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31 Dec 2013 description
report IRIN

KACHIN STATE, 31 December 2013 (IRIN) - Confidence-building is key to a genuine ceasefire in Myanmar's northern Kachin State, where more than 100,000 people are still displaced, experts and analysts say.

31 Dec 2013 description

The international community is deeply concerned by the dire humanitarian situation faced by internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Taung Paw camp in Myebon Township, Rakhine State and strongly urges the Union Government to ensure immediate, full, and unimpeded humanitarian access to those in need. The deteriorating living conditions in the camp have created an inhumane environment for camp residents.

31 Dec 2013 description

Camp Fires and Emergency Response

December 27 Fire in Mae La camp

On Friday December 27, a fire broke out in section C3A of Mae La camp at about 1:30pm. With weather conditions cold but dry, the fire quickly spread and engulfed a school, an adjoining boarding school, and over 100 households.

31 Dec 2013 description
report The Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN

RANGOON – Educating street kids is not an easy task. The kids are often more interested in making their own money than sitting in a classroom, according to one educator who is working to change that.

Decades of poverty in Burma, and the ignorance of many parents about their responsibilities to their children, mean that many youngsters nationwide stay away from formal schooling.

31 Dec 2013 description

The Burmese government has reached what one observer said was an 80 percent consensus with the ethnic groups on a framework to implement a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

The news comes after a meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Sunday between the Internal Peace Making Work Committee (IPMWC) and a Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) representing the ethnic parties.

31 Dec 2013 description
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Executive Summary

Recent decades have seen Thailand evolve into a regional migration hub in South-East Asia. Thailand has enjoyed healthy economic growth supported by its export-oriented businesses. As a result, Thailand has been experiencing an excess demand for low-skilled workers. Over the years, this gap has gradually been filled by low-skilled migrant workers from neighbouring countries, enabling the labour-intensive sectors to maintain Thailand’s economic growth. At present, Thailand plays host to around 3.5 million migrants, roughly 3 million of whom are working.

31 Dec 2013 description
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31 Dec 2013 description

Total Assessments 102

Verified Return Villages 23

Refugee Villages of Origin 54

Background information

31 Dec 2013 description

Turkish Red Crescent responds to country-wide disasters and emergencies in coordination with National Disaster Management through 9 District and 24 Local Disaster Management & Operation Centers. The Disaster Response Activities are conducted with the involvement of 260 disaster relief staff and other staff that work in other units of the institution across country.

Throughout 2013, there were approximately 134 emergencies as a result of the natural and man-made disasters. The emergencies and disasters responded by the Turkish Red Crescent in 2013 are as follows:

31 Dec 2013 description

PANORAMA GLOBAL DE L’ACTION HUMANITAIRE DE L’ADMINISTRATION FRANÇAISE

Le Centre de crise : mission pour l’action humanitaire

31 Dec 2013 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and offshore processing centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

31 Dec 2013 description

Executive Summary

This report describes the activities, programmes, and key achievements of TBC during the period of July to December 31, 2013. This six-month report analyses programme outputs and results as they pertain toTBC’s Strategic Directions and Strategic Plan 2013-2017.  

30 Dec 2013 description
report MERCY Malaysia

Update from the capital city of Rakhine state, Myanmar.

Sittwe, December 31, 2013 - Early Winter morning and our clinic is already full. Really grateful for a medical team from different parts of Myanmar including from local Rakhine to bring hope and medical care to the IDP camps here.

30 Dec 2013 description

Update on Sitrep from 27 December 2013

In the immediate response to the fire on Friday, 27 December, Ministry of Interior (MOI) local officials, the Royal Thai Army and Thai fire trucks responded quickly to control the fire and bring it under control around 16:00. An emergency response coordination meeting was held in the Mae La Camp Commander’s office with MOI (Province of Tak Deputy Governor, Chief of District Office Tha Song Yang), Royal Thai Army, UNHCR, Karen Refugee Committee representatives (KRC), Camp Committee Management personnel (CMP) and NGOs at around 16:30.

30 Dec 2013 description

At around 14:00 on Friday 27 December, TBC was notified of a fire in Mae La camp. Staff from the TBC Mae Sot office immediately proceeded to the camp to provide support and make an initial assessment of the situation.

Information so far is that approximately 100 houses in Section C3A have been destroyed or badly damaged by the fire, affecting between 500 to 600 people. Information at the time of writing is that 3 people have been injured.

30 Dec 2013 description

At around 13:00 on Saturday 28 December, TBC was notified of a fire in Ban Mai Nai Soi camp in Mae Hong Son Province. Staff from the TBC Mae Hong Son office entered the camp later that afternoon to provide support and make an initial assessment of the situation.

28 Dec 2013 description
report The Irrawaddy

By YEN SNAING / THE IRRAWADDY

RANGOON — The immense popularity of Facebook in Burma has turned the social networking site into the default medium for most Burmese internet users, and with its growing popularity has also come an increased use of Facebook for social activism and charity fundraising.

The power of this new development was on show in early November when Kyi Lin, a betel nut seller in Pegu town posted a photo on his Facebook page of 93-year-old independence fighter Thakin Hla Kyaing begging at Pegu Bridge.

27 Dec 2013 description

About 120 homes were destroyed and two people were injured on Friday in a blaze that devastated the Mae La refugee camp, about 60km north of Mae Sot on the Thai side of the border with Burma.

Naw Day Day Poe, secretary of the refugee camp, said the fire broke out in the camp’s Zone C-3 around 2pm and left 120 wooden houses destroyed while 40 others were dissembled by the camp’s residents to prevent the fire from spreading.

27 Dec 2013 description

Message from the Dean

Dear Readers,

The year drew to a close with Super Typhoon Haiyan devastating the Philippines. Extreme weather events are not only becoming more frequent. They are increasing in magnitude around the world. Yet, action at the global level on climate change remains anaemic. Concerted global and regional action on such cross-cutting issues remains difficult, partly because they impinge on issues of sovereignty and responsibility, and also because of the multitude of interests that clamour for a voice.