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Northwestern Bangladesh Citizens Finding Ways to Combat Disasters

Disaster prevention in high risk areas is often, if not always, as important as emergency relief efforts. CEDAR’s partner, Lutheran Aid to Medicine in Bangladesh (LAMB), has been promoting social health and development in northwestern Bangladesh for the past 3 years. They strengthened the area’s disaster responses to mitigate damages together with local churches and resident networks...

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The Letter from CEDAR | June 2017

Poverty and injustice often result in “hopelessness”. One common goal of our projects is to restore hope. That is why I often ask our project participants this question - “What is your dream?”

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Burma: Army Investigation Denies Atrocities Against Rohingya Muslims

The UN, Human Rights Watch, and others have documented numerous serious human rights violations committed by Burmese security forces against the Rohingya in Rakhine State following the October 9, 2016 attacks on three police outposts... In March, the UN Human Rights Council resolved to establish an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of recent human rights abuses in Burma, especially in Rakhine State. The Burmese government has not said whether it will grant access to the mission...

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Myanmar Lisu Churches’ Journeying with War-ridden Ethic Groups

[ ‘SHARE’ May-Jun 2017 ] STEP INTO THE WORLD
The peace-loving Lisu in Kachin State never took up arms, but their crops, livestock, even villagers, became resources targeted by both the Myanmar government forces and the opposing Kachin forces. The great unrest drove the Lisu away from home who became refugees.... CEDAR’s partner, the Kachin Lisu Christian Council (KLCC), has faithfully stayed by the side of the Lisu refugees in Kachin State for the past 7 years....

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The Rohingyas──The Forsaken Bunch

[ ‘SHARE’ May-Jun 2017 ] STEP INTO THE WORLD
The Rohingyas are an ethnic minority in Myanmar that have long been persecuted due to religious and cultural reasons. In 2015, a few thousand Rohingyas migrated outwards from Myanmar and Bangladesh using small and busted boats. A lot of Rohingyas were forced to hire traffickers, but some was murdered by them as they could not afford ransoms and the smuggling costs, while others suffered horribly due to dreadful environments on the ships....

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CEDAR Supporting the Refugees from South Sudan

[ ‘SHARE’ May-Jun 2017 ] STEP INTO THE WORLD
Sudan, a south African country, has experienced a political conflict that quickly turned into a nation-wide civil war. The aggravated armed conflicts sent more and more Sudanese refugees to the neighboring Uganda, which accepted over 20,000 refugees in the week of 25 Jan to 31 Jan this year alone. South Sudan has currently passed Somali to become third in refugee crisis severity, trailing only Syria and Afghanistan. CEDAR is now supporting partners to provide humanitarian aid to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda....

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