Unrest in Southern Thailand continues to affect countless families. Many lives been turned upside-down by the loss or detention of a family member (often the breadwinner), or loved ones needing care for injuries resulting from the unrest.
Nopharat Sani and Wanphen Inthongkaew have lived in Tambon Thung Phala, Kok-pho district, for over 40 years. The sisters would often ride their motorbikes together to the nearby market.
They vividly remember the day that changed their lives.
The Thai Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Bangkok has made a donation of Thai Baht 4.2 million(over 12.5 million Nepalese Rupees) for the relief of the earthquake victims in Nepal. A cheque of that amount was handed over to H. E. Mr. KhagaNathAdhikari, Ambassador of Nepal in Bangkok, by a group of the representatives of the Foundation, led by Mr. WichaiAutrassakorn, Vice Chairman of the Foundation, this morning. On behalf of the Foundation, the representatives have expressed condolences to the victims of the earthquakes, and hoped and prayed for early recovery.
Cáritas. 19 de junio de 2015.- Con motivo de la celebración mañana, 20 de junio, del Día Mundial del Refugiado, Cáritas Española suma su voz a la de Cáritas Europa para recordar que “lo que los refugiados necesitan con mayor urgencia es solidaridad”.
Falta de voluntad de la UE
Asimismo, señalamos que “la falta de voluntad de los responsables europeos para escuchar y ver el sufrimiento de los migrantes y refugiados que llegan a nuestras fronteras, supone matar el sueño de una Unión Europea líder en derechos humanos y la solidaridad”.
Nearly all forests across the globe are inhabited. The peoples who live there have customary rights and have developed ways of life and traditional knowledge that are attuned to their forest environments. Yet, forest policies commonly treat forests as empty lands controlled by the State and available for development, colonisation, logging, plantations, dams, mines, oil wells, gas pipelines and agribusiness.
BANGKOK, 4 June 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today received a donation of US$1 million for the Nepal earthquake response from the people of Thailand. The donation was presented by the Royal Thai Government after they raised the funds through voluntary contributions from individuals across the country. The funds will support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children and their families affected by the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal last April.
Following the 7.8M earthquake which struck on 25 Apr and the 7.3M earthquake on 12 May, a total of 8,659 people are confirmed dead. Some 95,100 people remain displaced. On 2 Jun, the Humanitarian Country Team revised the response strategy requesting $422 million to support an estimated 2.8 million people with humanitarian assistance.
95,100 people displaced
Imminent monsoon rains are expected to further complicate relief efforts by blocking access routes and exposing over 760,000 families with damaged or destroyed homes to heavy rainfall.
Following the 7.8M earthquake which struck on 25 Apr and the 7.3M earthquake on 12 May, a total of 8,631 people are confirmed dead, with 14 bodies still unidentified. Nearly 460 health facilities are destroyed. Over 25,000 classrooms collapsed while an additional 10,000 require repair. 456 health facilities destroyed 25,000 classrooms destroyed The monsoon rains are expected to arrive in two weeks, further complicating relief efforts by blocking access routes and exposing over 760,000 families with damaged or destroyed homes to heavy rainfall.1
A second major earthquake struck on 12 May east of Kathmandu. The 7.3 magnitude quake caused further destruction to buildings and homes damaged by last month's quake. The death toll from the two quakes stands at over 8,580 with over 16,800 injured, according to the Nepali Ministry of Home Affairs.
A total of 216 displacement sites were identified across 11 districts. Shelter, drinking water and resumption of livelihood activities are reported as the priority needs.
Emergency shelter remains the top response priority, especially with the imminent monsoon rains. Other priority needs include sanitation and hygiene support, household items, medical kits and supplies, food and protection.
To date, 70,000 tarpaulins and nearly 6,000 tents were distributed; nearly 370,000 people received food; more than 345,000 people were provided with safe drinking water and more than 250,000 people with hygiene support.
70,000 tarpaulins delivered
370,000 people received food
BANGKOK, May 6 – The UN refugee agency is deeply concerned at this week's discovery of dozens of bodies in smugglers' camps in southern Thailand. The agency calls on countries in the region to strengthen cooperation on counter-smuggling and counter-trafficking measures while ensuring the protection of victims.
In recent days Thai authorities have announced that they found the remains of some 30 people believed to originate in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Investigations are ongoing, with initial police accounts citing illness and abuse as likely causes of death.
Southeast Myanmar is composed of Kayin and Mon States and Tanintharyi Region, bordering with Thailand to the east and south, Bago Region and the Andaman Sea to the west and Shan State to the north. With a population of approximately 6.6 million, this area is inhabited by Mon, Bamar, Kayin, Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Pa-O, Shan, Salone and Malay ethnic groups.
Highlights of the ICRC's work in 2014
- Over 8,400 detainees received access to safe drinking water and functioning sanitation facilities
- More than 1,400 phone calls were made to families of Bangladeshi and Myanmar migrants in Thai detention centres
- Nearly 432 people benefited from Micro Economic Initiatives
A fire broke out in the refugee camp Ban Mai Nai Soi in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand, on Tuesday the 7th of April 2015. Fortunately there were no casualties, but significant damage was done and 148 houses were totally destroyed by the flames. Moreover two community buildings (one school and one psycho-social clinic) were burnt to the ground. 185 families – or 1,065 persons – have been directly affected by the fire, and they are now being cared for by the Ban Mai Nai Soi community of more than 11,000 people.
At 11 AM in the morning of Tuesday the 7th of April a fire broke out in section 12 and section 1 of the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. Fortunately there were no casualties, but 185 houses and 2 community buildings – a school and a psycho-social clinic - were totally destroyed by the flames. A video filmed by one of the residents can be seen here
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to some 2,912,300 baht for the “Project for construction of self-reliance support center and equip training facilities for minorities/migrants with disabilities in Sangklaburi, Kanchanaburi”.
On March 13, 2015, Mr. Mitsugu Saito, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan and Dr. Scott Murray, Chairman of Governing Committee of Sangklaburi Safe House (SSH), attended the inauguration of the project at the Embassy of Japan.
The Director’s Letter
Col. Joseph Martin, USAF
The normalisation of Burma/Myanmar’s international relations reached new heights in November 2014 with foreign leaders coming to Naypyidaw for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. The democratic transition appears to be on track for national elections to be held in the last quarter of 2015. However, the reform process seems increasingly fragile on a number of fronts.
NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC
FEWER LIVES LOST
In 2014, Asia and the Pacific experienced 126 natural disasters, which affected a total of 85 million people. Significantly, casualties were a quarter of what they were in 2013, with nearly 4,000 people killed by disasters in the region. Floods and landslides were the primary causes of death according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).
Ten years have passed since the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004. With a view to gathering, learning and sharing from experiences of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, and other disasters in the region that occurred between 1993 and 2013, the Tsunami Global Lessons Learned Project (TGLLP) was created. The project sought to deliver three principle outcomes: a global lessons learned study, a Discovery Channel documentary tracking the recovery, and a disaster recovery toolkit for recovery practitioners.