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Relief teams fear worsening aftermath of Super Typhoon Rai

Communities are still reeling from the effects of the typhoon, which made landfall in no less than nine places across an area the size of Austria, killing some 500 people. Relief teams have compared Rai to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 6,000 people and left four million homeless. “It just ripped across an area that is enormous, razing houses to the ground,” said Brenda Barton, Country Director for the World Food Programme (WFP). She said she had seen “no building that was untouched, no house without a…

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UN urges restraint in Kazakhstan, with dozens reportedly killed 

Speaking to journalists on Thursday in New York, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said the Organization continues to follow the situation “very closely.”  Mr. Dujarric confirmed several contacts between the UN and the authorities in the country, including a call on Thursday morning between Special Representative Natalia Gherman and the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mukhtar Tileuberdi.   During these exchanges, appeals to exercise restraint, refrain from violence and promote dialogue to address the situation, were reiterated by Ms. Gurman, in behalf of the Secretary-General.   Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Asia,…

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UNESCO condemns killing of journalist in Myanmar

Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General, denounced the killing of Sai Win Aung, also known as A Sai K, who died on 25 December in Lay Kay Kaw, a town located near the border with Thailand.  The reporter was covering the plight of refugees in Kayin state for the Federal News Journal when he was fatally shot in an artillery attack carried out by Myanmar’s armed forces, UNESCO said, citing reports.  Protection for journalists  “I condemn the killing of Sai Win Aung. Media workers like Sai Win Aung risk their lives…

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Cambodia: Arrests of strikers may be breach of human rights law 

Most of the strikers were women and many of the arrests were conducted in “a violent way”, the experts added. The arrests appeared to contravene the right to freedom of association, assembly and expression.  “We also strongly condemn the manner in which the first arrests took place, after dark, on a day where multiple other events diverted public attention”, the experts said.   For them, this could be seen as “an underhanded way to clamp down on fundamental human rights and impinge on the free exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.”  The experts called on the Government to explain the response…

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Bangladesh: Fire rips through COVID treatment centre for Myanmar refugees  

In a tweet, IOM said that no-one was hurt at the health facility, part of the vast Cox’s Bazar camp complex, after the blaze began suddenly on Sunday evening.   Parts of the hospital were badly damaged, but health services are expected to “resume soon”, the agency said.   Response  Field teams have been working around the clock to save the hospital and restore some normality to camp life. They are also assessing the damage and assist those in need.  There were no casualties after a fire hit an IOM-run health facility…

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Bangladesh: Fire rips through COVID treatment centre for Myanmar refugees  

In a tweet, IOM said that no-one was hurt at the health facility, part of the vast Cox’s Bazar camp complex, after the blaze began suddenly on Sunday evening.   Parts of the hospital were badly damaged, but health services are expected to “resume soon”, the agency said.   Response  Field teams have been working around the clock to save the hospital and restore some normality to camp life. They are also assessing the damage and assist those in need.  There were no casualties after a fire hit an IOM-run health facility…

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Harsh winter fuels ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

In the past 24 hours, heavy snowfall and rain have impacted a number of areas, disrupting flights to and from Kabul Airport, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Heavy snowfall and rain have affected many parts of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours. The harsh winter is compounding the severe conditions that many people are facing. We are racing against time to deliver aid and supplies.https://t.co/sh03OD1Q6p — UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) January 4, 2022 “Further snow and low temperatures are forecast in the coming days”, UN…

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Harsh winter fuels ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

In the past 24 hours, heavy snowfall and rain have impacted a number of areas, disrupting flights to and from Kabul Airport, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Heavy snowfall and rain have affected many parts of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours. The harsh winter is compounding the severe conditions that many people are facing. We are racing against time to deliver aid and supplies.https://t.co/sh03OD1Q6p — UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) January 4, 2022 “Further snow and low temperatures are forecast in the coming days”, UN…

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Pakistan: Smartcard registration drive for Afghan refugees ends

The agency commended the Government of Pakistan for its country-wide campaign, the agency’s spokesperson, Babar Baloch, told journalists in Geneva. “Following a short pilot, the campaign, supported by UNHCR, began on 15 April 2021 and ended on 31 December 2021”, he said. Pakistan concludes ‘drive’ to issue smartcards to registered Afghan refugees. According to early provisional results, the data of 1.25 million Afghan refugees was updated. Over 700,000 new smart identity cards have also been issued to date. https://t.co/7vWlsTm9RX — UNHCR Pakistan (@UNHCRPakistan) January 4, 2022 Among those included were 200,000…

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People of Myanmar face ‘unprecedented’ crisis in 2022 

According to a UN Humanitarian Needs Overview published on Friday by OCHA, the turmoil is projected to have driven almost half the population into poverty heading into 2022, wiping out the impressive gains made since 2005.  The situation has been worsening since the beginning of the year, when the military took over the country, ousting the democratically elected Government. It is now estimated that 14 out of 15 states and regions are within the critical threshold for acute malnutrition.  A displaced child in Kachin State, Myanmar., by OCHA/P. Peron For the next year, the analysis…

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