Tun Hlaing, Member of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center U Tun Tun Hein, Member of the Peace Commission Professor Dr. Aung Tun Thet and Shan State Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Dr. Nyi Nyi Aung replied to the questions raised by the journalists.

25 Apr 2017 description

by Beh Lih Yi | @BehLihYi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:00 GMT

"Revolutionary" app aims to increase public empathy toward the plight of refugees

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ping on Kathijah's phone. The Rohingya girl picks up the message, it is from her brother Ishak in Myanmar.

"Kat, r u safe?" he writes. "It was a raid, they found us. Had to run," he said, before sending a video message of him running in a jungle that was abruptly cut off.

25 Apr 2017 description
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Executive Summary

THE PRESIDENT’S MALARIA INITIATIVE STRATEGY FOR 2015–2020

The PMI Strategy for 2015–2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen, setting forth a vision, goal, objectives, and strategic approach for PMI through 2020, while reaffirming the longer-term goal of a world without malaria. Malaria prevention and control remains a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and this strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty.

25 Apr 2017 description

Myanmar's march to democracy, beginning in 2011, uncorked long-suppressed ethnic and religious tensions between Rakhine's Buddhists and the Rohingya

By Antoni Slodkowski, Wa Lone, Simon Lewis and Krishna N. Das

BALUKHALI CAMP, Bangladesh, April 25 (Reuters) - When army helicopters fired on Rahim's village in northwest Myanmar one day last November, the Rohingya schoolteacher told his pregnant wife to take their three young daughters and leave. He stayed behind with his 72-year-old mother.

25 Apr 2017 description

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 April 2017 (UNHCR) – Advertising agency Grey Malaysia in partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today launched “Finding Home” – a revolutionary smartphone application that allows users to experience a refugee’s journey of survival through an interactive experience. The application aims to increase awareness and empathy among the public on the refugee issue, through the story of a Rohingya refugee child as she is forced to flee her homeland.

25 Apr 2017 description
report The Global Fund

GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will continue to support five Southeast Asian countries to expand efforts against malaria, and aim to eliminate the most deadly strain of malaria.

25 Apr 2017 description

IOM Bangladesh rolled out the first round of Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) in Cox’s Bazaar from 21 – 28 March 2017. The assessment collected baseline information on Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMN) including their location, population numbers, movement trends and a preliminary overview of needs. The assessment was conducted in 3 makeshift settlements and 41 host community locations, and estimates that 132,138 UMNs are living in assessed locations in Teknaf and Ukhiya Upazila. An estimated 63,705 individuals are new arrivals.

25 Apr 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s powerful military will not accept any revisions or amendments to a nationwide cease-fire agreement it signed in October 2015 with eight ethnic armed groups in order to accommodate remaining militias that have refused to sign or have been excluded from the pact, the country’s deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces said Monday.