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Cyclone Mocha floods Myanmar port city, sparing major refugee camps

People move from their homes to take shelter in the nearest cyclone shelter at Shah Porir Dwip during the landfall of cyclone Mocha in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on 14th May, 2023.

Dhaka, BangladeshReuters Storm surges whipped up by a powerful cyclone moving inland from the Bay of Bengal inundated the Myanmar port city of Sittwe on Saturday, but largely spared a densely-populated cluster of refugee camps in low-lying neighbouring Bangladesh. Some 400,000 people were evacuated in Myanmar and Bangladesh ahead of Cyclone Mocha making landfall, as […]

Myanmar Rohingya, five years on, desperate to leave Bangladesh camps and go home

Bangladesh Kutupalong Refugee Camp Rohingya protest1

Dhaka, BangladeshReuters Myanmar Rohingya Muslims protested across refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of clashes between Rohingya insurgents and Myanmar security forces that drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from their homes. More than a million Rohingya are living in squalid camps in southern Bangladesh comprising the world’s largest refugee settlement, […]

Bangladesh orders lockdown in Rohingya camps as COVID-19 cases jump

Bangladesh Rohingya camp

Dhaka, BangladeshThomson Reuters Foundation Bangladesh ordered a strict lockdown in five camps that are home to nearly 100,000 Rohingya refugees following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the world’s largest refugee settlement this week, government officials said on Friday. Nearly a million Rohingya refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar live in 34 sprawling camps […]

Kenya tells UN it will shut two camps with 410,000 refugees by June, 2022

Kenya refugee camp

Nairobi, KenyaReuters Kenya said on Thursday it had told the United Nations it will shut by June, 2022, two camps holding over 430,000 refugees who fled from wars in the east and Horn of Africa, adding it planned to repatriate some and give others residency. The interior ministry made the announcement on Twitter about five […]

More children wed, risk trafficking in Rohingya camps in pandemic – UN

Women in Rohingya refugee camp Coxs Bazaar

Dhaka, BangladeshThomson Reuters Foundation Child marriage is on the rise in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps and the risk of human trafficking grows with every day the pandemic shuts youth services, according to a UN-led study that was released on Thursday. Bangladesh scaled back activities in the refugee camps in April and mainly focused on providing […]

Cyclone batters India and Bangladesh coasts, millions flee

India Cyclone Amphan1

New Delhi, IndiaAP A powerful cyclone plowed inland on Wednesday after crashing into the coasts of India and Bangladesh, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. Cyclone Amphan, the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane, was packing sustained winds of up to […]

UN is persecuting Christians in refugee camps – claims

Beirut, Lebanon/Budapest, HungaryBosNewsLife Christian aid workers say the United Nations is involved in persecuting Christians who have fled war-ravaged areas of Syria. The Christian refugees reportedly face difficulties when trying to seek refuge in camps set up in Jordan, Lebanon, and elsewhere. “A substantial number of them are being blocked by United Nations officials when […]

Second Greek migrant camp in flames as arrivals continue to rise

Samos fire

Athens, GreeceReuters A fire in a severely overcrowded migrant camp in Greece forced hundreds of people into the streets, compounding their plight with more refugees arriving on Greek islands daily in what an aid group called a worsening “nightmare”. Greece sent more police to the island of Samos on Tuesday after the fire, which occurred […]