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).
9-7 | Dear European Governments, What migrants and refugees are living in Libya should shock the collective conscience of Europe’s citizens and elected leaders. Blinded by the single-minded goal of keeping people outside of Europe, European funding is helping to stop the boats from departing Libyan waters, but this policy is also feeding a criminal system of abuse. The detention of migrants and refugees in Libya is rotten to the core.