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10 Jan 2018 description

By Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rolling up the sleeves of her long black robe to reveal a scar from a cigarette burn on her arm, refugee Sara shows how her husband pressed a pillow over her face to shut her up when he attacked her.

The abuse began as soon as they got married in 2009, just a year after Sara had fled her home in Myanmar, where her fellow Rohingya - an ethnic Muslim minority - are shunned and persecuted in the Buddhist-majority nation.

09 Jan 2018 description

by Roli Srivastava | @Rolionaroll | Thomson Reuters Foundation Friday, 5 January 2018 06:00 GMT

"The agent had promised me a good life in India. I believed him. I was not scared when I crossed over to India"

By Roli Srivastava

NUH, India, Jan 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sold for $130 to work as a rag picker in the northern Indian town of Mathura, Rohingya refugee Abdul Rahman lived in a tenement of stitched together polythene bags and pined for his home and the lush farmland he owned in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

27 Dec 2017 description

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota

The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked 10 aid agencies to name their top priorities for 2018

BOGOTA, Dec 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Violence, displacement and hunger will drive record humanitarian needs in 2018, with nearly 136 million people worldwide in need of aid, according to the United Nations.

The U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has appealed for a record $22.5 billion for humanitarian responses across the globe.

20 Sep 2017 description

"The sheer number of people pouring in, the magnitude of the situation is quite overwhelming"

By Rina Chandran

MUMBAI, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dozens of midwives have been deployed to camps in Bangladesh to deliver babies and help young mothers among the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border from Myanmar and are now living in squalid settlements.

07 Sep 2017 description

ASIA-ROHINGYA/AID:Mediterranean rescue ship sets sail to aid Rohingya - charity chief

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Sept 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A charity ship that rescued migrants in the Mediterranean is sailing to the Bay of Bengal to deliver food, clothing and medical assistance to Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, the group's head said on Wednesday.

22 Aug 2017 description

Drones could plant trees 10 times faster and cut costs by half

By Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fast-dwindling mangroves in Myanmar's low-lying Ayeyarwady Delta, ravaged by decades of deforestation and conversion of land for agriculture and aquaculture, could find an unlikely saviour - drones.

Mangroves protect coastlines in the face of storms and rising sea levels, absorb carbon from the atmosphere, and boost fish stocks, experts say.

20 Jun 2017 description

Men under 50 were most at risk

By Emma Batha

LONDON, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of recorded suicides and attempted suicides has soared at Thailand's largest camp for refugees from Myanmar, the International Organization for Migration said on Monday as it called for urgent action to treat high levels of distress.

12 May 2017 description

By Nita Bhalla

JAMMU, India, May 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was around 3 a.m. when Abdul Kader was awoken by his children's screams as flames spread through their corrugated iron and wood shack and dense smoke filled the air.

The 37-year-old burkha seller and his family escaped last month's blaze unhurt, as did the six other Muslim Rohingya refugee families living there, but it has left the community in India's northern city of Jammu fearful and on edge.

25 Apr 2017 description

by Beh Lih Yi | @BehLihYi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:00 GMT

"Revolutionary" app aims to increase public empathy toward the plight of refugees

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ping on Kathijah's phone. The Rohingya girl picks up the message, it is from her brother Ishak in Myanmar.

"Kat, r u safe?" he writes. "It was a raid, they found us. Had to run," he said, before sending a video message of him running in a jungle that was abruptly cut off.

11 Mar 2017 description

by Thin Lei Win | @thinink | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 10 March 2017 07:00 GMT

In parched lands, families grow food in gardens using drip irrigation, hydroponics and soil moisture sensors to cut down on over-irrigation and save water

By Thin Lei Win

PAKOKKU, Myanmar, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myo Myint fondly remembers when his one-acre farm regularly produced 100 baskets of rice. But as rainfall became erratic in this arid region, he started growing betel leaves, a less thirsty cash crop.

08 Mar 2017 description

"The joy of tiger worms is that they reproduce faster with the more poo they have to feed off"

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, March 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tiger worm toilets which turn human waste into fertiliser could prove to be an affordable and sustainable sanitation solution for increasingly crowded slums and refugee camps across the developing world, water and sanitation experts say.

26 Nov 2016 description

by Beh Lih Yi | @BehLihYi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 25 November 2016 12:06 GMT

Rohingya residents and human rights groups accuse the military and border guard forces of raping Rohingya women, torching houses and killing civilians

By Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The conflict in Myanmar's northwestern state of Rakhine has sent hundreds of Rohingya Muslims fleeing across the border to Bangladesh, and has killed at least 86 people and displaced some 30,000 so far.

24 Nov 2016 description

Many refugees are trapped in a limbo in Malaysia as they are not allowed to work legally while resettlement to a third country remains a slow process

By Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday it was working with Malaysia on a pilot scheme to allow refugees from Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority to work in the country, in a move that it described as a "win-win" solution.

23 Nov 2016 description

When bad weather destroys crops, women have limited options - but building community savings groups could help

By Zoe Tabary

MEIKTILA, Myanmar, Nov 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ma Nwe places a rock the size of a baseball at her feet, then tightens the string holding her bamboo hat in place.

"I can't risk it falling off," she explained, squinting in the sun. "It's only going to get hotter as the day goes on."

30 Aug 2016 description

by Beh Lih Yi | @BehLihYi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 03:00 GMT

Having escaped poverty and persecution in Myanmar, Rohingya end up in limbo in Malaysia, where it is illegal for them to work and they wait years for resettlement to another country

By Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first time he tried to escape a tough existence in his village in western Myanmar in 2004, Junaid Zafar was thrown in jail for five years.

29 Jan 2016 description

Source: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:14 GMT

Author: Thin Lei Win

YANGON, Jan 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations' its needs until the end of 2016. The organisation provided food and cash assistance to 1.2 million people in 2015, including victims

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