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24 Jun 2013 description
report ACTED

FOCUS - South and South-East Asia


09 Mar 2010 description

The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on arbitrary detention, and the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

23 Sep 2009 description

Ensuring access to water, sanitation, & hygiene in Myanmar, Uganda, & the D.R. Congo

It's a bitter irony that the torrential rains of a tropical cyclone can leave millions of people without a drop of clean water. When Cyclone Nargis ravaged coastal Myanmar-claiming over 80,000 lives-survivors found that their wells and rice paddies were badly contaminated by brackish floodwaters.

27 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination

02 Jun 2008 description



'In all the places where the churches are providing assistance, the food is fresh-they are cooking and providing fresh food everyday,' explains a pastor in Myanmar.

The pastor coordinates the relief effort among churches throughout the cyclone-affected areas. Speaking from 28 years of affiliation with Church World Service, the pastor says, 'Churches (in Myanmar) provide support in a non-discriminatory way--this is the witness of the church.' Church World Service has been working through partnerships in Myanmar since 1959.

31 May 2008 description



MALI: The Tuareg armed group led by Ag-Bahanga clashes with the army in the region of Kidal just one month after it reached an agreement on cessation of hostilities.

MYANMAR: The Military Junta announces a support to the Constitution of 92% of voters amid reports of fraud and intimidation of the opposition and the humanitarian crisis caused by the Nargis cyclone, which left 77,000 people dead and 55,000 others missing.

PHILIPPINES: The appointment of the up to now chief of the army as the new presidential counsellor for the peace process raises …

07 Mar 2008 description

Rome, 7 March 2008 - The award-winning Internet word game FreeRice has revealed a surprising staying power as a web phenomenon and six months after its birth has now generated 21 billion grains of rice for the world's hungry.

'I never imagined that things would move this fast or that it would be such a success,' said FreeRice creator John Breen, who says between 300,000 and 500,000 people are currently playing the game every day.

'Quite apart from the actual amount of rice generated, FreeRice is a fantastic way of spreading the message about world hunger,' he …