We’ve been speaking to residents of a quiet eastern Australian town dealing with one of their own being the suspect in New Zealand’s worst mass killing.
Yaara Bou Melhem
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Doctors from an American not for profit organisation are providing inexpensive eyewear to refugees and villagers in remote areas of Thailand.
A controversial humanitarian aid group, Free Burma Rangers, says it is planning to increase its relief missions in Myanmar with the help of some unlikely volunteers from Iraq.
Papua New Guinea immigration officials have started dismantling parts of a prison camp housing hundreds of defiant refugees as an evacuation deadline looms.
The Myanmar government minister responsible for repatriating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh has told Al Jazeera the Rohingya may have ‘planned’ their exodus to give the appearance of ethnic cleansing.
The UN is accusing Myanmar’s security forces of torture, killings and the rape of children, as part of what it says were “well-organised, coordinated and systematic attacks” against Rohingya.
Access to Rohingya towns is severely restricted by Myanmar’s government, preventing aid agencies from reaching them and resulting in warnings that a lack of food is leading to another wave of displacement.
The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, is widely criticised for failing to prevent ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Myanmar.
Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed on a repatriation deal for half a million Rohingya civilians who reportedly fled military atrocities in Rakhine state. The UN has described the crisis as the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency.
Australians are suffering from soaring electricity prices and power blackouts.