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22 Feb 2019 description

Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa, Canada, 22 February 2019

As delivered

A few days after starting this job, in September 2017, I went to Diffa in Niger, on the border with Nigeria, a place to which huge numbers of people, most of them women and girls, had fled from the Boko Haram terrorists who were wreaking havoc in their homelands.

I met a woman called Achaitou, and her four young children.

20 Feb 2019 description

The emergency room of Sadar Hospital in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, is bustling with activity. A rickshaw-puller who was severely injured in an accident is rushed in by some people. As doctors and nurses start treating him, while checking on many others who are in need of critical care, the only thing they have on mind is to do whatever it takes to save his life. For the staff of Sadar Hospital's emergency room, this high-pressure scene has become an everyday story.

19 Feb 2019 description

The UK is providing vital humanitarian aid to many of the one million Rohingya refugees and vulnerable local communities in Cox’s Bazar.

The plight of the Rohingya refugees must not be forgotten, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said during her second visit to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

The UK is providing vital humanitarian aid to many of the one million Rohingya refugees and vulnerable local communities in Cox’s Bazar.

19 Feb 2019 description

19/02/2019 Nay Pyi Taw The Government of Myanmar and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today signed a multi-year framework agreement that will create an enabling environment to improve nutrition and food security in Myanmar, while safeguarding and sustainably managing the use of natural resources.

19 Feb 2019 description


  • Humanitarian access restrictions prevent at least 50,000 people from receiving assistance in Rakhine

  • The 2019 JRP for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis requests $920.5 million to meet the needs of 1.2 million people in Bangladesh

  • USG announces $60 million in humanitarian assistances towards the 2019 JRP


18 Feb 2019 description

International Development Secretary calls for most vulnerable to be given a say in Burma's future after shifting the work of UK aid to help disadvantaged and conflict-affected people.

On her first visit to Burma, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt called for the most vulnerable to be given a say in their country’s future after shifting the work of UK aid there to help disadvantaged and conflict-affected people.

Her words come after the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Rakhine State and violations in Kachin and Shan States, all in Burma.

18 Feb 2019 description


During the past week, forest fires and haze hit Riau Province affecting an area of about 498 hectares. According to the local agency for disaster management (BPBD), the most impacted area is Bengkalis District with 322 hectares affected.
498 hectares affected by fires


18 Feb 2019 description

In Numbers

12,772 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 3.64 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 47.6 m six months (Feb 2019 - July 2019) net funding requirements for CSP

1.3 m people assisted in December 2018

WFP Rohingya refugee response in Cox’s Bazar

18 Feb 2019 description

In Numbers

568,432 people assisted in January 2019

US$ 437,850 cash-based transfers made

4,020 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 30.18 m six months (February 2019 - July 2019) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

18 Feb 2019 description
report Finnish Red Cross

Lives have been saved every day since October 2017 at the field hospital in Bangladesh, managed by the Finnish Red Cross. Now, the hospital along with its equipment has been transferred to the local Red Crescent, which will continue producing health services together with other organisations.

‘The field hospital can’t solve the situation of people fleeing from Myanmar, but we have been able to save lives every day,’ says Healthcare Consultant Rea Noponen from the Finnish Red Cross.

17 Feb 2019 description

Refugees who fled violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 2017 continue to face major mental health and psychosocial concerns. These can seriously affect their long-term mental health and psychosocial well-being. In addition to their experiences in Myanmar and the impact of those events had, their living conditions in refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar with limited access to services and livelihood opportunities and restrictions on movement are among a series of factors that contribute to high levels of daily stress for the refugees.

17 Feb 2019 description

The joint registration by the Government of Bangladesh and UNHCR was scaled up with registration sites added in Kutupalong and a camp-level information campaign. The exercise will provide identity documents to refugees and support their protection in Bangladesh.

There has been an increase in threats against women in the camps — targeting refugee volunteers and aid workers. UN and NGOs are engaging with local authorities to respond and develop an intervention strategy.

Most bamboo in the camps predates the 2018 rainy seasons and will need to be replaced.

16 Feb 2019 description

ABU DHABI, 16th February, 2019 (WAM) -- The Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign has stepped up efforts to treat thousands of women and children in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, under the supervision of a group of doctors from the UAE and Bangladesh.

15 Feb 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight

Safety, security and access incidents



27 January 2019: In Far North region, a major influx of refugees from Nigeria has left Cameroon’s UN Humanitarian Coordinator strained for resources. The region faces further waves of refugees from Nigeria and the humanitarian response will have to be further scaled up to cope with the crisis. Source: UN-OCHA


15 Feb 2019 description


The systematic discrimination coupled with the spikes of violence during August 2017 in Myanmar caused the largest exodus of the Rohingya population in the 20th and 21" centuries. Over 700,000 individuals arrived into Cox's Bazar in just a few months, joining hundreds of thousands of individuals and bringing the total Rohingya population to 925,000.

15 Feb 2019 description

Joint UNHCR IOM Press Release

United Nations aid agencies and NGO partners launched today the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. The appeal seeks to raise US$920 million to meet the massive needs of more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar and over 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in host communities.

14 Feb 2019 description
report Save the Children

Five times more children than fighters are being killed in conflicts, new Save the Children report reveals

At least 550,000 babies are thought to have died as a result of armed conflict between 2013 and 2017 in the 10 worst-affected countries, according to new analysis by Save the Children — an average of well over 100,000 every year. DR Congo and South Sudan – where most of the nearly 1.2 million refugees in Uganda come from – are both listed in the 10 worst countries.