Humanitarian and civil society agencies working in Rakhine State in Myanmar and in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are deeply concerned that the repatriation of refugees will commence in mid-November, according to an announcement of the Joint Working Group of the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on 30th October.
The Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have made assurances to the refugees and the international community that repatriation will only happen when it is safe, voluntary and dignified. We call on both governments to stand by their commitments.
Kyiv, 24/10/2018 – This month the heating season for the winter starts, yet still too many in Ukraine risk to be left freezing. 3.6 million people in the Donbas face daily risks of water cuts. This causes colder winters, health risks, and is a deprivation of basic rights for people who already suffer due to the conflict. A coalition of NGOs urges the President of Ukraine to take prompt action to address this issue for all citizens to enjoy their water rights.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Dzud is a winter disaster in which deep snow, severe cold, or other conditions that render forage unavailable or inaccessible lead to high livestock mortality. Until recently, it only occurred once or twice a decade. Today, climatic changes and human induced environmental degradation have intensified the frequency and intensity of disasters, including dzud. Such environmental shocks rapidly erode herders’ traditional coping strategies.
After the fall of so-called Islamic State (ISIL) and the recapture of Hawiga in October 2017, life is slowly returning to normal in the area. People are returning, and children are going back to school. However, many schools are in dire need of rehabilitation and lack supplies and learning materials. Since many boys and girls were not able to attend school in the last three years due to the conflict, they are now struggling to catch up whilst also processing the distress suffered through the war.
25 September 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia - In Cambodia’s Koh Kong and Sihanoukville Provinces, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and NGO People in Need are preparing to extend an early warning system using SMS-based technology linked with data from recently installed automatic weather and hydrological stations, and the existing platform of EWS1294.
For the second year, a group of humanitarian organizations coordinate their action with the support of the European Commission to provide crucial aid to those affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Kyiv 12th September 2018 - In eastern Ukraine, at the doors of the European Union, over 4.4 million people have been directly affected by hostilities, which are now well into their fifth year. 800,000 people have been displaced (many of whom frequently move across the contact line) and nearly 3,000 civilians have been killed.
People in Need first began providing humanitarian support to people in Idlib in late 2012 and has since continuously assisted the local population by providing food, support for education and agriculture, cash-for-work opportunities and support for local authorities. Right now, People in Need is ready to respond to an upcoming crisis with ready-to-eat food rations and cash support for those displaced by the fighting.
More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled violence and persecution in their home state of Rakhine, Myanmar since August 25, 2017, crossing the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The number fleeing during this period made it the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis and has formed the world’s largest refugee camp, with more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, made up of those fleeing since August last year and around 200,000 who had fled previously.
The Women in Innovations (WIN) Project is a new nutrition-sensitive intervention piloted by PIN in Kalabo district that began in September 2017. The project brings innovative packages of activities that are incorporated into a multisectoral integrated approach aiming to improve the nutrition, health and resilience of vulnerable populations with a particular focus on women and the first 1000 days of children.
As the UN Security Council meets in New York to mark one year since nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled to neighboring Bangladesh, International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) working in Myanmar say 600,000 Rohingya still left in Myanmar face daily discrimination and human rights abuses, making conditions unsafe for refugees to return.
One year passed since the beginning of the exodus of an estimated 706,000 Rohingya refugees from Rakhine State, Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh following what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing. The newly arrived Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar have joined hundreds of thousands who were part of previous waves of displacement from Myanmar.
(Prague, 13 August 2018) 65 million people had to flee their homes last year because of armed conflicts. The number of armed attacks on densely populated areas – villages and towns - has been increasing. Hostile parties have been using civilian targets to demonstrate their power.
According to the United Nations, the number of civilians killed or injured during explosive attacks in 2017 increased by 38% in comparison with the preceding year; which means that out of 42 972 casualties 31 904 were civilians.
Dear Messrs. Presidents Putin and Trump,
As all eyes are now turned on the outcome of your meeting on the 16th of July in Helsinki, we, as humanitarian organisations working in eastern Ukraine, would like to draw your attention to the humanitarian crisis there and call on you to use your influence on all parties to the conflict to alleviate human suffering.
NGOs call for comprehensive response to Drought in Afghanistan:
4th July 2018, Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghanistan remains one of the worst funded of the large crises around the world. Millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance, mostly due to conflict, rapid-onset natural disasters and situations of protracted displacement. So far this year only 29% of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is funded; but on top of the initial response plan, a drought is further escalating needs.
This report presents the results of HEA (household economy analysis) baselines conducted in October-November 2017 and an HEA outcome analysis (OA) desk-based exercise conducted in January 2018 for two livelihood zones in two provinces of Mongolia.
This work was carried out for People in Need (PIN) in order to gain up-to-date and in depth understanding of the livelihoods and means of survival for different wealth groups in the communities where PIN and Mercy Corps work and the seasonality of livelihoods strategies.