Vanuatu reeling from impact of cyclone Pam
The state of the main airport in Vanuatu is key to the humanitarian response to cyclone Pam, which tore through the Pacific island archipelago Friday, causing severe damage. full report
Agencies overwhelmed as Mindanao conflict flares again
25 March 2015
Humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope with a growing number of people displaced by fighting in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says more than 120,000 have sought shelter in public buildings or informal camps. The latest conflict, sparked by a botched anti-terror raid, threatens the future of much heralded peace deal.
Cyclone Pam batters Vanuatu
13 March 2015
As cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm, makes landfall today on the pacific islands of Vanuatu, humanitarian workers there say the urban poor are especially at risk.
Disaster warnings ignored in Sri Lanka
2 March 2015
Lives and livelihoods are being lost unnecessarily in Sri Lanka because local communities are ignoring disaster warnings. More than 70 people died in the last two months of 2014 as a result of floods and landslides while the earlier part of the year was marked by a prolonged drought, severely impacting the rice harvest.
How to improve health for Myanmar's ethnic minorities
19 February 2015
Provision of health care in remote, conflict-affected regions in Myanmar continues to face chronic challenges despite recent ceasefires allowing greater access, according to new research. Developing existing ethnic minority health systems could be part of the solution, but it would require government recognition and international support.
Peshawar killings provoke crackdown on Afghans
5 February 2015
Thousands of Afghans in Pakistan have been arrested or moved from their homes of many years in the wake of December’s killing of over 100 schoolchildren in the city of Peshawar. The Afghans, the majority of whom are not registered refugees, have been targeted in a government crackdown announced immediately after the killings.
Opening up? Sri Lanka's new government confronts legacy of war
3 February 2015
Sri Lanka’s new government says it will tackle sensitive issues relating to the civil war that ended in May 2009, including allegations of human rights abuses, missing persons and political prisoners. But it still insists international investigators are not welcome.