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24 Aug 2011 description

To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, this special issue of Disasters features a selection of the most relevant and original articles about refugee and displacement issues published by the journal over the past 35 years.

These articles provide a rich source of informed thinking on humanitarian responses to the needs of populations fleeing persecution, war and disaster, with much to contribute to our understanding of refugee and displacement crises past, present and future.

08 Jul 2011 description

Food prices will remain high into 2012

Although the FAO Global Food Price Index registered a slight decline during the month of May, the Organization forecast that food prices will remain high for the rest of this year and into 2012, according to the half-year Food Outlook report released in early June.

01 Jul 2011 description
report ACTED, People in Need

This report is the result of a household spending survey conducted within the framework of a USAID-funded Cash-for-Work (CFW) project. The project was implemented by the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and People in Need (PIN) between July 2010 and March 2011 in Madhu, Mannar Town, Musali DS Divisions (Mannar District), Maritimepattu DS Division (Mullaitivu District) and Karachchi DS Division (Kilinochchi District). The project targeted 7,000 households with cash transfers of 30,000 LKR.

01 Jul 2011 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 - The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved the following project:

IDA Credit: $10 million

Terms: Maturity = 20 years; Grace = 10 years

Project ID: P125855

Program Description: The objective of the project is to help conflict- and/or flood-affected communities and villages in North, East, and the adjoining areas by restoring their livelihoods, enhancing agricultural production and incomes, and building their capacity for sustainable social and economic reintegration.


30 Jun 2011 description

Mahieash Johnney in Sri Lanka

Following a disaster, National Societies often discover that small changes in a community can have the largest impact. This is especially the case when taking the hygiene and sanitation messages to communities devastated by the 2004 Asian tsunami. In Sri Lanka, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and its partner National Societies have been involved in bringing clean water to thousands of people in the final part of a comprensive water and sanitation programme.

30 Jun 2011 description

Volume 2, Issue 2, April to June 2011

Dengue: Lessons, Challenges and New Approaches


Introduction. Demographic factors, such as age and sex, are associated with the likelihood of exposure to Aedes aegypti, the vector for dengue. However, dengue date disaggregated by both sex and ageare not routinely reported or analyzed by national surveillance systems. This study analysed the reported number of incident dengue cases by age and sex for six countries in Asia.

29 Jun 2011 description

Mahieash Johnney in Sri Lanka

Acres and acres of green paddy fields welcome us and we drive along the road from Ampara to Pottuvil in Eastern Sri Lanka. The road is full of men and women travelling on bicycles and farmers herding water buffaloes; sights common to this part of the island.

As a journalist, I travelled the same route in mid-2005 but the scenery was very different then.

29 Jun 2011 description

Only 14, 725 to be resettled

The total number of IDPs is now reduced to 14, 725 with the Government's expedited resettlement process. This number includes 13 566 IDPs in Menik Farm Relief Village and 1, 159 IDPs in Jaffna Ramavil transit camp.

29 Jun 2011 description

917 more civilians of 285 families were resettled at Wallipuram in Puthukuduirippu area after completing de-mining operations underwent in the area today, 28th June.

Puthukuduirippu Assistant Government Agent (AGA) Mr S. Jayakanthan speaking to defence.lk said that each family was given Rs 20,000.00 to facilitate them to strengthen their livelihood. Further he said that Sri Lanka army collaborating with several NGOs made their maximum contribution to demining operations taken place before the resettlement.


29 Jun 2011 description

By Anthony H. Cordesman, Andrew C. Gagel Jun 29, 2011

The Burke Chair has prepared two new reports on terrorism in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia: 2007-2010. These reports draw on unclassified US reporting by the National Counterterrorism Center and the US Department of State.

27 Jun 2011 description

VAVUNIYA: Following unserviceable military items have been recovered by the field engineer troops and the DDG, MAG and MMIPE de mining teams in the suburbs of VAVUNIYA yesterday (26).

AP mines 85

A civilian belt 01

LTTE belt order 01

Batteries 04

Jungle ration packets 02

Electric mines 04

Jumping mines 01

KILINOCHCHI: The field engineer troops have recovered 2 feet detonator code and 4kg of C4 explosives mixed with soil in the MULANKAWIL area yesterday (26).

27 Jun 2011 description

Another programme has been launched for the development of schools to strengthen the right to education of the children in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The new programme was launched to develop schools in the most remote areas in Jaffna under the supervision of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Measures have been taken to improve the building facilities in Mahajana College in Thellippalai in the first phase. A three storied building consisting of class rooms, laboratory and library facilities is being constructed at the cost of 25 million rupees.

26 Jun 2011 description

(Hong Kong, June 26, 2011) On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Pictures by the Wayside and the Asian Human Rights Commission, present explaining why torture remains a key problem in Asia. The 15 minute video explains why torture is one of the most difficult human rights issues to address, why the continued use of torture plays such a central role in Asian societies, and how it affects victims. The video is online available at