STATEMENT RELEASED ON 27 MAY 2015
Please find herein the Joint NGO Statement ahead of the intergovernmental Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean being held on 29 May 2015 hosted by the Royal Thai Government in Bangkok. The signatories below represent more than 600 non-governmental and civil society organisations operating across Asia and the Pacific regions.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
THAI-BURMA BORDER REFUGEE CAMP FIRE
APPEAL # 700-F
APPEAL GOAL: $40,000
APRIL 4, 2013
SITUATION: Thirty-six people died in a fire that broke out March 22 in the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp, in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand.
The fire swept through two sections of the camp destroying nearly everything; the fire was caused by a cooking accident.
NEW YORK, NY--After six decades of civil conflict, recent steps toward democratization by Burma’s (Myanmar’s) new government are being met with widespread optimism, reports Jack Dunford, executive director of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) and a 28-year veteran of service to Burma’s refugees and internally displaced. Church World Service is a TBBC founding member and funder.
NEW YORK – The number of children in poverty who are hungry could reach unparalleled levels in 2012 given the state of the global economy, Church World Service says in its annual New Year's assessment.
APPEAL #700-B AMOUNT: $301,769
Heavy monsoon rains have been plaguing South East Asia since July and have severely affected one-third of Thailand's land mass. A total of 3.4 million acres of farmland -- a landmass 13 times the size of Hong Kong -- is submerged under water.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
THAILAND FLOOD RESPONSE 2011 APPEAL #700-B
OCT. 31, 2011
SITUATION: Heavy monsoon rains have been plaguing South East Asia since July and have severely affected one-third of Thailand's land mass. A total of 3.4 million acres of farmland -- a landmass 13 times the size of Hong Kong -- is submerged under water.
Assistance continues in tsunami-devastated Japan
Some four months after the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc in Japan, killing more than 15,500 people, much remains to be done. Church World Service continues to work with Japanese partners to assist families and individuals impacted by the disaster. More than 197,000 people from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures continue to live as evacuees.
CWS-P/A and The Sphere Project: a partnership to promote quality and accountability in humanitarian relief efforts
As the number of large-scale disasters rises worldwide, it's more crucial than ever that humanitarian aid adheres to quality and accountability standards.
This year, the Bangkok-based Thailand Burma Border Consortium is marking its 25th anniversary of working with refugees from Burma living in camps all along the border. Today the TBBC provides food, shelter and capacity-building support to around 140,000 refugees in nine camps as well as support to about 100,000 internally displaced persons in eastern Burma.
We, the undersigned organizations, are extremely concerned about the treatment of over a thousand Rohingyas from Burma and migrants from Bangladesh who have been forcibly expelled and abandoned in international waters by the Thai security forces since December 2008.
Over the past few weeks, several boats have been rescued off the coasts of Indonesia and the Andaman Islands of India.
Flooding caused from Typhoon Kammuri is affecting a large area of southeast Asia. Vietnam was hit first by rain from the storm earlier this month, leaving more than 100 dead or missing; subsequent flooding -- described in some reports as the worst flooding in 100 years -- has affected Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, and flooding is expected shortly in Cambodia.
"Our houses are still full of mud and... we have lost many of our furnishings... and household goods," says Alta Gracia Mendez Nicolas, mother of seven children, of Tropical Storm Noel that hit the Dominican Republic some two weeks ago.
Appeal Number: 6994
Appeal Amount: $100,000
SITUATION: The continuing humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) has, over several decades, provoked a range of increasingly serious life-threatening issues linked to escalating poverty -- HIV/AIDS, high infant mortality, increased female-headed households, unemployment, etc.
Group cooperation aids continuing Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans, Louisiana
Recovery from Hurricane Katrina has brought together faith-based and community groups from across the New Orleans area: Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership (GNODRP) is a CWS-supported umbrella agency representing nine long-term recovery groups and 70 agencies.
The group serves as a roundtable where unmet needs are addressed.
In recent weeks, people around the world have followed the news of large, peaceful, pro-democracy demonstrations all across Burma, led by Buddhist monks. The monks have joined Burma's best-known advocate for democratic reforms -- Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi -- as leaders in the struggle for non-violent change in their country. Throughout the world, people of faith often have been in the vanguard of such efforts.
But Hundreds of Thousands Still Homeless, Living in Temporary Shelters, Says Church World Service
NEW YORK - (Wed Dec 14) Nearing the first anniversary of the south Asian tsunami that claimed some 275,000 lives, humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) says the tsunami disaster generated the single largest organizational mobilization in response to a natural disaster in the agency¹s 60-year history.
A year later, hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless and living in tents, improvised emergency shelters and transitional living centers in the worst affected …
Of the many refugee camps along the Thailand-Burma border, Tham Hin is the closest to Bangkok. Opened in 1997, it also is the least livable.
More than 9,000 Burmese refugees live in a patchwork of houses crammed along narrow alleys. Pit latrines were dug under the houses, used, closed, and new ones dug, but now all room has been exhausted. Wells have run dry, and drought has all but dried up the stream that feeds the camp's water tanks.
The death toll is now approximately 176,168, with 50,000 persons still missing and an estimated 1.5 million persons displaced, as a result of the massive December 26, 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that struck off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia and affected several countries throughout South and Southeast Asia and East Africa.
Introduction to Church World Service
Church World Service (CWS), founded in 1946, is the relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations within the United States. Working in partnership with local organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS supports sustainable self-help development, meets emergency needs, aids refugees, and addresses the root causes of poverty and powerlessness. CWS provides assistance without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, or gender.
The mission statement of Church …