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As drought slashes rice harvest, 900,000 face hunger in Sri Lanka

27 Mar 2017

Rice harvest could be the worst in 40 years in the South Asian island nation, Save the Children warns


Record number of children killed in Syria last year - UN

14 Mar 2017

"The depth of suffering is unprecedented. Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis"


A Syrian refugee family’s year-long Greek odyssey

12 Mar 2017

By the time Ilida Alali was 16, she had been a prisoner in her own home for four years. Both government and rebel ordnance fell without warning on the hotly contested Karm al-Myassar neighbourhood near Aleppo’s airport where she and her family lived. In any case, she had nowhere to go. Opposition groups had occupied the area’s schools since she was 13.


Can aid come in time to avert famine in Somalia?

03 Mar 2017

The drought in Somalia is so severe it threatens not only to trigger famine, but also the viability of the age-old pastoralist way of life.


Foundation helps out by providing water

15 Feb 2017

Al-Imdaad Foundation project co-ordinator Ahmed Karrim had numerous requests from the community for water


UN rights envoy urges inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar

08 Feb 2017

The UN should launch an inquiry into military abuses of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims, because the government is incapable of carrying out a credible investigation, the UN’s rights envoy will tell the Human Rights Council next month.


Italy and Germany step up measures to deter asylum seekers

12 Jan 2017

Those who thought Europe’s refugee “crisis” was over were reminded this week that tens of thousands of refugees remain stranded in Greece and the Balkans. Images of refugee tents shrouded in snow on the Greek islands have sparked outrage about the lack of adequate shelter, and scorn has been poured on the Greek government for keeping refugees in such miserable conditions. But others have pointed out that the real culprits are EU and member state policies that have closed borders and shrugged off responsibility for a more equitable distribution of the refugees arriving on Europe’s southern shores.


UN says Rohingya malnutrition rates rising during Myanmar military operations

11 Jan 2017

Military counterinsurgency operations are causing widespread hunger and malnutrition among Myanmar’s oppressed Rohingya minority, according to internal UN reports that directly contradict government statements.


The roots and risks of Myanmar’s new Rohingya insurgency

02 Jan 2017

Proghyananda Vikkhu stood in his purple monk’s robe in front of gleaming gold statues of the Buddha, recalling the night that a mob of nationalist Muslims attacked his monastery in eastern Bangladesh.


UN warns Myanmar that demolishing Rohingya homes will ‘heighten tensions’

01 Jan 2017

The UN has warned authorities that plans to demolish hundreds of homes belonging to ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims will “heighten tensions” in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the military is accused of abusing civilians during counterinsurgency operations.



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