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17 August 2018

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UN agencies and Bangladesh government launch alternative fuel project in Cox’s Bazar to help reduce deforestation linked to Rohingya crisis. Photos: Patrick Shepherd FAO/IOM

UN Agencies, Government Distribute LPG Stoves to Rohingya Refugees, Bangladeshi Villagers to Save Remaining Forests

Cox's Bazar (IOM)  – A major environmental project to provide around 250,000 families with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and gas cylinders has been launched by UN agencies and the government in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to help prevent further deforestation linked to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

At the official launch of phase one of the project yesterday (16/8), over 300 local villagers identified by local officials as extremely vulnerable and in need of support were the first to receive stove and gas sets. Thousands more will be distributed to Rohingya refugees and other host community families over the coming months.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 63,142 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,527

Geneva (IOM) – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 63,142 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 16 August, with 26,350 to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 119,137 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 266,423 at this point in 2016. 

Spain, with 42 per cent of all arrivals through the year, continues to receive seaborne migrants in July at a volume more than three times that of Greece and almost five times that of Italy. Italy’s arrivals through mid-July are the lowest recorded at this point of a normally busy summer sailing season in almost five years

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South Sudan: Reaching the Most Vulnerable Amid Destruction and Insecurity 
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"Humanitarian Emergencies are Hard but the Work is Worth it – IOM Uganda Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Engineer "
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  • UKRInform reports that Ukraine is facing Europe’s biggest displacement crisis since the Balkan Wars in the 1990s.
     
  • GhanaWeb reports on the mysterious death of a Ghanaian migrant crossing the Sahara desert headed for Libya.
     
  • VOA reported on Cambodian migrant workers who wish to return home but don’t due to the lack of job opportunities.
     
  • DW featured 10 different reasons to visit Brussels, highlighting how it is the second most cosmopolitan city in the world: some 62 per cent of residents come from different countries.

  • The New York Times reported on Miles4Migrants, a US non-profit that uses donated frequent flier miles to transport refugees to new homes or to reunite families divided by conflict.
     
  • AFP wrote about the Twelve Apostles, a group of 12 women who provide food and water to migrants headed for the US.
     
  • The Irish Times reported that the Dublin-based EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum has called on migrants to share their keepsakes, heirlooms, objects, and stories for a new European migration project.
     
  • Balkan Insight interviewed Kosovo playwright Jeton Neziraj, who noted that despite being a recipient of the European of the Year award, he still experiences difficulty in obtaining visas to enter the EU.