Disaster preparations underway with communities in Mindanao
16 Jul 2013
Emergency preparedness is high on the list of priorities in the southern island of Mindanao which was hit by a devastating tropical storm in 2011 and the world’s deadliest typhoon less than 12 months later. Global climate change rendered the communities insufficiently prepared for the...
Philippines: The dividends of peace
20 Jun 2013
The village of Katilacan has never been prosperous. Its 2,500 residents have traditionally depended on small-scale agriculture and fishing. For decades, the people of this small village have also had to deal with Mindanao’s long-running and violent conflict. For the past four decades,...
Myanmar: UN aid convoy crosses Kachin frontlines
19 Jun 2013
For the first time in nearly a year, a UN-led aid convoy has been permitted to cross into non-government controlled parts of Myanmar’s Kachin State to deliver food and other lifesaving relief to communities displaced by conflict. Over the past two years, UN agencies and international...
Myanmar: Children affected by Rakhine conflict miss a year of school
13 Jun 2013
Inter-communal violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in June and October 2012 displaced an estimated 140,000 people. Many fled to temporary camps where they have been living without adequate shelter or sanitation facilities. Continued tensions between communities means that these families...
Aid worker diary: Drought in the Marshall Islands
5 Jun 2013
In early May, a drought disaster was declared across the northern outreaches of the Marshall Islands – a small nation of about 54,000 people spread across 1,200 islands, islets and atolls in the northern Pacific. The announcement followed months of little or no rain which saw limited...