Tag Archives: Health

North Korea: North Korea Locks Down Kaesong Over Suspected COVID-19 Case

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under total lockdown after a person was found there with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, saying “the vicious virus” may have entered the country, state … Continue reading

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Indonesia and Malaysia: Indonesian migrant workers Facing hardship in Malaysia turn to Indonesian Government for Help

While Malaysia managed to flatten its COVID-19 curve with a strict stay-at-home order, a slowed economy has seen many migrant workers from neighbouring Indonesia struggle to feed themselves. As Indonesians — particularly women — face an increasingly desperate situation, there are … Continue reading

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THAILAND, MYANMAR AND CAMBODIA: MIGRANTS STRUGGLE TO RETURN ACROSS CLOSED THAI BORDER

Businesses have reopened and begun hiring after the government eased lockdown measures, but migrant workers who returned home and waited for the Covid-19 outbreak to clear are now finding themselves on the outside looking in, unable to re-enter Thailand. The … Continue reading

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Indonesia: EU provides Humanitarian Aid for Rohingya Refugees in Aceh

The European Union has allocated 35 thousand euros 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 humanitarian aid is part of the European … Continue reading

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North Korea: The North Korean refugees supplying PPE to care homes

Jihyun Park and Timothy Chow understand the meaning of hardship. Both suffered under the brutal North Korean regime, enduring famine, the deaths of family members and imprisonment in forced labour camps – before fleeing and eventually receiving asylum in the … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Interviews with Kachin Women Keeping families afloat despite COVID-19 Setbacks

The New Humanitarian spoke with three women in Je Yang about life in long-term displacement, their hopes for peace, and how the coronavirus has forced communities in Myanmar’s northern borderlands to contend with new worries. Interviews demonstrated how women in Myanmar’s … Continue reading

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Indonesia: Lack of Access to Healthcare for Refugees and Barriers to Providing Legal Aid

Indonesia has recognised refugee and asylum seekers as a vulnerable category for Covid-19 Response, however, the government has not conducted any direct practical actions towards the refugee communities apart from opening shelters and safe houses for the female refugees that … Continue reading

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Refugee Doctors Unable to Join Australia’s Coronavirus Frontline

Australia: Medically skilled refugees and resettlement organisations are speaking out about the lengthy and costly process new arrivals have to go through to get their qualifications recognised in Australia. Figures released by Settlement Services International (SSI) show in its Refugee Employment … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Rise of Covid-19 Cases

17 New cases confirmed 30th May, bringing the country’s total to 228. The return of migrants from bordering areas continues, with more than 80,000 migrants returned since March, mainly from Thailand. All returnees are required to undertake testing at the … Continue reading

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Thailand: Warnings of a Second Wave of COVID-19 Resulting from Migrant Living Conditions

Health experts have warned Thailand is vulnerable to a second wave of COVID-19 due to the neglect of their large migrant labor sector. These fears follow after Singapore’s second wave of cases. initially being praised for their Covid-19 response and … Continue reading

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