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20 Oct 2017 description

More countries need to step up and pledge their support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh amid an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, Amnesty International said today.

The meeting of high-level representatives of donor countries at the UN’s office in Geneva on Monday must include pledges of new money, including from countries in the region, to support rising numbers of Rohingya refugees who have sought shelter in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.

20 Oct 2017 description

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh 20 October 2017 - More than 700 000 people over the age of one year have been administered oral cholera vaccine in the first phase of a campaign here to protect the newly arrived Rohingya population and their host communities against the deadly diarrheal disease.

20 Oct 2017 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Kyaukkyi Township, Nyaunglebin District between January and May 2017, including land confiscation, education, Tatmadaw activities and two killing cases which were committed by Tatmadaw soldiers.

20 Oct 2017 description
report ChildFund Alliance

by Diana Quick

ChildFund Alliance is responding to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh, where more than 500,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border to escape civil conflict in Myanmar.

20 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Geneva Palais Briefing
This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

20 Oct 2017 description

Flood condition of Sittoung River

According to the (14:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Sittoung River has exceeded by about (½) foot at Toungoo above its danger level. It may remain above its danger level during the next (1) day.

Advisory

It is especially advised to the people who settle near the river bank and low lying area at Taungoo Township of Sittoung River, to take precaution measure.

20 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Violence in Myanmar driving Up to 12,000 Rohingya refugee children into Bangladesh every week – UNICEF

Cholera and malnutrition among main dangers as refugee camps swell

UNICEF urges donors to support humanitarian appeals ahead of international pledging conference

19 Oct 2017 description
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Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) - description

The Policy and Advocacy Task Team of the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) 1 recognizes the continuing generosity of the Government and people of Bangladesh in keeping their borders open to the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and violence in Myanmar.

The GBVAoR, in support of the Bangladesh GBV Sub-Sector, calls upon donors and states to:

19 Oct 2017 description

By Angela Hill/IFRC

Even after he was shot Naimullah kept walking.

His wound is the result of just one of many acts of violence he, his wife Johora, and their five children encountered while they were walking towards the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Johora gave birth the day they left their home; just hours later she fled carrying the newborn baby they named Nursahera.

During the 10 day journey, Naimullah said he saw bodies and burning homes. Two people in their group died before they reached the river marking the border.

19 Oct 2017 description

The crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 25 August is causing suffering on a catastrophic scale. The speed and scale of the influx have made it the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.1 Approximately 1.2 million people — new refugees, prior refugees and host communities — in Bangladesh are in urgent need of assistance.2 In September, CERF allocated US$7 million to assist the most vulnerable people fleeing violence in Myanmar and their host communities in Bangladesh.

19 Oct 2017 description

Sittwe/Yangon (MRCS/ICRC/IFRC) – The Red Cross has given emergency assistance to more than 28,000 people affected by violence in Rakhine since 25 August.

As well as distributing emergency items such as hygiene kits, mosquito nets, blankets and tarpaulins to 28,800 people (5,500 households), the Red Cross has provided food to more than 28,000 people and thousands have benefited from improved water and sanitation. Support to mobile clinics and seven health structures has also been given. Additionally, more than 5,000 people received cash grants.

19 Oct 2017 description

Speaking in yesterday’s Commons debate on “The persecution of the Rohingya by the Myanmar Government”, the Chair of the International Development Committee announced that members had agreed to inquire into DFID’s work in Bangladesh and Burma and would start by looking at the UK’s response to the humanitarian situation caused by the recent surge of Rohingya people fleeing from Burma to Bangladesh.

19 Oct 2017 description

The Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) Round 6 was finalized on 16 October, and has identified 582,000 new arrivals since 25 August. The increase in the number of new arrivals compared to the last report is not as a result of a significant influx of refugees across the border, but instead due to strengthened assessments within the settlements and host communities. The dataset and full report is available online.

19 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • With the support of the Rakhine State Government, WFP was able to resume food distributions in central Rakhine State, reaching 73,000 internally displaced and other most vulnerable populations in six townships.

  • Humanitarian access to the northern part of Rakhine State was severely affected by the August 25 security incidents and the ensuing violence, leaving an unidentified number of people in need of immediate food assistance.

Operational Updates

19 Oct 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

The conflict in Rakhine started in 2012 and displaced about 140,000 individuals. During the period 2015-16, about 25,000 IDPs were resettled near their original home by the government. On 9 October 2016 an armed group attack on border guards in Northern Rakhine and the retaliation by the Myanmar army caused severe unrest and affected the lives of thousands of people especially in Northern Rakhine. The violence intensified further on 25 August 2017.

19 Oct 2017 description
report DanChurchAid

Six weeks since August 25th - after the eruption of fresh terror in Rakhine State of Myanmar - the number of Rohingyas coming across the border to Bangladesh is slowly diminishing.

By Ishwar Rauniyar

However, the situation is far from normal. Thousands of Rohingyas are still living on one meal a day. The government and non-governmental agencies, including DCA, are working tirelessly to help these refugees fulfill their basic needs.