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August 21, 2014 Dawn Calabia Afghanistan, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Protection & Security

This year Afghans surprised the world when seven million of them participated in a generally peaceful presidential election, despite threats by armed groups including the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

July 31, 2014 Guest Climate Displacement, Philippines, Humanitarian Response, Asia

Less than a year after super-Typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc on the southern Philippines, the country is again in the thick of storm season. The latest was Typhoon Glenda, a category three storm that first made landfall over Albay Province on July 15, before continuing northwest and knocking out power over Metro Manila.

July 28, 2014 Jeff Crisp Africa, Americas, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Protection & Security

In Australia, the navy is intercepting boats in international waters and incarcerating asylum seekers in floating prisons.  In Kenya, the government is deporting refugees to Somalia, despite the continued armed conflict and the increasingly serious drought in that country. Sudan has recently returned a group of refugees to Eritrea, one of the most authoritarian countries in the world. And the United States is refusing to admit many Mexican children who arrive at its border, despite mounting evidence that they are escaping from life-threatening and gang-related violence.

March 28, 2014 Sarnata Reynolds Myanmar, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Protection & Security, Statelessness

On Thursday, members of the Rakhine Buddhist community in Myanmar attacked aid workers because they were providing food, water, and basic healthcare to their stateless Rohingya neighbors.

March 25, 2014 Marcy Hersh Climate Displacement, Philippines, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Women & Children

Every morning, Estralia wakes up in an unfamiliar environment, feeling unsure of where she is and where her home has gone. After a moment, all the terrible memories of Typhoon Haiyan come flooding back to her and she remembers the painful truth: everything has washed away.

March 14, 2014 Guest Africa, Burkina Faso, Climate Displacement, Philippines, Asia

On Saturday, February 22, scholars, humanitarian workers, activists, and religious leaders gathered at Washington’s National Cathedral to discuss why all of us should care about environmental sustainability and climate change and how can we help the people most affected.

February 18, 2014 Dawn Calabia Afghanistan, Asia, Protection & Security, Women & Children

The government of Afghanistan is back in the news these days - and for all the wrong reasons. Recent actions by President Hamid Karzai and his supporters are putting the country's future at risk, and none stand to lose more than Afghan women.

Afghan women have been disproportionately affected by years of insecurity, poverty, and displacement. Their aspirations have been undermined by strong local opposition to achieving their rights and exercising leadership.

February 13, 2014 Jeff Crisp Asia, Protection & Security

“Stop the boats.” That was one of the principal slogans used by the winning Coalition in the September 2013 Australian election. And in the six months since he assumed office, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has left no one in any doubt as to his determination to prevent asylum seekers from making their way to the country by sea.

February 11, 2014 Marcy Hersh Climate Displacement, Philippines, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Women & Children

The island of Leyte in the Philippines may be one of the only places in the world where beachfront property is completely undesirable. Those who live along Leyte's eastern beaches know that the sea's destructive power can suddenly sweep away everything they hold dear.

January 27, 2014 Marcy Hersh Climate Displacement, Philippines, Asia, Women & Children

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall, cut a path of destruction across the central Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing approximately four million.

November 08, 2013 Marcy Hersh Africa, DR Congo, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Americas, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Middle East, Women & Children

There is always a convenient excuse. In Haiti, we don't have the time. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we don't have the funding. In the Syrian refugee response, we don't have the experts. Somehow, there is always a pat answer to why we, the humanitarian community, fail to protect women and girls in emergency after emergency.

October 30, 2013 Melanie Teff Myanmar, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Protection & Security

This piece first appeared in The Networker.

A recent humanitarian crisis that has created multiple dilemmas for humanitarian actors has been the unfolding situation affecting the Rohingya population in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

October 21, 2013 Alice Thomas Africa, Climate Displacement, Americas, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Middle East

Tomorrow at 6pm Eastern time, I’ll be participating in “24 Hours of Reality,” the third annual live-streamed show organized by the Climate Reality Project, founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

September 12, 2013 Sushetha Gopallawa Myanmar, Humanitarian Response, Asia

More than 100,000 people are now living in displacement camps in northern Myanmar, driven from their homes by conflict between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). While about a third of these individuals are living in government-controlled areas, the vast majority are located in zones controlled by the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), the KIA’s political wing.

August 12, 2013 Sushetha Gopallawa Myanmar, Asia, Protection & Security, Statelessness

During my recent visit to Myanmar, I met with human rights activist Kyaw Hla Aung in a Rohingya village in Sittwe Township, Rakhine State. We talked about his peaceful political activism, his public service, and his humanitarian work. But mostly we talked about how he and other village elders and leaders feared for their lives.

July 16, 2013 Melanie Teff Bangladesh, Myanmar, Asia, Protection & Security, Statelessness

On my research missions to Myanmar and to Bangladesh, I have met so many Rohingyas who suffered terrible abuses at the hands of the NaSaKa border force and whose everyday lives were blighted by their fear of it. In our reports, Refugees International has repeatedly demanded that the NaSaKa be reined in, and so we welcome President Thein Sein's announcement that this notorious force is being disbanded.

June 07, 2013 Davina Wadley Climate Displacement, Asia

This is the final post in a special series on climate displacement in Kiribati. Click to read the first and second posts in the series.

June 05, 2013 Davina Wadley Climate Displacement, Asia

This post is the second in a special series on climate displacement in Kiribati. Click here to read the first post.

The I-Kiribati (as the citizens of Kiribati are known) are a strong and proud people. Their culture – the katei or traditional way of life – involves a strong sense of personal pride, respect, and openness to foreigners. The I-Kiribati also have a deep spiritual connection to their land.