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09 Feb 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Military Obliged to Protect Civilians in Operations

(Rangoon) – The Burmese military should ensure that humanitarian aid reaches all civilians in need in northern Burma’s Kachin State, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 5, 2018, approximately 5,000 people demonstrated in Myitkyina, the state capital, against the Burmese military operations in the state.

09 Feb 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar – As fears mount for the safety of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh ahead of the impending monsoon season, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has launched a major roll out of materials to help 120,000 households in camps and local communities make vital improvements to their shelters.

08 Feb 2018 description

With conflict and climate-related shocks sending global hunger numbers marching back up after declining for decades, FAO is asking for $1.06 billion to save lives and livelihoods and address acute hunger in 26 countries.

08 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) is assisting the Communicating with Communities (CwC) Working Group with initiatives to complement the existing set up of the information centres in refugee camps and to expand the coverage of a community radio in Teknaf.

  • As part of the Joint Response Plan (JRP) exercise, the ETS identified its priorities for 2018 and revised its funding requirements accordingly.

08 Feb 2018 description

COX’S BAZAR, 7th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The Zayed Humanitarian Hospital has launched an advanced unit to treat children in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, under the supervision of a UAE-Bangladeshi voluntary medical team and as part of a joint initiative led by the Zayed Giving Initiative.

The unit aims to provide the best diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services for refugee children, through its specialist medical staff and advanced medical equipment, which will be used for the first time in Rohingya refugee camps.

08 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District during the period between January and October 2016, including development projects, military and Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) movement, education, healthcare and the region’s social and economic situation.

08 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Lu Thaw Township and Dwe Lo Township, Hpapun District during the period between May and July 2016, including unresolved killing cases, rape and discrimination against Muslims.

08 Feb 2018 description

The Myanmar security forces’ devastating campaign against the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State is far from over, Amnesty International said today, as it published new evidence of ongoing violations that have forced hundreds more people to flee in recent weeks.

08 Feb 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

Spreading clashes between the Myanmar army and an ethnic armed group in eastern Myanmar’s Shan state have forced more than 150 residents of the town of Kutkai to flee to safety to Theinni town, local lawmakers said Tuesday.

Ongoing hostilities between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the government military and occasional clashes between the TNLA and a rival ethnic militia — the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) — have forced thousands of residents in northern Shan state to flee their homes and seek shelter in Buddhist monasteries.

07 Feb 2018 description

Syrian government intensifies airstrikes and chemical weapons attacks on civilians

As the civil war in Syria approaches its seventh anniversary, civilians across the country continue to face mass atrocities, including the use of chemical weapons. Despite the designation of the opposition-held areas of Idlib and eastern Ghouta as “de-escalation zones” following a May 2017 agreement between the governments of Syria, Russia, Iran and Turkey, both areas have experienced relentless airstrikes throughout the last week.

07 Feb 2018 description

More than one million Muslim Rohingya forced to flee from Myanmar now live in camps in south-eastern Bangladesh. In this excerpt from our Watch List 2018, Crisis Group urges the EU and its member states to increase funding for refugee assistance and use diplomatic leverage to find a compromise on the issue of refugee repatriation.

07 Feb 2018 description

Total requirements: $23.18 B

People in need: 137.0 M

People to receive aid: 94.0 M

Countries affected: 26

07 Feb 2018 description

FALAM, Myanmar – Ngun Hlei was lucky to have seen a midwife during her third pregnancy. Many women in Myanmar don’t.

“I felt very unwell for many months during that pregnancy. But what could I do? I carried on with my work making snacks for selling at the market,” she explained recently in the rural town of Falam, in north-western Myanmar.

“I didn’t stop to think that there could be a serious problem until I saw the midwife,” she added.

07 Feb 2018 description

Geneva, 7 February 2018

As delivered

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues,

I am delighted to be here today to open the first strategic meeting of the Leading Edge Programme.

Before we proceed, I would like to acknowledge and thank the Government of Switzerland for generously hosting us here this week, as well as the UK Department for International Development for its continuous support to the Leading Edge Programme.

07 Feb 2018 description

Rome, 1 February 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) works with refugees through a style that we call “accompaniment”: in our service to refugees, and our advocacy with them, we attempt to enter into the world of the refugees, “walking with them” as we often express it; and if we allow it we find that our own lives are radically transformed through that shared journey.

07 Feb 2018 description

Going shelter to shelter in Bangladesh camps, volunteer community health workers help ensure refugees get access to medical services and treatment.

By Caroline Gluck | 07 February 2018

NAYAPARA CAMP, Bangladesh – A community health refugee volunteer, Zafor Hossein knew the signs and symptoms of diphtheria to look out for as he went from shelter to shelter in this sprawling refugee settlement - then one 17-year-old girl caught his eye.