humanitarian crisis

No progress on aid, refugee return in UN-Myanmar talks

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The United Nations has for weeks demanded that UN aid workers be allowed in Rakhine state and that Rohingyas be given permission to safely return to their homes

Rohingya refugees walk after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

10,000 Rohingya poised to move to Bangladesh as exodus swells again

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Over 500,000 Rohingya have streamed into Bangladesh in just the past 5 weeks, and numbers are again swelling, raising doubt about the practicality of a Myanmar proposal to begin repatriating them

A Rohingya Muslim refugee holds her baby at the registration center after she crossed the border from Myanmar, in Teknaf, Bangladesh on October 2, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Trump to visit Puerto Rico to highlight storm response

Oct 03, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Trump wants to show that the federal government is on top of the daunting recovery effort, and that 3.4 million US citizens are not forgotten

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017.  Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Myanmar 'makes proposal' to take back Rohingya refugees

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:34 PM

(UPDATED) Myanmar has proposed taking back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, the Bangladeshi foreign minister says

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

Oct 02, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The Trump administration sends several top officials onto Sunday talk shows with the message that the relief effort is going well, despite complaints that the federal effort in Puerto Rico has fallen short

GONE GOLFING. US President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport on October 1, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey, upon his return from Jersey City where he participated in the trophy presentation of the Presidents Cup golf championship. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

UN aid chiefs to access Myanmar's Rakhine

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The United Nations had been demanding access since its humanitarian organizations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar's military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August

RAZED. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar's Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a 'massive relief effort is underway'

TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Marawi general to evacuees: 'I really apologize for the delay'

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:22 AM

'Until now they are suffering. I really apologize for the delay. Hopefully within a few days [it's over].'

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Sheikh Hasina also calls for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports says

CROSSING OVER. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Suu Kyi faces mounting world anger over Rohingya

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Her speech fails to quell international anger at reports that the Rohingya are being burned out of their homes

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to deliver a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Suu Kyi rebuffs foreign criticism of Rohingya crisis

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) In an address timed to pre-empt likely censure of Myanmar at the UN General Assembly in New York, Aung San Suu Kyi calls for patience and understanding of the unfurling crisis in her 'fragile democracy'

FACING THE NATION. Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

All eyes on Suu Kyi as Myanmar leader breaks silence on Rohingya crisis

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Suu Kyi's refusal so far to defend the Rohingya over nearly a month of violence has baffled and enraged an international community, but inside Myanmar, supporters say the 72-year-old lacks authority to reign in the army

NOWHERE TO GO. Rohingya refugees sit under a shelter during rainfall at Thangkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Western powers warn Suu Kyi on Rohingya before speech

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:36 AM

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warns that the violence in Rakhine state is 'a stain on the country's reputation' so soon after its transition to democratic rule

LIVING IN SQUALOR. Rohingya Muslim refugees look on as they stand near temporary shelters in Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighboring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals

MISERY. A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Bangladesh restricts movement of 400,000 Rohingya refugees

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Conditions are already worsening in Bangladesh's southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar, where the majority of refugees are living in desperate circumstances after fleeing Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state

SCRAMBLE FOR RELIEF. People distribute relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 16, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

UN urging temporary protection in LatAm for fleeing Venezuelans

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The UN migration agency is urging Latin American countries hosting growing numbers of Venezuelans fleeing economic crisis to give them temporary rights to stay

BORDER CROSSING. Venezuelan citizens cross the Simon Bolivar international bridge from San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela to Cucuta, Norte de Santander Department, Colombia, on July 25, 2017. Luis Acosta/AFP

Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:20 AM

3rd UPDATE Refugees fleeing the unrest have brought stories of entire villages burned to the ground by Buddhist mobs and Myanmar troops

SEEKING AID. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017.  K M Asad/AFP

Rohingya rebels call one-month Myanmar ceasefire as exodus grows

Sep 10, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Bedraggled and exhausted Rohingya refugees have arrived in huge numbers in Bangladesh s Cox s Bazar area for over two weeks while tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine

SCRAMBLE FOR RELIEF. Newly arrived Rohingya refugees scuffle for relief supplies at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 9, 2017. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 5, 2017

Sep 05, 2017 - 10:25 AM

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ESCAPE FROM MYANMAR. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/AFP

UN says 87,000 refugees arrive in Bangladesh from Myanmar

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Around 20 000 more are massed on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar s western state of Rakhine and waiting to enter the UN says in a report

ESCAPE FROM MYANMAR. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/AFP

7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:21 AM

Some 74 of the 31 000 millennials surveyed says they empathize with the situation of the refugees data from the World Economic Forum’s WEF Global Shapers Annual Survey reveal

SEEKING REFUGE. Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they're towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia's East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. AFP Photo

Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm's return

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:47 AM

Officials warn that the danger has not yet passed with more families still stranded or packed into emergency shelters and the tropical storm once more gathering strength on the Gulf coast

EVACUATION. People evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH IN 360º: The Marawi humanitarian crisis

Aug 20, 2017 - 1:32 PM

MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz and multimedia producer Adrian Portugal take you to the front lines of the Marawi humanitarian crisis in this 360 degree video

MARAWI HUMANITARIAN SITUATION. This immersive 360-degree video first takes you to Bubong, a remote town in Lanao del Sur which has been isolated due to the clashes between government forces and local terrorists in Marawi City

Italy moves to end migrant crisis with naval mission, NGO crackdown

Aug 03, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The twin moves come as new figures revealed a surprise drop in July in the number of mainly African asylum seekers and economic migrants arriving at the country s southern ports

RESCUED. Members of the Aquarius rescue ship run by NGO SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) help a migrant from Libya to board the ship after his rescue, in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 2, 2017. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Snipers and IEDs: Deadly combination in Marawi war zone

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Mahirap na combination ang IED at sniping Kapag mabagal ka sniper ang dadale sa iyo Kapag mabilis IED says an officer on the ground

THE NEW CHALLENGE. An improvised explosive device hidden in one of the buildings abandoned by the local terrorist groups in Marawi. Screenshot from a military video

UN identifies 38 new probable mass graves in DR Congo

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:08 AM

At least 80 mass graves have now been identified in the region that has seen a major spike in violence between security forces and a tribal militia since September

Up to 20,000 civilians trapped in ISIS-held areas of Mosul – UN

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:36 PM

UPDATED UN: Our estimate at this stage is that in the final pockets of the Old City there could be as many as 15 000 civilians possibly even as high as 20 000

ESCAPE. Iraqis rest on their way, while fleeing from the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017, during the Iraqi government forces' offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100 000 this year

BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Marawi's evacuees

Jun 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM

This is their story as they try to live normal lives in an abnormal situation

Desperate Rohingya seek new escape routes from Bangladesh

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Many Rohingya are turning to complex smuggling operations to escape Bangladesh

RECORDS. A UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) aid worker gathers details about the Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar at a makeshift camp on World Refugee Day in the outskirts of the Indian city Jammu on June 20, 2017. AFP photo

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Displaced people hits record high globally due to war, persecution – UN

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED More than 65 6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016 according to a new report from the UN Refugee Agency

SAVE A LIFE. By the time you finish this sentence, someone will have been displaced by war, conflict and violence. In 2016, 10.3 million were newly displaced, an equivalent of one person every three seconds. Photo credit:UNHCR/A. McConnell

Numbers tell staggering story of EU migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Where are these people coming from where are they going how many have died and how many will be allowed to stay?

ASHORE AT LAST. In this file photo, a migrant carrying his baby comes ashore along with other refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos on October 24, 2015 after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/AFP

Asylum-seekers in Australia win multimillion dollar payout

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Detainees at an Australian asylum seeker camp in Papua New Guinea win millions of dollars in compensation for degrading and cruel treatment

SEEKING NEW LIFE. In this file photo, asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, March 21, 2014. Eoin Blackwell/AAP/MINDS

Daunting aid challenges as civilians flee Syria's Raqa

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:39 AM

A key problem is getting aid supplies to the relatively remote desert region in Syria s north with just a trickle of assistance currently crossing from neighboring Turkey and Iraq

ESCAPE. Displaced Syrians walk at a temporary camp in the northern Syrian village of Ain Issa on June 10, 2017, where many people who fled the Islamic State (ISIS) group stronghold of Raqa are taking shelter. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Gaza Strip in peril as Hamas marks decade in power

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts poverty and Israel s blockade

IN THE DARK. A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Tired, traumatized Mosul mothers unable to breastfeed

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Dire living conditions lack of proper food stress and depression affect the breastfeeding ability of mothers who fled the Iraqi city of Mosul

An Iraqi woman carries a child at the Hasan Sham camp for internally displaced people on June 10, 2017. Tired and traumatised, Iraqi mothers who fled Mosul struggle to breastfeed or buy baby formula milk for their babies. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Trapped in Marawi, Muslims shield Christians from terrorists

Jun 04, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Dozens of Christian civilians trapped in Marawi City survived 11 days thanks to the protection by Muslims

RESCUED. Jayare Libatan (center) waiting for his turn to be processed by the police. Libatan and his friends said they owed their second lease of life to the Muslims who help them survive their ordeal inside a war zone. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Foreign aid arrives as Sri Lanka flood toll exceeds 200

May 31, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake said 16 countries had rushed relief supplies and medicine to assist more than 600 000 people driven from their homes

Sri Lankan Army personnel distribute food to flood victims in Molkawa in the district of Kalutara on May 30, 2017. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

May 09, 2017 - 8:21 AM

The evacuation began days after regime backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey signed a deal to implement de escalation zones where the government and opposition will halt hostilities

DEPARTURE. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on May 8, 2017, shows the first batch of militants and some of their family members leaving from Damascus' Barzeh neighborhood following a deal to evacuate the area. SANA/AFP

Colombia opens probe into deadly landslide

Apr 06, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The national comptroller Edgardo Maya ordered a probe to determine whether authorities in the town of Mocoa correctly enforced building codes and planned adequately for natural disasters

DIGGING THRU RUBBLE. Rescuers search for victims following mudslides caused by heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia on April 2, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

U.S. warns of 'own action' after Syria chemical massacre

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Ambassador Nikki Haley: When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action

'HORRIFIC ACTS' Nikki Haley (center), United States Permanent Representative to the UN and President of the Security Council for April, addresses the meeting of the council on the alleged use of chemical weapons in an April 4 airstrike in Idlib, Syria, April 5, 2017. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Wails of grief as Colombia town lays mudslide victims to rest

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:25 AM

In the town cemetery men are busy digging graves in the red soil for dozens of the 273 people so far counted as dead

FAREWELLS. People attend the mass funeral of victims of a mudslide caused by heavy rains, at the cemetery in Mocoa, Putumayo department, Colombia on April 3, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

Sudan opens 'humanitarian corridor' for famine-hit South Sudan

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:45 PM

100 000 people face starvation and another million are on the brink of famine in the world s youngest nation

DIRE CONDITIONS. A family from the Dinka community eats lunch inside a classroom of the Sobat Secondary School in Malakal, South Sudan, February 26, 2016. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Bombs rock Damascus as Syrian war enters 7th year

Mar 15, 2017 - 8:23 PM

UPDATED There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts the second wave of deadly attacks in the capital in less than a week

BLOODY SCENE. Syrian security forces inspect the scene of a reported suicide bombing at the old palace of justice building in Damascus on March 15, 2017. Louai Beshara/AFP

Over 800 health workers killed in Syrian 'war crimes' – report

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:58 AM

The Syrian government and its ally Russia have turned the violent withholding of healthcare into a weapon of war according to an analysis published in The Lancet medical journal

EMERGENCY. This file photo taken on November 20, 2016 shows Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, helping a victim following a reported airstrikes on Aleppo's rebel-held district of al-Hamra. Thaer Mohammed/AFP

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since WWII – UN

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:59 PM

UN s humanitarian chief Stephen O Brien calls for an urgent mobilization of funds for northeastern Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen to avert a catastrophe

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Thousands flee Boko Haram attacks around Nigeria's Chibok – IOM

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:22 AM

Boko Haram s Islamist insurgency has left at least 20 000 people dead in northeast Nigeria since it began in 2009 and has displaced more than 2 6 million others