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08 Jan 2019 description

At the start of 2019, there was a slight decline in the overall levels of political violence and protest in South and Southeast Asia from late 2018. Still, the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 was marked by large-scale political violence during the Bangladesh general elections, a significant increase in battles between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army in Myanmar, and a spate of bombings in southern Thailand tied to the separatist conflict.

08 Jan 2019 description

Libya continues to be a transit point for departure from North Africa towards Europe. UNHCR's interventions at disembarkation points in Libya focus on the provision of life-saving assistance and protection monitoring, to identify persons in need of international protection, as well as vulnerable individuals, such as unaccompanied and separated children, elderly, medical cases, women at risk or victims of trafficking. UNHCR through its partner International Medical Corps provides medical services and core relief items.

07 Jan 2019 description

Philippus Wester
Arabinda Mishra
Aditi Mukherji
Arun Bhakta Shrestha


07 Jan 2019 description

In Numbers

12,464 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 2.9 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 199 m total confirmed contribution for Cox’s Bazar L3 Emergency Response

US$ 43.01 m six months (Dec 2018 - May 2019) net funding requirements for CSP of which US$

38.83 m is for Cox’s Bazar L3 Emergency Response

1.3 m people assisted in November 2018

Operational Updates

07 Jan 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight

Security Incidents and Access Constraints



05 November 2018: The Burundian government announced that 25 INGOs who had their registration suspended on 16 September 2018 for not complying with Burundian law, are now re-registered.
Meanwhile, the registration of 11 others are still not registered for action. Source: Radio Tèlèvision Nationale du Burundi


06 Jan 2019 description


Executive Summary

06 Jan 2019 description
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Chittagonian and Rohingya:

So near and yet so far

At the start of every TWB language training, the attendees are given a worksheet with five images – a dog, window, pregnant woman, mountain, and a child. The worksheet is not just an ice-breaker exercise; their task is to identify the names of the images in Bangla, Chittagonian (also known as Chatgaya), and Rohingya. They start by whispering to each other quietly, but in a matter of minutes, loud debates erupt.

“That’s not how you say dog in Chittagonian!”

04 Jan 2019 description

Minhaj Uddin Ahmed explains how UNHCR has stepped up efforts in Bangladesh to address the massive water and sanitation needs of Rohingya refugees and their hosts.

By Caroline Gluck | 04 January 2019

04 Jan 2019 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani

Location: Geneva
Date: 4 January 2019
Subject: Bangladesh

04 Jan 2019 description


  • Community Outreach Members: One Year in Action

  • Rohingya students, parents and teachers participate in education fair

  • UNHCR to install 1,000 solar street lights

  • Phase 2 registration/ verification exercise

UNHCR and its protection partners plan to strengthen the field capacity of partners and refugee mobilisers, and promote sustainable interventions and community resilience in 2019.

04 Jan 2019 description

Donations collected as a part of the “Protect Rohingya” aid campaign initiated by the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) continue to be the hope of the Rohingya refugees.

Regular food aid distributed to Rohingya refugees who found shelter in Bangladesh in the aftermath of systematic massacre in Myanmar continues.

2.000 food baskets were distributed in the refugee camp no. 10 located in Kutupalong-Balukhali Refugee camp on December 30, 2018. The total of food baskets distributed in the area reached 24.000 with the last distribution.

04 Jan 2019 description


The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (39 percent of total). Syrians constitute 19 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Bangladeshis.

In total, 337 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 36 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.

03 Jan 2019 description
report NIRAPAD

Overview of Hazard Incidents in December, 2018

Fire was the only hazard in December with 16 incidents which took place in six districts correspondingly Dhaka, Gazipur, Chattogram, Narayanganj, Habiganj and Nilphamari. Among these, Dhaka faced the highest frequency of fire (five incidents). Due to the incidents of fire, four persons were killed and 14 were injured. Also, four cows were killed along with seven cattle houses were burnt with a loss of BDT 800,000.