Tag Archives: Situation Update

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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Bangladesh: Bangladesh opens complex to house ‘climate refugees’

Bangladesh has opened a complex of 20 blocks for people who have lost their homes due to storms and floods. The South Asian country has faced a lot of devastation due to climate change and the nation is in the UN … Continue reading

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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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Hong Kong: We cried a lot’: Hong Kong family torn apart as protester seeks asylum in Australia

“Leaving a place that I love was very difficult. We’re all Hong Kong people who come out to protest because we love Hong Kong. But now we are forced to leave.” Jay* is a former Hong Kong resident who attended many … Continue reading

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CHINA: China’s Post-COVID strategy

In the aftermath of the covid19 pandemic, the increasingly belligerent behaviour exhibited by China in South Asia and South East Asia and China’s imposition of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, it is interesting, to see the tone of the English … 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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Chaos and confusion: Victoria’s public housing coronavirus lockdown

Australia: 3000 residents trapped inside public housing towers brought under sudden lockdown in Melbourne. Residents can be heard yelling for help from windows, friends have been turned away from dropping off care packages and masked police officers are at the … Continue reading

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Establishing Humanitarian Lanes During COVID-19

Australia and New Zealand: COVID-19 is severely impacting the humanitarian system, denying aid to many affected communities in the Asia Pacific. But countries in the region have begun negotiations to normalise international travel, with Australia and New Zealand being the … Continue reading

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Japan: Government of Japan provides USD 4.2 million through UN and ICRC projects for recovery and support of vulnerable population in eastern Ukraine

For already 7 years in a row the Government of Japan has been providing financial assistance to support people and affected communities in eastern Ukraine. In 2020 Japan will allocate USD 4.2 million to deliver assistance through five projects that … Continue reading

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