Geographic Updates: South Asia

South Asia’s Weakening Resilience in the State of Pandemic

Before Covid-19, the Spanish flu was the deadliest pandemic that hit the world, including the South Asian countries. It was estimated that around 18 million people died in this region due to that pandemic in 1920. A century later, the … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: Rohingya face ‘cruel’ caning sentence in Malaysia as hostility to refugees grows

A group of Rohingya refugees who survived a treacherous journey at sea now face caning and seven months in jail after they were convicted under the immigration act in Malaysia, where activists have warned of an alarming rise in xenophobia … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Afghan doctor helps refugees fight COVID-19, one phone call at a time

Fezzeh, a 38-year-old Afghan refugee, was recently appointed to head up the coronavirus public outreach programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s central Esfahan province. On top of her usual duties as head physician at the Razi health centre in … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: EU provides humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees in Aceh

The European Union has allocated 35 thousand euros (about Rp573 million) in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees who were rescued recently and allowed to land in Aceh, Indonesia, after spending more than 120 days at sea. The funds have been channeled … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: Rohingya scapegoated as Bangladesh battles COVID-19

“Two more Rohingya die from corona: Locals in panic” — screamed a recent newspaper headline in southeastern Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. Social media has sometimes been equally hysterical. One college teacher posted on Facebook that lack of awareness about COVID-19 among … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: Fear, Covid-19 stalk Rohingya refugee children

There are broadly two things that govern how nations and communities are coping with Covid-19: leadership and resources. More than three months after the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, it’s clear that some countries are doing well while … Continue reading

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Bangladesh and Pakistan: ‘Pandemic threatens future of 600M kids in South Asia’

The coronavirus pandemic is profoundly impacting the future of 600 million children in South Asia, UNICEF warned in a report. The UN agency called on governments to take immediate action to protect millions of children and families in the region. … Continue reading

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Pakistan: World’s third-largest refugee-hosting country, renews commitment to cause

On World Refugee Day, Pakistan renewed its commitment to share the global burden, but urged for international support for millions of displaced people. “Global support to refugees and host communities as a shared responsibility,” is imperative today more than ever … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: In Rohingya refugee camps, coronavirus is under control — for now

The coronavirus pandemic reached Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps a month ago, raising alarm it could spiral out of control. While the situation is under control — at least for now — refugees need continued support. Source: https://bit.ly/2V9B1hj

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Bangladesh: Government Urged to lift Rohingya internet ban as Covid-19 rumours swirl

Rohingya leaders have urged Bangladesh to lift an internet ban imposed on a million refugees in the city of Cox’s Bazar, warning that rumours and panic over Covid-19 is deterring people from getting tested. Limits on communication are exacerbating already … Continue reading

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