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Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

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NOWHERE TO GO. A young Rohingya refugee looks on in Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

‘At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns,’ says UNHCR

GENEVA, Switzerland (Nov. 25, 2017) — Conditions for Rohingya refugees to safely return to Myanmar from Bangladesh are not in place, the UN said Friday, November 24, a day after the two countries announced repatriation would begin in two months. Continue reading Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

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DEAD. People come to see the boat where Rohingya Muslim refugees were found dead on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox’s Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

‘The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,’ says UN chief Antonio Guterres

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 29, 2017) — At least 15 people drowned and scores are feared missing after a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh Thursday, September 28, as UN chief Antonio Guterres exhorted Myanmar’s leaders to end the refugees’ “nightmare.” Continue reading 15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine

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RAZED. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. Stringer/AFP

The United Nations had been demanding access since its humanitarian organizations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar’s military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August

UNITED NATIONS (Sept. 27, 2017) — Representatives of UN agencies will be permitted to visit Rakhine state in Myanmar on Thursday, September 28, for the first time since the start of a massive exodus of minority Rohingya Muslims. Continue reading UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar’s Rakhine

Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance – UN

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INFLUX. In this photograph taken on May 20, 2015, Bangladeshi migrants are transported on a bus in Langsa, Aceh province after they were rescued by Indonesian fishermen off the eastern coast of Aceh. AFP File photo

At least 436,000 Rohingya recently arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine state since an outbreak of violence a month ago

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 25, 2017) — Bangladesh needs “massive international assistance” to feed and shelter the 436,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, the head of the UN refugee agency said Sunday, September 24. Continue reading Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance – UN

Bangladesh evicts Rohingya from roadside camps as space runs out

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Around 421,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25, the UN says, overwhelming the ill-equipped refugee camps along the border

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 19, 2017) — Bangladesh police on Tuesday, September 19, evicted Muslim Rohingya refugees from overcrowded roadside camps and farmland as aid groups scrambled to find emergency shelter for tens of thousands living outdoors in squalid conditions. Continue reading Bangladesh evicts Rohingya from roadside camps as space runs out

7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

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SEEKING REFUGE. Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they’re towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia’s East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. AFP Photo

Some 74% of the 31,000 millennials surveyed says they are emphatic with the situation of the refugees, data from the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Shapers Annual Survey reveal

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 29, 2017) — Millennials are more emphatic of refugees’ situation and would want their governments to welcome them in their countries, an international survey said. Continue reading 7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

Iraqi forces advance towards heart of ISIS-held bastion

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BATTLE VS ISIS. A fighter from the Hashed Al-Shaabi walks inside al-Nour neighborhood in Tal Afar, the main remaining stronghold of the Islamic State, on August 23, 2017. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

The United Nations says ‘thousands of civilians’ have fled Tal Afar, but around 30,000 remain trapped

TAL AFAR, Iraq (Aug. 24, 2017) — Iraqi forces on Wednesday, August 23, recaptured several districts and advanced towards the center of Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group’s last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting. Continue reading Iraqi forces advance towards heart of ISIS-held bastion

On the front lines of humanitarian work for families fleeing conflict

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ON THE JOB. Cliff Alvarico (center) is UNHCR Philippines’ Program Officer and concurrently heads the organization’s response to the Marawi displacement crisis. All photos from UNHCR

UNHCR places the spotlight on 4 Filipino humanitarian workers on the front lines of protecting families on the run from conflict, violence, and persecution

August 21, 2017 — World Humanitarian Day brings the world together to rally support for people affected by humanitarian crises and pay tribute to aid workers who help them. Continue reading On the front lines of humanitarian work for families fleeing conflict

Information management vital for Marawi recovery – UN OCHA

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MARAWI CLASH. ARMY soldiers stood watch as they hold their position near the shoreline of Lake Lanao in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22,2017. the soldiers are holding the shorelines to prevent fleeing members of Maute group. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

UN OCHA launches an online platform to help local government units and NGOs learn the needs of those affected by the armed conflict

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 1, 2017) — In conflict scenarios like the one in Marawi City, the use of accurate data can tremendously aid various government agencies and the private sector in helping internally displaced people get back on their feet. Continue reading Information management vital for Marawi recovery – UN OCHA

DSWD gives P3.2M worth of aid to Leyte earthquake survivors

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RELIEF. The Department of Social Welfare and Development sends assistance to those affected by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte on July 6, 2017. Photo from DSWD

A total of 1,837 families or 9,185 persons living in Leyte are displaced by the earthquake

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 9, 2017) — The magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte last Thursday, July 6, not only left two people dead and more than a hundred others injured. A total of 1,837 families or 9,185 persons have also been displaced, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Continue reading DSWD gives P3.2M worth of aid to Leyte earthquake survivors