- UNHCR/UNODC/IOM: Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea: Proposals for Action, May 2015
- Summary: Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean, 29 May 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
- UNFPA: Census Results Highlight Myanmar’s Development Needs
Appeals & Funding
- Humanitarian Response Plan 2015
- UNHCR Supplementary Appeal: Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea Initiative, Jun-Dec 2015
- IOM Appeal Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea Crisis
KUALA CANGKOI, Aceh, Indonesia – “How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach area.
Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand.
“Five months,” confirms 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 woman’s hand actions.
The woman nods.
We have launched a campaign to support the Rohingya community from Burma. Donate today to help us provide food and other essential items to those in need.
According to UN estimates, about 25,000 migrants left Myanmar and Bangladesh on rickety smugglers’ boats in early 2015. Some have been abandoned by their traffickers with little food or water. Many of them are women and young children. The government in Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya as citizens, denies them freedom to travel and access to education in Myanmar and has refused to accept any back.
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is among seven non-state armed groups in Myanmar listed in the 2015 Annual Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict as a party which recruits and uses children. The UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting on grave violations against children has documented persistent recruitment and use of children by the KIA since 2007.
Yangon, 30 June 2015 – Following the recent improvement and widespread of mobile broadband networks in Myanmar, schools, especially those in semi-urban areas, will not have to wait for years to be provided with the benefits of Internet connectivity and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar – Resting on one of the main earthquake belts in the world, the growing cities of Myanmar including Mandalay and Yangon are at constant risk of earthquakes. The active fault line has not exhibited significant seismic activity for the past 50 to 75 years, which might mean that the stress in the fault is accumulating and could result in a strong seismic event. The rapid urbanization is increasing the number of people and infrastructure at stake in the earthquake-prone cities.
YANGON – A new resource centre, which will help government staff learn how to collect and analyse data that can inform their efforts to fight hunger and poverty, has opened in Kyaukse Township, Mandalay Region.
The centre is equipped with computers, printers, analytical software, global positioning system (GPS) devices and other resources supplied by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is also providing training to staff from the Department of Rural Development in areas such as survey design, data collection and data analysis.
Washington, 2 July— More health centres, schools, roads and drinking water systems will be repaired and constructed for rural communities in Myanmar with an additional $400 million in financing approved today by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors for the ongoing Myanmar National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP).
Kyondoe, 2 July— Ananda Myitta mobile free clinic (Kyondoe branch) provided health care services to local people in Kyondoe, Kayin State, in the third week of June.
Patron of the Ananda Myitta health and education foundation and eye specialists arrange eye care services to needy patients in all regions of the nation. While in Kyondoe, the specialists gave free treatment to 58 eye patients and donated wheel chairs to four children and one man.
They also provided health care services to 157 general patients.
Nay Pyi Taw, 2 July – The Union Election Commission, on 26 June 2015, issued the Election Observation Procedures for international observers to participate in holding free and fair elections.
The notification covers 13 chapters, and five forms as annexes. Chapter I, Title and Definition, carries the 12 explanations of the words.
ARTICLE 19 launches its report Women in Myanmar today. Women have inspired political leadership, reported fearlessly on current events and played a leading role in civil society in the country. As a result, however, they have faced a multitude of legal and policy restrictions and arbitrary punishments.
By Ika Koeck
MYANMAR. Intense rainfall over the last three days has triggered flooding in several districts of Rakhine, Tayin and Tanintharyi States, as well as Bago and Ayeyawardy Regions. The floods have affected estimated 13,000 people. Over 8,500 people have evacuated. The worst affected state is the Rakhine, with 11,500 people affected. Approximately 200 houses were damaged. Media has reported five deaths. Department of Meteorology and Hidrology of Myanmar is forecasting more rains in the next few days in the upper Sagaing and Tanintharyi Regions, Kachin, Kayin and Mon States.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | Thursday 7/2/2015 - 10:14 GMT
Southeast Asian countries Thursday launched a fund to share the cost of hosting human trafficking victims, after a regional migrant crisis saw victims ping-ponged between countries reluctant to accept them.
In May a Thai crackdown on the lucrative smuggling industry prompted the traffickers to abandon their human cargo at sea, sparking a crisis that saw more than 3,500 Bangladeshi economic migrants and stateless Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar land in Malaysia and Indonesia.
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Cordaid will invest 900.000 euro in microfinance programs for farmers in Myanmar. Contracts on this investment were signed this week. This creates access for farmers to small loans to buy seeds for the coming rice planting season. The demand for foreign money in Myanmar is high, but foreign investors are reluctant. Cordaid is one of the very first impact investors stepping into the microfinance market of Myanmar, which has only recently opened up to foreign investors.