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08 Mar 2017 description

By Khaleda Akhter Laboni, BDRCS and Talha, Yasif, IFRC

Dill Mohammad, one of the 69,000 Muslims from Rakhine, arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in the last quarter of 2016, due to an upsurge of violence in the northern part of Rakhine State in Myanmar.

“We never imagined that life can bring us such uncertainty,” says Mohammad. “It is a time to survive and such a struggle to overcome our situation.”

08 Mar 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Saw Yan Naing

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — A growing number of suicide cases in a Burmese refugee camp in Mae La, Thailand has raised concerns with camp authorities.

Saw Honest, the chairman of Mae La camp which hosts around 40,000 refugees, told The Irrawaddy that there were 54 reported suicide attempts in 2016, in which the majority died.

“It is alarming, so we tried to find out what was behind it,” said Saw Honest.

Community leaders and camp authorities said alcohol and drug abuse were key factors in the rise, along with cases of domestic violence.

08 Mar 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Stella Naw

On a winter night on the China-Burma border, I sat cramped in a small house with two dozen people, members of five Kachin families who had recently been displaced by fighting in Mong Ko, also on the border in northern Shan State. The purpose of my trip was to research and document the impact of conflict in the region; I stayed up late into the night listening to the stories of the displaced.

08 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Quarter of funds will go towards humanitarian work, including famine response

STOCKHOLM, 7 March 2017 – The Government of Sweden has just announced an $80 million contribution to support UNICEF’s life-saving work around the world. A significant part of the new funds – $20 million– will be allocated to UNICEF’s humanitarian work in countries affected by wars and other emergencies.

08 Mar 2017 description
  1. At this time, it is important for the people of Myanmar to contribute their utmost effort with strong determination and unified spirit for the success of the peace process.

07 Mar 2017 description

SOMALIA

Cholera incidence has almost doubled since mid-February, to 194 per day. Case fatality rates are four times higher in areas that are inaccessible due to Al Shabaab activitiy, at 7% compared to 1.6%.

In Baidoa, Bay, livestock prices are a quarter of the five-year average, and staple food prices are double those of a year ago.

The prime minister says 110 people have died from cholera and hunger over just two days in early March in Bay region.

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07 Mar 2017 description

YANGON - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$ 5 million from the Government of Japan in support of WFP’s work in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

07 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

YANGON, MYANMAR — At least 30 people died during fighting in Laukkai Monday between Myanmar army forces and armed fighters from ethnic groups.

Tension between the central government and ethnic militias in the northern region near China's Yunnan province erupted early Monday morning. Witnesses told VOA of hearing artillery and small arms fire in Laukkai, capital of the Kokang special region and an important trading town on the Salween River, which forms Myanmar's border with China.

07 Mar 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By MOE MYINT 6 March 2017

RANGOON – Border police patrol in Arakan State apprehended a vessel carrying 28 people in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday afternoon, who the authorities say had illegally entered Burmese territorial waters from St. Martin’s Island in Bangladesh, said official Kyaw Aye Hlaing of Maungdaw police station.

The distance between Sittwe, the Arakan State capital, and St. Martin Island is at least 70 kilometers.

06 Mar 2017 description

YANGON – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched the first pilot programme using mobile cash transfers for humanitarian assistance in Myanmar. Between 27 February and 1 March, 112 conflict-affected internally displaced families in three camps in Myitkyina Township of Kachin State received a monthly electronic credit allocation of MMK 9,000 (US$ 7) per person for vulnerable households and MMK 13,000 (US$ 10) per person for the most vulnerable households on their phone to be used at local shops. The recipients had previously received this amount in banknotes.

06 Mar 2017 description
  • As of 28 February, United Nations Coordinated Appeals and Refugee Response Plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require $22.6 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 95.3 million crisis-affected people in 33 countries. Needs and financial requirements have increased due to finalization of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requesting around $2.1 billion and together the appeals are funded at $1.6 billion, leaving a shortfall of $21.0 billion.

06 Mar 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Thirteen international human rights groups on Friday issued a joint statement backing a United Nations call for an international inquiry commission to investigate rights abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

06 Mar 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

By Richard Finney

More than a year after Myanmar’s National League for Democracy swept national elections in the formerly military-ruled country, bringing an end to government by generals or by army-backed civilians, security forces remain outside effective civilian control, the U.S. State Department said in a report released on Friday.

04 Mar 2017 description
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March 4th, 2017 ― Doha: A delegation of Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has recently conducted a visit to Myanmar to oversee its programmes in Rakhine State and discuss a plan for possible future programs in consultation with other humanitarian actors.

03 Mar 2017 description

Introduction The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 shifts the focus from managing disasters to managing risks. Such a shift requires a better understanding of risk in all its dimensions of hazards, exposure and vulnerability; a disaster risk governance that ensures disaster risk is factored into planning and development at all levels across all sectors as well as in disaster preparedness, rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction; and cost-benefit analysis to support prioritization of investments in disaster risk reduction (DRR) for long-term resilience.

03 Mar 2017 description

To:

Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Geneva, 3 March 2017

RE: UN-MANDATED INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY OR SIMILAR INTERNTIONAL MECHANISM TO INVESTIGATE SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN RAKHINE STATE, MYANMAR

Excellencies,