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07 Apr 2017 description

This Short Update describes events occurring in Hlaingbwe Township, Hpa-an District between March and October 2016, including forced relocation, a demonstration held by villagers and the problem of landmines.

  • Villagers in Kloo Htaw village tract and Meh P’Roh village tract were forced to relocate by the Border Guard Force (BGF).

23 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Partial access for life-saving food assistance to Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships in northern Rakhine was granted in mid-December.

  • Ongoing conflicts in the northern regions of Shan State caused access restrictions to WFP’s operations and ability to conduct needs assessments in the affected area.

  • Armed conflicts in Kachin State continue to impede WFP’s access to displaced people in the state.

Operational Updates

23 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Rohingya refugees continue to arrive at Cox’s Bazar from Myanmar, though the situation is stabilising. Verifications of the reported numbers in makeshift settlements are ongoing. The humanitarian community has access for discrete emergency assistance only, but more sustainable solutions are to be found by the Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh.

18 Jan 2017 description

Monthly Activities Report December – 2016

 01/12/2016 – KRC committee reviewed its 2016 activities and also planned for coming 2017 activities.

 1-2/12/2016 – KRC Education Coordinator attended Education Stakeholder meeting at Mae Sariang in relation to advocacy work for the recognition of students and teachers and at the same time discussed about the future plan for coming year.

 02/12/2016 – KRC and Partner’s NGOs organized bi-monthly meeting at KRC office and discussed about general issues related to camp’s programs.

03 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

East Asia and the Pacific region remains extremely prone to natural hazards, with significant human casualties and economic losses – more than 40 million people were affected by disasters in 2015. Children are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards, and suffer short-term and long-lasting negative impacts on health, nutrition, protection and education. Population growth, rapid urbanization and climate change continue to exacerbate the impact of disasters, which are expected to occur more frequently and with greater intensely, and to impact larger populations in the coming years.

30 Dec 2016 description

An Overview of Non-Traditional Security

Vishalini Chandara Sagar The study of Non-Traditional Security (NTS) emerged during the post-Cold War period due to significant shifts in the way we understand global security. As risks of traditional inter-state wars and conflicts decline, new security challenges, which are typically non-military in nature, have transpired from transnational threats.

Studies have shown that NTS crises have resulted in more deaths and have had a substantially larger impact on people over time than conventional military threats.

30 Dec 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

A third Muslim man whom the Myanmar government said had worked closely with local administrative officials in restive northern Rakhine state has been found dead in violence-ridden Maungdaw township, the State Counselor’s Office announced on Wednesday.

Authorities are investigating the murder of the man who was a former ward administrator in Badakar village and had been working with local authorities on regional development activities, the announcement said.

29 Dec 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s Rakhine state parliament criticized state government leaders on Wednesday for not showing up to discuss an investigation commission’s report on deadly border guard station attacks in October and subsequent violence in the northern part of the state.

The state-level investigation commission submitted a report to Rakhine lawmakers on Tuesday, saying that the October attack and ensuing clashes were planned by Muslim militants who wanted to occupy Buthidaung, Maungdaw, and Rathedaung townships, where many of the country’s stateless Rohingya Muslim minority group live.

28 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP assisted 27,000 people in need of food assistance from both Muslims and Rakhine communities in northern Rakhine State.

  • With recent armed conflicts in northern Rakhine and Shan States, WFP’s operations are limited in most areas due to restrictions on movement and access.

  • WFP expanded the school feeding programme to four new states and regions, effectively adding 16,000 schoolchildren to the programme.

Operational Updates

28 Dec 2016 description

Dhaka, 28 December 2016 – The European Commission is allocating € 300 000 (BDT 24,941,382) in humanitarian aid funding to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees who have recently fled from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh. The aid will directly benefit 7 500 newly arrived refugees in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar.

27 Dec 2016 description

PHILIPPINES

On 25 December, Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally known as Nina) made landfall over Catanduanes province as a Category 3 typhoon. As of 27 December, Nock-Ten affected an estimated 112,000 people in four regions (Regions IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII). Before landfall, nearly 430,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated. The Government is leading ongoing relief operations and assessments. To date, no deaths have been confirmed by authorities. The typhoon continues to weaken as it moves further off shore.

112,000 people affected

27 Dec 2016 description

Aid from the Rakhine State Government reached 12 villages in Maungtaw Township, northern Rakhine State, on Saturday.

More than 250 rice bags supplied by the Rakhine State Government were delivered to 12 villages by officials of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and the organization MAUK Serving Humanity.

24 Dec 2016 description

Key messages

  • The Rohingya crisis is a human rights crisis with serious humanitarian consequences. In Myanmar/Burma, the Rohingya have very limited access to basic services and viable livelihood opportunities due to strict movement restrictions. The statelessness of and the discrimination against the Rohingya must urgently be addressed

22 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable prospects for 2016/17 early season crops

  • Rice production in 2016 forecast to recover

  • Rice exports in 2016 forecast to decrease

  • Prices of rice have decreased sharply in recent months

  • Floods for second consecutive year severely affected large number of people

Favourable weather conditions at start of 2016/17 early cropping season

20 Dec 2016 description

NEEDS & KEY FIGURES

About 218,000 displaced people, of whom 78 percent are women and children, remain in camps or camp-like situations in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine. This includes 87,000 people in Kachin and 11,000 in Shan who were displaced as a result of the armed conflict that resumed in 2011 and that continues to displace people.

19 Dec 2016 description

Foreword

Hunger is not inevitable As 2016 comes to an end, almost 130-million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Throughout the year, natural hazards, conflict and protracted crises have placed a particularly heavy burden on the poor, who are often extremely vulnerable to shocks. Across 22-affected areas, 70-million people are currently in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 3 or above.