25 April 2017 marks the second anniversary of the Nepal earthquake. On 12 May, a second, magnitude 7.3 quake struck the border between Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha districts, about 80 kilometres east of Kathmandu. A total of 5.6 million people were affected by the two earthquakes, with 8,856 people killed and more than 800,000 houses damaged or destroyed.

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Two years after Nepal’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake, 19-year-old Gita Magar together with her parents and sisters moved into their brand new stone and timber house on a hillside in Ramechhap, four hours’ drive southeast of the capital Kathmandu.

25 April 2017

(External link) They say they ran from murder and persecution. They’ve ended up in mud huts on the Bay of Bengal. And with the torrential rains of the monsoon season approaching, along with the threat of cyclones and floods, the fate of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh looks as precarious as their makeshift shelters.

21 April 2017
Senuara with her baby in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh on 8 April, 2017. Living in a makeshift camp, she says it's difficult to take care of her children, when there is barely enough water for drinking but not for bathing. Photo: Mirva Helenius / IFRC

Since October 2016, almost 75,000 people have fled violence in the northern area of Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh.

21 April 2017

The Empress Shôken Fund is named after Her Majesty the Empress of Japan, who proposed – at the 9th International Conference of the Red Cross – the creation of an international fund to promote relief work in peacetime.

10 April 2017
Chanda Maya Sunuwara, a spry woman in her 70’s says she sees many changes in her hamlet, such as the road, a primary health care clinic and now the latest, which workmen are busy constructing: a brand new toilet for her family, built with Red Cross support. Ramechhap, Nepal, November 29, 2016. IFRC.

Basantapur, an hour from the town of Ramechhap, east of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, is home to Chanda Maya Sunuwara. She has spent most of her adult life here. She has seen many changes and is now getting a brand new toilet for her family.

21 March 2017


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