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Sudan + 7 others
September 2014 Special Update – Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

On 1 July 2014, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 13th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, pursuant to SCR 2068. The Council will discuss the report during a debate on children and armed conflict on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda:

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World + 3 others
Communications with Communities Asia-Pacific Newsletter August 2014

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

Myanmar

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Locals flee extreme floods in Hpakant

Most neighbourhoods in Hpakant, a jade-mining town in Burma’s northern Kachin State, have been evacuated following days of heavy rain.

All quarters except for those at high altitudes were flooded by overflow from the Uru River over the past week. The most hard-hit areas are Ayemyatharyar, Mashikahtaung, Myoma and Ngetpyawdaw, according to locals affiliated with a community organisation called Parami.

On Monday, locals said that water levels had lessened to some degree but that transportation is still difficult as most roads are still underwater.

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Visit to Myanmar by United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary General

Visit to Myanmar by Mr. Vijay Nambiar, United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General

The Special Adviser to Secretary-General Mr. Vijay Nambiar visited Myanmar from 18 to 25 August in pursuance of his mandate. Undertaken ahead of the 69th session of the General Assembly, this was Mr. Nambiar's eighth visit to the country during the past year.

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Making the right choices

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DanChurchAid

25.08.2014 by Maiken Skeem

In Myanmar village development committees help women to make the right choices – not only for the benefit of their own families but also for the benefit of the entire village.

We are sitting on the wooden floor in the newly constructed community meeting hall in the village of Kan Hla in northern Myanmar. This small community was moved from their original village around 1 km. away from here. A new electro hydro dam was built where they used to live and they had to give space.

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Arakanese Leaders to Propose Detention Camps for Undocumented Rohingya

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Irrawaddy

By LAWI WENG

RANGOON — Buddhist Arakanese leaders are considering a proposal that would see Rohingya Muslims without documentation proving their right to citizenship detained in camps.

The plan will be discussed publicly in the Arakan State capital, Sittwe, in the coming days, said Than Tun, an Arakanese leader and a member of the state’s Emergency Coordination Committee, and comes as a citizenship verification project is restarted for Muslims in Arakan State.

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Drugs and development in the Wa region

By AYE NAI

United Wa State Army (UWSA) spokesman Aung Myint speaks to DVB about drugs, development and education in the Wa region.

Q: What role do you think the UWSA will play in the drug eradication programme that Burma has agreed to implement with the United Nations?

A: Needless to say, we realised once we made peace with the Burmese government in 1993 that growing opium as a business venture does not improve the lifestyle of our people; in fact, it is more likely to harm them, especially children. Drugs could lead to our extinction.

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World + 23 others
Global Humanitarian Overview - Status Report, August 2014

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102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared to 81 million in December 2013. Global financial requirements to cover humanitarian needs rose from $12.9 billion to $17.3 billion now.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Myanmar + 5 others
South-East Asia Irregular Maritime Movements

UNHCR: Over 20,000 people risked lives in Indian Ocean in first half of 2014

A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in South East Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were Rohingya who fled Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also intercepted on boats heading to Australia.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Trafficked Myanmar Fishermen Return Home from Indonesia

Indonesia - The IOM missions in Myanmar and Indonesia have organized a joint operation to return home a group of 14 Myanmar nationals who were trafficked onto Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters earlier this year.

International Organization for Migration:

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Myanmar: Snapshot of Humanitarian Issues (31 July 2014)

Since 2011, more than 247,000 people have been displaced in Myanmar, primarily in Rakhine and Kachin states, which were affected by heavy seasonal rains and landslides in July.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Philippines + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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New homes ready for displaced Meikhtila villagers

By SHWE AUNG

Around 1,500 people displaced by communal violence in central Burma’s Meikhtila have been awarded homes in a newly built housing complex, according to a project official.

Khin Nan, supervisor of the government-backed housing project, said that 350 new one-story homes in Chanayethar ward have already been allocated to displaced families, awarded by lottery on 19 August.

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Leprosy: Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge

08/21/2014 03:03 GMT

by Kelly MACNAMARA

MAWLAMYAING, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - High in the hills of Myanmar's war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country's battle with the ancient disease is far from over.

Agence France-Presse:

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New Zealand + 1 other
Helping Burmese Refugees Start New Lives in New Zealand

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Irrawaddy

By KYAW HSU MON / THE IRRAWADDY

Sparsely populated New Zealand could be said to be punching above its wait in terms of Burmese refugee intake. About 2,000 Burmese, largely coming from refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border, now live in the island nation of 4.4 million people.

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‘Nationwide Ceasefire Will Happen This Year’

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Irrawaddy

By MAY KHA/ THE IRRAWADDY

The Burmese government’s Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UWPC) and ethnic rebel groups’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) met to discuss the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement in Rangoon last week.

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Shan IDPs Petition for Army to Vacate Occupied Village

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Irrawaddy

RANGOON— About 300 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Shan State’s Kyaythee Township plan to submit a petition asking the Burmese Army to withdraw from their village, which troops have occupied since clashes with Shan rebels broke out more than one month ago.

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Thailand + 1 other
New Rules to Help Burmese Migrants Apply for Passports

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Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The Burmese Embassy in Thailand is revising procedures for Burmese migrants to receive regular passports, the Burmese government says.

The revision comes after many Burmese migrants were not able to apply for passports because they did not have a valid Burmese ID.

After seizing power in a May coup, the Thai junta launched a crackdown on illegal migrant workers, putting pressure on people to apply for proper documentation.