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Four years on, lives of Myanmar's Rohingya still on hold

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:40 PM

We eat when we get our quota If we do not get it we cannot eat says Myee Shay who is among tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya

In this photograph taken on September 7, 2016, a group of minority Muslim Rohingya gather outside a store at the Aung Mingalar displacement camp in Sittwe after the Rakhine State has been effectively split on religious grounds between Buddhists and Muslims since bouts of communal violence tore through the state in 2012, killing scores and forcing tens of thousands to flee. Anti-Muslim sentiment runs high in the impoverished region, fanned by hardline Buddhist nationalists who revile the Rohingya and are viscerally opposed to any move to grant them citizenship. They insist the roughly one-million strong group are intruders from neighbouring Bangladesh, even though many can trace their ancestry in Myanmar back generations. / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

38 dead, 92,000 left homeless by Niger floods

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:58 AM

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the deaths up from a previous government toll of 14 followed torrential rains in August

Flights cancelled as powerful cyclone bears down on Fiji

Feb 20, 2016 - 3:09 PM

One resident describes severe tropical cyclone Winston as a monster cyclone and the strongest Fiji has ever experienced

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. Fiji cancels flights and warns residents to prepare for the effects of severe tropical cyclone Winston. Rappler file photo

After Nepal quake, PH promises to be better prepared

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:38 PM

National disaster risk manager Alexander Pama says recent events requires the the Philippines to step up our efforts to be better prepared for emergencies

British troops hold earthquake tabletop exercises in Manila. Photo from the British Embassy

Foreign militaries, int'l donors pledge post-Ruby response

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:51 PM

So far the United States Singapore and UNOCHA have offered help for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations

TYPHOON YOLANDA: File photo of US Marines boarding a KC-130J Hercules aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, moments before departing for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Photo by AFP/USMC/Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey

UN to Myanmar: Ensure ‘just’ citizenship solution

Oct 04, 2014 - 9:23 AM

After human rights groups criticized a controversial citizenship plan for Rohingya Muslims the UN says Myanmar must ensure an equitable solution

'EQUITABLE, JUST.' UN officials use this description to refer to the kind of solution they envision for the issue of citizenship for minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

The bigger battle a year after the Zambo siege

Sep 10, 2014 - 12:04 AM

Thousands of people displaced by the conflict are still in crowded makeshift shelters where many have died of malnutrition and illnesses

What's it like to be a humanitarian worker?

Aug 18, 2014 - 2:42 PM

On Tuesday August 19 the world will observe the Humanitarian Day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world

Hundreds of thousands need food aid in Somali capital – UN

Jul 26, 2014 - 4:34 PM

The notice comes three years after more than 250 000 people half of them children died in the devastating 2011 famine

5M children in Africa's Sahel face acute malnutrition: UN

May 01, 2014 - 9:04 AM

We are facing a funding bottleneck at a very critical moment The planting season is only a couple of months away said UN Assistant Secretary General Robert Piper

MALNUTRITION. A photograph made available September 5, 2012 shows Adra Ousmane, a farmer from Niger, examining the grains that have gone bad on his land in the southern town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger, on September 1, 2012. Tanya Bindra/EPA

UN sounds alarm over attacks of civilians in South Sudan

Apr 18, 2014 - 6:32 PM

According to UN officials the attackers used rocket propelled grenades to breach the compound then fired on those sheltering inside

SOUTH SUDAN. The UN sounds the alarm after dozens were killed in an attack on civilians sheltering in a UN base.

More UN peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

Dec 28, 2013 - 8:58 AM

The UN says 72 members of a police contingent moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in the country

REFUGEES. People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Juba on December 22, 2013 where South Sudanese continue to flock as fears of a resumption of fighting in the capital fester. AFP/Tony Karumba

UN says $166 million needed to aid South Sudan

Dec 26, 2013 - 9:25 AM

The money is needed for maintaining health and sanitation distributing food as well as managing camps for those displaced by the recent ethnic clashes

REFUGEES. People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Juba on December 22, 2013 where South Sudanese continue to flock as fears of a resumption of fighting in the capital fester. AFP/Tony Karumba

UN appeals for record aid to address Syria crisis

Dec 17, 2013 - 8:21 AM

The UN s humanitarian agency OCHA which launched the appeal for emergency aid said the funds are needed for 2014

MORE VIOLENCE. Syrians look at the bomb damage allegedly caused by pro-government forces in a neighborhood held by rebel forces in the northern city of Aleppo on December 16, 2013. AFP / Mohammed al-Khatieb

Catastrophe by the numbers

Dec 08, 2013 - 8:16 AM

Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan in numbers and images one month after it hit

Aid arrives for Somalia's cyclone hit Puntland region

Nov 19, 2013 - 3:59 PM

The local government in the semi autonomous region has said as many as 300 people were feared to have been killed in the aftermath of the storm

Solving the crisis of big crisis data

Sep 23, 2013 - 8:30 AM

At the Social Good Summit Patrick Meier discusses a potential solution to sifting through big data in a crisis

ADVANCED COMPUTING IN A CRISIS. Patrick Meier describes the marriage of crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence to help sift through data for disaster response.