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16 Feb 2018 description
report Theirworld

Elaine Hunter - Early childhood development writer

Child-friendly facilities make vulnerable youngsters feel secure - and help them to develop through play and learning.

They have fled conflict and witnessed brutal atrocities. But the battle to save Rohingya children has just begun.

15 Feb 2018 description

Representatives from many nations, including more than 65 UN and international and regional NGOs, will attend the Feb 26-27 event organised by KSrelief

RIYADH, February 15 (CIC) – Riyadh will host Saudi Arabia’s first International Humanitarian Forum on February 26-27. The objective of the forum is to provide a “unique opportunity to look at changing global humanitarian needs and to formulate new practical and efficient responses”, according to organizers.

14 Feb 2018 description

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, has restated the organization’s commitment to providing food assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, in Rome on Monday, Beasley thanked her Government for its support to people fleeing violence in Myanmar.

14 Feb 2018 description
report Malteser

Mega camp at risk from flooding and landslides in the upcoming monsoon season

Cologne/ Cox’s Bazar. Malteser International believes that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh may remain in the country for many years to come. “They have faced serious human rights violations. Their villages have been razed and burned down. Almost every refugee in the camp has lost a relative,” says Cordula Wasser, Asia Team Leader at Malteser International. The massive mega camp will also be at risk from flooding and mudslides when the monsoon season comes.

11 Feb 2018 description
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February 11th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched an expanded relief intervention for the Rohingya refugees who fled the violence in Rakhine, Myanmar, to Bangladesh.
The $500,000 project is funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). It is aimed at meeting the urgent needs of refugees in Cox's Bazar City, by covering the sectors of shelter, food and nonfood items, and water and sanitation.
Till the end of January 2018, a total of 18,761 families (112,566 people) have been reached out with the following services:

10 Feb 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

Matthew Wells is a Senior Crisis Advisor at Amnesty International, and has just returned from two weeks of research in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Abdu Salam stayed in his village as Myanmar soldiers and local vigilantes burned down dozens of homes there last August. He stayed as news spread of atrocities that soldiers had committed in other Rohingya villages across northern Rakhine State. He stayed because Hpon Nyo Leik village was his home, the only home he’d known, and he wanted to protect his family’s property and right to live there.

09 Feb 2018 description
report IHH

Minister of Culture and Tourism Numan Kurtulmuş and his accompanying team visited the Coordination Center, which IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has opened in Bangladesh after the Arakan crisis, to get information about the work.

Minister of Culture and Tourism Numan Kurtulmuş, who visited the camps of Arakanese Muslims in Cox's Bazar city of Bangladesh near Myanmar, went to IHH Coordination Center and received information about the foundation's activities in the region.

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.

06 Feb 2018 description

Violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar has led to over 600,000 people fleeing over the border to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017. Most of these people arrived with few or no possessions and are reliant on humanitarian aid to survive. Almost 60 percent of new arrivals are children.

Australia is working closely with humanitarian partners to provide assistance to displaced people and host communities, both in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Australia's humanitarian assistance

04 Feb 2018 description

Refugees have multiple concerns about camp safety, food and children, new UNHCR assessment shows. But they also draw strength from community bonds.

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The violence that forced over 640,000 Rohingya from their Myanmar homes left Sahar, 18, without kin. Her mother, father and brother were all burned alive before she escaped the carnage with little more than her life.

02 Feb 2018 description

STOCKHOLM – The Swedish Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement, with Sweden making a historic commitment of approximately US$370 million in flexible funds to WFP over the next four years (2018 to 2021). The contribution is the largest ever made by a donor within a WFP Strategic Partnership Agreement.

01 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Justin Forsyth

I was shocked by the stories I heard from Rohingya children on my recent visit to Bangladesh + to see the work of UNICEF and its partners to help 680,000 Rohingya refugees, 58% of which are children.

01 Feb 2018 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar.
The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.

30 Jan 2018 description

KUALA LUMPUR, 29th January, 2018 (WAM) -- A UAE-Malaysian humanitarian aircraft took off from Kuala Lumpur on its way to the camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, carrying relief supplies for Rohingya refugees, as part of the joint efforts of the UAE and Malaysia to help the refugees.

Khalid Ghanem Al Ghaith, UAE Ambassador to Malaysia, Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razzaq, Malaysian Prime Minister, and Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Minister of Defence and Minister with Special Functions at the Prime Minister's Department and Chief of Staff, attended the plane’s departure.

26 Jan 2018 description
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DHAKA, JANUARY 25, 2018 – Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced $18.4 million to the UN World Food Program to provide emergency food assistance to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh.

24 Jan 2018 description
  • Since 19 January fighting between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the Kachin Independent Army has resumed in Sumprabum and Hpakan townships, with multiple rounds of heavy artillery fired, including from helicopters. The fighting has affected villages and an IDP camp, prompting over 700 people to flee into forest areas. This is the second displacement for these villagers: they were displaced in 2012 and had returned in 2016.

24 Jan 2018 description
report Trócaire

Val Morgan

Along a small strip of land on Bangladesh’s south-east coast lie the Rohingya refugee camps.

Military check points prevent the Rohingya people from dispersing further across the country.

Despite the efforts of those working in the camps, conditions are appalling and likely to worsen still. Over 860,000 Rohingya live on rugged land covering 15km by 12km. Over 620,000 people have arrived since last August alone, overwhelming the already existing camps and those trying to help.

19 Jan 2018 description

Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.