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World + 4 others
Strengthening resilience in post-disaster situations: stories, experience, and lessons from South Asia

To mitigate, develop, and improve the lives of those vulnerable to intense natural disasters, climate change, and food insecurity, many agencies are funding and implementing diverse activities from reconstruction to rehabilitation. In particular, mid- to long-term interventions, strategies, and practical approaches are being designed and adopted to build the resilience of the poor.

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Myanmar + 1 other
MYANMAR: Remittances support survival

Report
IRIN
DALA THAYA, 31 December 2010 (IRIN) - Remittances to Myanmar continue to be a lifeline for communities strapped for cash and short of food throughout the country, according to researchers and migration experts.

While officially recorded remittances to Myanmar accounted for only 0.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009, a 2008 university study [ http://www.econ.mq.edu.au/Econ_docs/bew/Burma_Survey_Remittances.pdf ] calculated remittances were at least four times higher than the official figures.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Thailand Burma Border Consortium 2010 progress Report July to December

Executive Summary

Aung San Suu Kyi once famously said, "We must hope for the best, but prepare for the worst". As this report is being written the first elected government for 20 years is being formed in Burma following the November General Election. The convening of parliament, new and more complex political structures plus the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi herself, all offer hope of reconciliation and change; of a more constructive relationship with the international community, increasing humanitarian space and resolution of decades of conflict. For the troubled

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Myanmar + 1 other
UNHCR urges Thailand against forced returns to Myanmar

The UN refugee agency is concerned over the circumstances of the return of some 166 Myanmar nationals seeking temporary protection from Thailand on 25 December, urging the Royal Thai government to adhere to the internationally accepted principle of non-refoulement (which prohibits returns to a situation of danger).

On Christmas Day, the Thai authorities asked the group of recently displaced from Myanmar to return to their villages from the Wa Lay temporary site, located at the Pob Phra District in Tak Province.

The group which included 50 women and

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Myanmar + 1 other
Myanmar: Refugees Hide After Forced Repatriation

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Irrawaddy
By LAWI WENG Monday, December 27, 2010

More than 200 Karen refugees were forcibly sent back into Burma from Thailand on Saturday despite unstable conditions and fighting near their villages, according to border sources.

The Thai army forced refugees sheltering at a Buddhist temple and a Thai school in Pop Phra-District in Thailand's Tak Province back across the border, telling them the situation had become stable.

"They [refugees] are afraid of the Thai army and were forced back even though they dare not return to their

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Cambodia + 7 others
Southeast Asia: Appeal No. MAA51001, 2010 - Programme Update n°2

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2010

In brief

Programme purpose: To coordinate support to host national societies as they scale up their humanitarian work in line with Strategy 2020.

Programme summary: The Southeast Asia secretariat team based in Bangkok:

- Supports and guides country office teams in Cambodia/Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam;

- Provides requested technical support to the above countries as well as national societies with no secretariat

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Myanmar + 1 other
MYANMAR: Bullets not the main killer in conflict area

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IRIN
MUN RU SHAI, 24 December 2010 (IRIN) - Saw Kwe, a medical officer with the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, pulls out a cardboard box full of Artesunate from among the rolls of gauze and drugs used for clotting war wounds.

The 15-year veteran, who has been shot and nearly blown up in past fighting, says the most common killers of civilians are found off the battlefields - not on them.

"The most deadly is malaria," says Saw Kwe, as he hands a packet of pills to a young mother in the Burmese border village of Mun Ru Shai. "We often use up our supplies of Paracetamol

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Thailand: First lot of flood relief money to reach farmers this week

BANGKOK, 23 December 2010 (NNT) - The Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister has announced that the first portion of compensation money, worth over 2 billion baht, will be handed to flood-affected farmers by the end of this week.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Teera Wongsamut disclosed that 89,801 farmers troubled by the recent flood would receive their compensation within this week, saying all branches of the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) were fully prepared to disburse the funds of over 2 billion baht in total. He added

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Bangladesh + 6 others
Finnish Red Cross tsunami programme is almost done

Published 16/12/2010 10:40

Six years after disaster struck Asia, the sizeable aid programme mounted by the Finnish Red Cross is nearing completion in those countries hit by the Boxing Day tsunami.

On December 26, 2004, an earthquake beneath the ocean floor off the west coast of Sumatra caused enormous waves. More than 200,000 people were killed by the tsunamis that swept across the Indian Ocean. At least 1.8 million people in southern and southeast Asia lost their homes. The disaster also affected Boxing Day celebrations in Finland,

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Afghanistan + 15 others
Global food price monitor - December 2010

Highlights

- The FAO Food Price Index continued to rise in November.

- International prices of wheat and rice increased significantly in November and early December. Prices of maize remained firm.

- In Asia, prices of rice further strengthened in the past month while prices of wheat remained high.

- In Africa, prices of cereals are declining or stable and at low levels in all sub-regions.

- In Central America, prices of beans are at record levels. Prices of maize that had seasonally declined remained generally stable.

- In South America, prices of wheat flour

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Myanmar + 1 other
Myanmar: Thai officials 'force refugees into harms way in Karen State'

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Mizzima News
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - Thai authorities near the border town of Mae Sot early on Tuesday and Wednesday strongly encouraged and in some cases forced hundreds of refugees back into Burma. The practice came despite calls from rights groups that those displaced by clashes between Burmese Army and Karen troops be allowed to stay until the fighting ends, aid workers and researchers working along the Thai-Burmese border said.

The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) reported that those who were forced to return included a large group of refugees

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Myanmar + 1 other
Aid bloc broadcasts plea over Burmese refugees in Thailand

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Mizzima News
Friday, 10 December 2010 18:32 Mizzima News

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - On the heels of the largest influx of Burmese refugees to Thailand in a decade, assistance organisations are calling for a global response in ensuring a holistic system of aid is in place for those displaced.

The Forum of Burma's Community-Based Organisations (FCOB), a consortium of more than 20 like-minded assistance groups based along the Thai-Burmese border, has written to supporters to pressure governments and aid organisations to work together in designing

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Thailand + 1 other
Thailand/ Myanmar: Where there are no drugs: TB-HIV dilemma for migrants

Constanze Ruprecht - CNS

In late October 2010, a large group of people living in and around Mae Sot, Tak province were closing in on a terrible 'milestone' of sorts: all of them - over 60 migrant children, women and men - were living with HIV and taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which they needed to stay alive. Some were also co-infected with tuberculosis (TB), the most frequent opportunistic infection (OI) experienced by people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).

Each group member's daily regimen of drugs - a one-year 'buffer' provided by an international non-governmental

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Haiti + 3 others
Change starts with us, talk to us! Beneficiary perceptions regarding the effectiveness of measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian aid workers: a HAP commissioned study

Executive summary

This research, conducted in Haiti, Kenya and Thailand, was commissioned by the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), and sought to capture the views of beneficiaries of humanitarian assistance on the effectiveness of measures put in place to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) by humanitarian workers. This study is a follow up to similar research, also on behalf of HAP, conducted by Lattu in 20081. It examines whether organisations have worked effectively on PSEA measures in the intervening three years, such that beneficiaries now

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Myanmar + 1 other
Burma: Eyewitness Accounts of Abuses in Eastern Fighting

Thai Authorities Should Ensure Protection of Refugees Fleeing Conflict

(New York, December 4, 2010) - The Burmese armed forces and ethnic insurgents should act to protect civilians as fighting in eastern Burma intensifies, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burmese army, or Tatmadaw, has conducted a major build up in the East following an attack and brief seizure of the border town of Myawaddy by ethnic Karen rebels on the date of the elections, November 7, 2010.

"The recent elections in Burma have done nothing to change Burmese army tactics of terrorizing civilians with

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Myanmar + 1 other
Burmese refugees still fleeing into Thailand

An Australian senator says sporadic violence is continuing in eastern Burma, near the Thai border, and says villagers are still fleeing into Thailand in their hundreds and sometimes thousands. But they are often being pushed back into areas of fighting by Thai soldiers and are forced to flee again days later. The Australian Greens Party senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, has raised the alarm after visiting the town of Mae Sot, a key crossing point for Burmese fleeing their country. International attention shifted to the town when fighting in eastern Burma after the
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Myanmar + 1 other
Once again, fleeing Myanmar

It is early morning in Wat Maha Wong, a Buddhist temple overlooking the muddy Moei River on the Thailand side of the border with Myanmar. Hundreds of ragged and exhausted people huddle on straw mats waiting for food and medical care. They are among some one thousand people who have fled a fresh outbreak of fighting in eastern Myanmar, formerly Burma, between an ethnic rebel group and government troops. In earlier clashes three weeks ago some 20,000 people fled across the volatile border into Thailand.

I am here with a medical team from the

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HFH Thailand Distributes Shelter Repair Kits To Rain-Affected Families In South Of The Country

Each Of The 25 Kits, Which Contains Tools And Basic Materials, Serves 10 Families

PATTHALUNG, 3rd December 2010: Habitat for Humanity Thailand recently handed over shelter repair kits to 250 families affected by severe flooding in the south of the country.

In Kaonangkum sub-district, Pakpayoon district, Pattalung, families affected by severe flooding benefitted from HFH Thailand's distribution of shelter repair kits.

Each of the 25 kits distributed, which contained tools and basic materials, benefits 10 families.

HFH Thailand staff members are providing

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Myanmar + 1 other
Myanmar: Social Action for Women on the Border

A women-operated community organization, assisted by USAID, provides protection and shelter to migrant women and children along the Thai- Burmese border

SAW was founded in 2000 by women living on the Thai-Burmese border. SAW supports women and children by providing shelter, health education, health care, counseling and vocational training for unskilled women. / Photo: American Jewish World Service.

"If SAW did not help us we would be in a very difficult situation. My children would not be at school and I think it would be very hard for me to keep working for much longer to

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India + 4 others
We can eliminate HIV/AIDS among children by 2015: WHO

New Delhi, 1 December 2010: Although new HIV infections show a downward trend in countries of the World Health Organization's South-East Asia Region, particularly India, Thailand, Nepal and Myanmar, HIV/AIDS is still a serious public health problem. Perhaps the most vulnerable group are children with HIV/AIDS, whose numbers have increased by 46% between 2001 and 2009. Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 is possible and WHO is committed to this goal.

"The threat of HIV/AIDS to children highlights the need to strengthen health systems at the primary health