The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer is visiting the northern areas of Rakhine State for the first time. During his three-day visit he observed a Red Cross Movement mobile medical clinic in Buthidaung and joined a food distribution in Maungdaw. The Red Cross Movement is scaling up and doubling its distributions as monsoon season approaches, so people have enough food to last when roads are inaccessible.
Until recently, tens of thousands of migrants were travelling through the city of Agadez – on the edge of the Ténéré desert – on their journey across the Sahel to Europe, in search of safety and security and a better life. Not any more. The dangers of the road, combined with ever tougher migration policies, in both Europe and Niger, have deterred many.
Since violence broke out in Rakhine state in August 2017, hundreds of thousands of people have fled to Bangladesh, and those remaining have suffered from lack of access to markets, livelihoods and healthcare.
An incident of violence against health-care facilities or personnel has taken place every single week since the passage two years ago of a U.N. Security Council Resolution meant to increase respect for the sanctity of health care.
In Afghanistan, attacks against health workers and the use or destruction of health-care facilities by arms carriers has cut off thousands if not millions of people from medical care. The attacks health personnel face include threats, kidnappings, and killings.