Geographic Updates: South Asia

Afghanistan: Afghanistan investigates reports Iran guards forced migrants into river

Afghanistan is investigating reports Afghan migrants drowned after being tortured and pushed into a river by Iranian border guards. The migrants were caught trying to enter Iran illegally from the western Herat province on Friday, according to local media. The … Continue reading

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India and Bangladesh: Cyclone Amphan And COVID-19: Mass Destruction In South Asia

Cyclone Amphan has pummelled India and Bangladesh and continues to leave a trail of mass destruction and chaos as the two countries attempt to recover. As of May 23rd, at least 106 deaths were confirmed. As per disaster management officials, … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: ‘A nightmare scenario’ – Fears for Rohingya Refugees as First Coronavirus Case Found in Camps

Fears are mounting for the thousands of refugees who live in the filthy, cramped camps of Cox Bazar in Bangladesh, after a Rohingya man became the first to test positive for COVID-19. The World Health Organization later clarified there has … Continue reading

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Pakistan: COVID Lockdown Upends Life for Overlooked Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

Nearly 2.5 million Afghans live in Pakistan as either registered or undocumented refugees. Their lives have been upended by the coronavirus lockdown, but they seem to be getting little attention. 

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Bangladesh: ‘Covid-19 Aid Limits Imperil Rohingya’

The Bangladesh Government’s new COVID-19 restrictions (from the 8th April) on access to aid and the internet for Rohingya, cutting humanitarian workers in refugee camps by 80%, , has put refugees at severe risk. This has affected aid workers capacity … Continue reading

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