Myanmar: Humanitarian lifeline cut following violence against aid agencies in Rakhine
16 April, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of people are finding it difficult to access basic services such as health care following the emergency relocation of up to 300 aid workers from Myanmar’s Rakhine State. More than 1,000 humanitarian staff have been forced to stop working following an outbreak of...
Report: Time to abandon broken, reactive approach to aid
31 March, 2014
At first glance, the people of Tacloban in the Central Philippines and Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) have little in common. They are separated by continents and oceans, and share no common language or cultural heritage.
This changed at the end of 2013. Both cities were...
Myanmar: Cross-line aid mission reaches isolated communities in Kachin
13 March, 2014
It is early morning in Myitkyina—a town in the far north of Myanmar’s Kachin state. The first light of dawn is breaking as final preparations are made for the cross-line mission into the areas beyond Government control in Kachin.
Eleven trucks loaded with pulses, cooking oil,...
Japan: Disaster, disability and a community’s revival
10 March, 2014
“I thought this was the end of the world,” says Yusuke Ishimori, a young survivor of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated communities along Japan’s east coast. Yusuke is from Ishinomaki, one of the cities hardest hit by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the...
Philippines: Valerie Amos hails progress post Haiyan, warns severe needs remain
28 February, 2014
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos has hailed the progress that has been made in areas devastated almost four months ago by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Speaking at the end of her visit to the Philippines – her third visit since Haiyan made its destructive landfall – she described some...