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31 Dec 2010 description

These guidelines are intended to help Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) incorporate effective gender-sensitive and inclusive approaches into their disaster management strategies when assisting communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

31 Dec 2010 description
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 [

31 Dec 2010 description
report CGIAR


In developing countries where access to and use of renewable natural resources essential to rural livelihoods are highly contested, improving cooperation in their management is increasingly seen as an important element in strategies for peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and longer-term social-ecological resilience.

31 Dec 2010 description

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.

29 Dec 2010 description

YANGON, Myanmar, December 29 (UNHCR) - In a place where jobs are scarce and social mores discourage women from working outside the home the opportunity to learn a new skill and contribute to the family income received an enthusiastic response from the female residents Mee-chaung-zay, a remote village in Myanmar's northern Rakine state.

Thirty-seven year old Azeevahar, a Muslim woman in a community that also includes Hindus, Rakine and Bamar residents, was one of the first to enroll in the advanced sewing course, which is funded by UNHCR, and she is hoping she will be able to pass on …

28 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

RAKHINE STATE, 28 December 2010 (IRIN) - Farmers and fishermen in western parts of Myanmar hit by Cyclone Giri in October are struggling as they lack the basic equipment they need to earn a living, and help is slow to arrive.

"I have no seeds to grow, no buffalo to plough, no money to hire day-labourers to work in my fields," said Ba Tin, 36, who lost his entire rice paddy crop (on 2.4 hectares) and two buffaloes to the category four storm which struck four townships of Rakhine State on 22 October, killing 45 and affecting another 250,000 people.

In a village a five-hour …

28 Dec 2010 description

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 over 70 children informed UNHCR …

27 Dec 2010 description
report The Irrawaddy

By KO HTWE Monday, December 27, 2010

An unseasonal three days of continuous rain has caused significant damage to salt fields and rice thrashing grounds in lower Burma.

Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Monday, Tun Lwin, the retired director-general of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, said that low pressure weather patterns that occurred over Southern India and Sari Lanka formed storms in early December that passed over Burma.

"The effect of the storms made nearly three continuous days of rain during the second week of December," Tun Lwin said.

Hundreds of …

27 Dec 2010 description

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 country presence (i.e.

27 Dec 2010 description
report The 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 villages," said Blooming Night Zan, the joint …

24 Dec 2010 description
report 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.

22 Dec 2010 description
report Save the Children

22 December 2010 - Local communities in Myanmar have shown remarkable resilience in coping with the destruction caused by Cyclone Giri, which killed at least 45 people and affected 260,000 others two months ago, with substantial food, healthcare and emergency shelters distributed.

"Humanitarian emergency assistance is forthcoming, and people are slowly starting to rebuild their communities with what little they have left and the aid they are receiving," the UN Resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli told international donors on his return to Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, …

21 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

RAKHINE STATE, 21 December 2010 (IRIN) - Aye Mya always struggled to provide food for her family, but after Cyclone Giri that task has become almost impossible.

"Now it's even harder to put a meal on the table for my family," said Aye Mya, a 36-year-old single mother of two, as she cooked the family's first meal of the day at lunchtime outside her makeshift hut in a small village in western Rakhine State - a four hour-motorboat ride away from Myebon, the hardest-hit area.

The category 4 storm that struck western Myanmar on 22 October killed 45 and affected some …

20 Dec 2010 description

Myanmar ATS situation worsening

20 December 2010 - According to the latest Myanmar Situation Assessment on Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS), the manufacture, trafficking and consumption of synthetic drugs in the country and region is worsening.

Published by UNODC, the report indicates that the impact of methamphetamine and other ATS trafficked from Myanmar affects not only the country's immediate neighbours but also parts of East and South-East Asia.

20 Dec 2010 description

Yangon, 20 December --- Local communities have demonstrated remarkable resilience in coping with the destructions caused by Cyclone Giri, which struck on 22 October.

20 Dec 2010 description

Yangon, 20 December --- Local communities have demonstrated remarkable resilience in coping with the destructions caused by Cyclone Giri, which struck on 22 October.

19 Dec 2010 description


- The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, together with UNHCR, WFP country representatives and the OCHA head of office visited the cyclone affected areas on 13-15 December.