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13 Mar 2017 description

Aid workers and those displaced express fears of more violent and protracted conflict than previous flare-up in Kokang region in early 2015

By James Pomfret

NANSAN, China, March 13 (Reuters) - Within earshot of mortar fire echoing from beyond a ring of hills, a sprawling relief camp in Southwestern China is swelling steadily after fighting erupted last week between a rebel ethnic army in Myanmar and government troops just across the border.

13 Mar 2017 description

MYANMAR

As a result of attacks on security and civilian targets by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in Laukkai (Kokang Self-Administered Zone) on 6 March, media sources reported that up to 20,000 people are estimated to have fled across the border into China. At least 30 people, including five civilians, were reportedly killed in the violence. Thousands of migrant workers from other parts of Myanmar have also fled the Laukkai area and are returning home.

20,000 people estimated to have crossed into China

INDONESIA

13 Mar 2017 description

13 March 2017

ASA 16/5864/2017

UN Human Rights Council

Thirty-Fourth session

27 February – 24 March 2017

Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar1 Mr. President,
Amnesty International shares the concerns of the Special Rapporteur regarding the situation of human rights in Myanmar, which has deteriorated significantly in the last year.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Jungle Aid

by Caitlin | Mar 12, 2017

Background on Ba Mak Village

13 Mar 2017 description
report Jungle Aid

by Caitlin | Mar 12, 2017

Bon Luk

Once again, we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We left early in two 4x4s, one on which was kindly sponsored by our long time sponsor, Dave of Hua Hin Car Hire, and drove to Bon Luk.

We had one nurse and 6 volunteers with us.

Immediately on our arrival, our nurse Annie set up the clinic with Nim assisting with translation as well as medical journal and Paul helping with medical bag. We saw 23 patients with 2 needing follow up at the hospital. We will be coordinating hospital visits for these two patients.

13 Mar 2017 description
report Jungle Aid

by Caitlin | Mar 12, 2017

Pa LA U village has 39 houses and about 200 people who have limited medical care and education and insufficient access to healthy food, clean water, electricity, toilets and waste disposal facilities.

The trip had several aims:

13 Mar 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Leena Zieger

The changes in Burma’s political landscape have affected the country’s population in varying ways.

Among the less fortunate citizens are tens of thousands of young refugees whose concerns and qualifications continue to be sidelined in the country’s reform process.

Thousands of youth live in limbo along the Thailand-Burma border, where decline in donor funding has adversely impacted the refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose lives depend on international assistance and services provided by local ethnic organizations.

11 Mar 2017 description

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11 Mar 2017 description

by Thin Lei Win | @thinink | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 10 March 2017 07:00 GMT

In parched lands, families grow food in gardens using drip irrigation, hydroponics and soil moisture sensors to cut down on over-irrigation and save water

By Thin Lei Win

PAKOKKU, Myanmar, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myo Myint fondly remembers when his one-acre farm regularly produced 100 baskets of rice. But as rainfall became erratic in this arid region, he started growing betel leaves, a less thirsty cash crop.

10 Mar 2017 description

Key updates

  • Countries, territories and subnational areas reporting vector-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) infections for the first time since 1 February: None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system malformations potentially associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Mexico, Saint Martin

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome cases associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Curaçao, Trinidad and Tobago

10 Mar 2017 description
report Mizzima News

By Yitsing Wang

The escalation of a long-running conflict between Myanmar army and a Chinese-speaking ethnic armed group in Northern Shan State is affecting people on both sides of the border.

Fighting between Kokang rebels - the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and Myanmar troops in Laukkai, a region on Myanmar's border with China, has killed at least 30 people and caused new flows of refugees to flee across the border into China’s Yunnan province.

10 Mar 2017 description

This Special Report examines China’s role and interests in Myanmar’s peace process. Funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and integral to USIP’s Asia Center programming, the report is based on more than eighty interviews with officials in China and representatives from ethnic armed groups in Myanmar

Summary

09 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Latest estimates indicate that about 94,000 people remain displaced (either in Bangladesh or within northern Rakhine) as a result of the 9 October attacks and subsequent security operations.

  • Humanitarian organizations in Bangladesh estimate that over 74,000 people have crossed the border into Bangladesh since October and remain in the Cox’s Bazaar area.

  • An estimated 20,000 people remain internally displaced in northern Rakhine.

09 Mar 2017 description

Yangon / Kyaing Tong (ICRC) – The first physical rehabilitation centre in Shan State has officially opened its doors in Kyaing Tong. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) invested 1.86 billion Myanmar kyats (1.3 million US dollars) to build it.

09 Mar 2017 description
report UN News Service

8 mars 2017 – Le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, a estimé mercredi que 2017 serait une année importante et déterminante dans un contexte où le monde est confronté au terrorisme et à la montée du populisme.

09 Mar 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Fighting between Kokang rebels and Myanmar troops in Laukkai in northern Shan state has forced a wave of more than 20,000 refugees across the border into China, and another roughly 1,600 residents to seek refuge in the town of Lashio, Myanmar monks and villagers said Wednesday.

“We have settled them in a temporary camp near the Chinese border about a mile from [border] milestone 125,” a Myanmar Buddhist monk named Kathera who resides in China told RFA’s Myanmar Service on Wednesday. “They are being well looked after.”

08 Mar 2017 description

South East Asia is particularly prone to natural disasters: a situation which is compounded by the fact that more than half the countries in the region are low or lower income. In addition, three countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar) are considered least developed.

08 Mar 2017 description

Over the past six months Myanmar has experienced a surge in new displacement in four states, while humanitarian organizations simultaneously faced severe constraints on access. Border post attacks on 9 Oct 2016 and subsequent security operations triggered a new humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine. Intensified conflict resulted in new displacement in Kachin and northern Shan. Thousands were also relocated in Kayin State due to fighting in Sep 2016.

08 Mar 2017 description

"The joy of tiger worms is that they reproduce faster with the more poo they have to feed off"

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, March 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tiger worm toilets which turn human waste into fertiliser could prove to be an affordable and sustainable sanitation solution for increasingly crowded slums and refugee camps across the developing world, water and sanitation experts say.

08 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Yangon, 8 March 2017 – UNICEF Myanmar expresses deep sadness over the tragic deaths of a ten year-old boy and his mother, caused by an explosive weapon as they were collecting vegetables in Mansi Township, Kachin State. At this tragic moment, our thoughts go to the mother’s three remaining children, who are left orphans as their father had already passed away.