11-14 | After an offensive lasting four and a half months, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and an international coalition finally captured Raqqa from the so-called Islamic State (IS). The widespread devastation not only attests to the intensity of the fighting and the airstrikes but also raises questions as to the fate of the civilians who, from the start of the offensive, were trapped in the city with no access to humanitarian aid.
10-23 | Conference for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis organized by OCHA, IOM and UNHCR and co-hosted by the European Union and Kuwait. In the piece below she describes her recent visit to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where a refugee crisis is unfolding after renewed violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. “Almost 600,000 Rohingya refugees have sought safety in Bangladesh in the past two months.
9-21 | A massive scale-up of humanitarian aid in Bangladesh is needed to avoid a massive public health disaster following the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, says Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Following a wave of targeted violence against Rohingyas more than 422,000 people have fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine State in Myanmar within a three week period.
9-18 | International humanitarian organizations must immediately be granted independent and unfettered access, including for international staff, to alleviate massive humanitarian needs in Rakhine State, Myanmar, says Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The call for urgent access comes amidst the ongoing military operations in Rakhine, which started on 25 August after a new spate of attacks against police stations and a military base claimed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
9-6 | Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh urgently require medical and humanitarian assistance, as an already dire humanitarian situation along the border with Myanmar worsens. By 6 September, over 146,000 people had crossed into Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar. This figure, coming on top of 75,000 people who have arrived since violence began in October 2016, represents one of the largest influxes ever of Rohingyas into Bangladesh.