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17 May 2017 description

Bangkok is home to roughly 8,000 urban refugees and asylum seekers, primarily originating from Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. As a non-signatory of the 1951 Geneva convention and the 1967 protocol, Thailand, with strict anti-immigration laws and government checkpoints, has become a harsh environment for the refugees and asylum-seekers, as they relentlessly face fears of detention and have no means of supporting themselves through employment.

02 Jan 2005 description

Overview

On Dec. 26, 2004, the fourth strongest earthquake over the past century struck in the Indian Ocean off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Measuring 9.0 in magnitude, the earthquake was as destructive as 16,000 atomic bombs combined and 256 times as powerful as Taiwan's Sept. 21, 1999 earthquake.

The earthquake also triggered massive tsunamis that struck 12 countries, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia and Somalia.

02 Jan 2005 description

Volunteers of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation started a large-scale fundraising campaign in Taiwan and other countries where the humanitarian group maintains chapters on Jan. 1, 2005.

Thousands of Tzu Chi volunteers took to the streets on Jan. 1 in Kaohsiung, Taichung, Pingtung, Taitung, Yilan, Tainan and other cities in central and southern Taiwan. Street fundraising drive in Taipei and other northern cities will take place next week.

In the coming weeks, some 7,000 donation boxes will be carried by Tzu Chi volunteers in Taiwan to appeal for donations on the streets.

30 Dec 2004 description

Members of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation around the world will start a campaign to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami victims in South Asia on Jan. 1, 2005. The campaign in Taiwan will last three months until March 31.

After Master Cheng Yen, founder of Tzu Chi Foundation, made an open appeal on Dec. 28 for donations of love to South Asia, various Tzu Chi groups and the public have responded enthusiastically.

Employees of the Taichung-based Vitalon Food Co. donated half-month salaries, totaling NT$5.4 million (US$163,000) to Tzu Chi on Dec.