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Cyclone Mocha in Myanmar/Bangladesh: Malteser International provides EUR 100,000 emergency relief and distributes relief goods

Cologne/Yangon/Cox's Bazar: On Sunday morning local time, cyclone "Mocha" hit the coastal regions of Myanmar and Bangladesh with wind speeds of up to 210 kilometers per hour. An official death toll has not yet been released. According to the international disaster warning system GDACS, around three million people in Myanmar and Bangladesh could be affected by the cyclone. MI staff and local partner organizations in Myanmar and Bangladesh have already started to distribute the first relief goods to people who have lost everything as a result of the storm. Malteser International has already pledged an initial 100,000 euro for emergency relief measures.

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Malteser International: New Board for the organization elected

Cologne/London. The General Assembly meeting in London on 24th March elected a new Board for Malteser International e.V. (MI). Two additional board positions were created to expand the expertise available to the leadership of the organization. Five existing Board Members were re-elected for an additional term and were joined by five new members. Raphael Vermeir, from Belgium, and a member of the British Association of the Order, was elected as the President.

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Syria's children of war: 12 years of violence and suffering

Cologne/Kilis. On the day Ahmed was born, his father died in a hail of bullets. That was at the beginning of the war in Syria. Today Ahmed is twelve years old and has never known a life outside of war, flight, and destruction. He was born in the town of Homs, but his parents’ house was destroyed and so his mother fled with Ahmed and his siblings to Bab al-Hawah near the Turkish-Syrian border. That was also his home when the devastating earthquake hit Türkiye and Syria on February 6.

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Bangladesh: Medical care extended after major fire in refugee camp

Cologne/Cox’s Bazar. On Sunday afternoon, a major fire broke out in Bangladesh in the world’s largest refugee camp, near the city of Cox’ Bazar. Around 2,000 shelters have been destroyed and nearly 12,000 people lost their home. “People are in complete shock, and many are injured. They require urgent medical and psychological care. Ninety facilities, including many primary health care units, were destroyed” says Cordula Wasser, head of Malteser International’s Asia department.

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Humanitarian aid for Ukraine: More psychosocial support - “Children can no longer think freely”

Cologne/Lviv. In the second year of war, the Ukrainian population must continue to be supported with diverse humanitarian aid from the West, Malteser International demands. The aid organization will expand programs for psychosocial support and deliver relief supplies, especially to the east of the country. In Germany, many Ukrainian refugees are engaged to be part of their own integration process.

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Earthquake: Arrival of First Relief Supplies From Germany Expected Today

Cologne/Gaziantep. Humanitarian aid for the people affected by the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria continues at full speed. Today, the first trucks that were dispatched from Germany on Thursday are expected to arrive in Türkiye. A total of 10 tons of relief supplies including beds, blankets, tents and mattresses, will be handed over to the Turkish Red Crescent for distribution upon arrival. “The international support is immense, and we are very grateful for that. Logistics remain a major challenge. Our colleagues in Türkiye and Malteser International headquarters in Cologne are working nonstop to procure further relief supplies, and to bring those over to Türkiye” says Dr. Thomas Weiss, Head of Malteser International’s Middle East Department. 

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