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In Rakhine State, Myanmar, residents fleeing recurring fighting in Kyauktaw township have sought refuge in Ponnagyun township. The LWF and the Department of Disaster Management recently distributed non-food items including kitchen utensils, clothes, mats, water filters and mosquito nets to displaced families. Photo: LWF Myanmar
2 Apr
International NGOs in Myanmar reiterate humanitarian obligation to protect civilians in Rakhine
DWS Myanmar, Peace, peacebuilding, Rakhine Crisis, Displaced Persons, internally displaced people
2 Apr
The LWF has joined INGOs renewing calls for protection of civilians amid continuing fighting between two armed sides in Myanmar’s Rakhine province.
An LWF-run child-friendly space in Thi Kyar village, Mrauk U township, Rakhine state, Myanmar. Photo:C/Kästner
22 Jan
International NGOs call for unrestricted access to affected populations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
DWS Myanmar, Peace, peacebuilding, Rakhine Crisis, Displaced Persons, internally displaced people
22 Jan
The Lutheran World Federation is among 18 international non-governmental organizations calling for “rapid, unfettered and sustained access” to all populations affected by the renewed fighting between...
A man plays football with his children in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan, while another man, wounded in fighting in Syria, looks on. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
6 Apr
LWF and ecumenical partners link to #WithRefugees solidarity tour
#withrefugees, refugee, Kakuma, Za'atari Refugee Camp, Refugees, internally displaced people, Displaced Persons, Refugees. Displaced person
6 Apr
The #WithRefugees World Tour kicks off today with a sports day in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. The LWF, WCC and other ecumenical partners are joining hands with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency,...
LWF receiving refugees at Lefori collection point, in Northern Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
28 Feb
South Sudan crisis set to become Africa’s largest
Refugees, War, South Sudan conflict, conflict, internally displaced people, displacement, Displaced Persons, Refugees. Displaced person, Kenya, Uganda, Kakuma, Ethiopia, South Sudan, South Sudan Crisis
28 Feb
The plight of refugees from South Sudan is set to become Africa’s largest refugee crisis, with the Lutheran World Federation on the frontline in South Sudan and the countries receiving the refugees,...
The LWF president discusses with residents of Ohn Taw Gyi (South) camp. Photos: LWF/ I. Htun
21 Feb
LWF president visits humanitarian work in Myanmar
Refugees, internally displaced people, Refugees. Displaced person, Displaced Persons, President Myanmar 2018, LWF President, emergency, Interfaith, Myanmar, Asia, musl, Buddhism, refugee camps
21 Feb
On his recent visit to Myanmar, The Lutheran World Federation President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa visited two camps for internally displaced people, the Ohn Taw Gyi (South) camp and the Min...
Aminatou Abubakar, president of the women’s association in Minawao refugee camp, speaks at a public event about the dangers of spontaneous and unassisted return to Nigeria. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
30 Jan
Security first for refugees from Nigeria
Cameroon, DWS, emergency response, emergency operation, Refugees, Refugees. Displaced person, Displaced Persons, host community, Nigeria, UNHCR, refugee camps, Welcoming the Stranger, security
30 Jan
Four years ago, thousands of people fled the Boko Haram terror in Nigeria to Cameroon. Now, the Minawao refugee camp sees a wave of refugees spontaneously returning to unsafe areas in eastern Nigeria...
Members of the Hungarian Interchurch Aid delegation and LWF staff visited Davudiya refugee camp near Dohuk, where more than 700 Christian, Yazidi and Muslim families live. Photo: ELCH Northern Diocese
14 Jun
Ecumenical witness among persecuted Iraqis
Department for World Service, Refugees, Displaced Persons, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary, DWS, Iraq Crisis
14 Jun
Hungarian church support for minorities and disadvantaged groups
Tiny survivors of the 2010 Haitian earthquake gather outside the Model Resettlement Village in Gressier
12 Jan
"We Are Better Prepared Now"
Refugees, Migrants, Haiti, Displaced Persons
12 Jan
Commemoration of Haiti Earthquake in LWF Model Village
A street leader with his children in front of a half collapsed tent which is used as a Mosque. Photo: LWF/ J. Pfattner
9 Jan
Winter Storm Causes Destruction in Za’atari Refugee Camp
Refugees, Syria Crisis, Displaced Persons
9 Jan
Refugees in Camps and Host Communities Most Vulnerable to Extreme Weather
Syrian refugees living in the host community of Al Mafraq, ten kilometres from Zaatari camp, Jordan. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux
11 Dec
LWF Leaders Urge Member Churches to Advocate for Syrian Refugees
Syria Crisis, Refugees, LWF General Secretary, LWF President, Middle East, Displaced Persons
11 Dec
Younan and Junge Underline “Desperate Situation”
LWF assisting in the distribution of winter clothes sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria in Khanki camp, Northern Iraq. Photo: LWF Iraq
24 Oct
Concern for Iraqi Refugees as Cold Season Approaches
Iraq Crisis, Displaced Persons, WASH
24 Oct
LWF Assists With Shelter, WASH and Winter Clothing
UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner Janet Lim (left) and LWF General Secretary Rev  Martin Junge signing the MoU. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
3 Oct
LWF and UNHCR Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Humanitarian Cooperation
LWF General Secretary, Refugees, Displaced Persons, United Nations, Children, Peace, WASH, Climate Justice, Livelihoods
3 Oct
“Delighted to see the scope for our joint work expand”
LWF emergency response staff meets with IDPs in Bouar in Central African Republic’s Nana Mambéré prefecture. Photo: LWF/DWS CAR
18 Aug
Tribute to Staff on World Humanitarian Day 2014
World Humanitarian Day 2014, Staff, Refugees, Displaced Persons
18 Aug
LWF Calls for Aid Workers Safety and Protection
IDPs in Dohuk, Iraq. Photo: <a href="http://www.ankawa.com/">ankawa.com</a>
14 Aug
LWF Provides Emergency Assistance in Iraq
Iraq Crisis, Displaced Persons, Violence, ACT Alliance
14 Aug
“Harrowing Stories of Targeting Minorities”
One of 170 Iraqi Shia and Zoroastrian IDP families from Mosul sheltering in Christian village of Bandaywa. Photo: LWF/D. Poppe
29 Jul
Faith Communities Forced to Flee in Northern Iraq
Middle East, Displaced Persons, Violence, Iraq Crisis
29 Jul
LWF Condemns Extremist Actions; Explores Ways to Stand with Internally Displaced in the Region
NFIs from the LWF and partner organizations are ferried by boat to remote islands in Twic East County, South Sudan.  Photo: LWF South Sudan/George Taban
27 Jun
Food Insecurity in South Sudan, as LWF Seeks More Financial Support for Intervention
Refugees, Displaced Persons, Food Security, WASH, Livelihoods, Water, Education, South Sudan Crisis
27 Jun
Poor Response to Funding Appeals for Refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda
Rev. Michael Martin shares a tin of sweets with a Syrian family at the Za’atri refugee camp. Photo: LWF Jordan/E. Gano
23 May
LWF Intervention in Jordan Engages Syrian Refugees in Peace Building
Refugees, Member Churches, Syria Crisis, Peace, Middle East, Displaced Persons
23 May
Interview with Bavarian Delegation Visiting Za’atri Camp and Al Mafraq Communities
Internally displaced mother Naomie Komessé, inside St Timothy Lutheran Church in CAR’s capital, Bangui. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
23 May
Finding Refuge in Central African Lutheran Church
Member Churches, CAR Crisis, Displaced Persons, Humanitarian Response
23 May
LWF Member Church Needs More Assistance for Civilians Caught in CAR Crisis
Rebecca Abbo returned to her damaged and empty house in Yongoro village, western CAR, in early May. With LWF's support, she can now access clean water. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
21 May
LWF Joins Organizations Urging Humanitarian Access in Central African Republic
CAR Crisis, Displaced Persons, Humanitarian Access
21 May
Armed Actors in Conflict Hinder Aid Delivery to Displaced Civilians
Children wearing the traditional Burmese skin conditioner thanaka in a Temporary Learning Space in Ohn Taw Gyi South camp, Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar
16 May
Myanmar: LWF Resumes Implementation of Programs
Rakhine Crisis, Displaced Persons, Children, Youth, Education
16 May
Back to School for Students and Teachers in Rakhine State
Children look for valuable items in the ashes of what was once the central market in Bor. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
29 Apr
LWF Joins Call to End Violence against Civilians in South Sudan
South Sudan Crisis, Displaced Persons, Refugees, United Nations
29 Apr
A Callous Disregard for Civilian Life
LWF distribution of non-food items to IDPs in Twic East county, Jonglei State, South Sudan on 30 March. Photo: LWF South Sudan/J. Aleer
25 Apr
LWF Pleads for Cessation of Hostilities and Humanitarian Access to Civilians in South Sudan
South Sudan Crisis, Refugees, Displaced Persons, United Nations
25 Apr
High Risk of Conflict Destabilizing Entire Region
LWF focus group discussion with 11-17 year-olds in a Sittwe IDP camp, Rakhine State. Photo: LWF/Myanmar
3 Apr
LWF Deeply Concerned about Suspended Activities’ Impact on Communities in Myanmar
Rakhine Crisis, Displaced Persons
3 Apr
Safety and Protection at Stake for 140,000 IDPs in Rakhine State
Many of those displaced rely on untreated water from swamps and rivers. The LWF provides water treatment tablets to purify drinking water. Photo: Melany Markham
12 Mar
South Sudan: Intervention Critical for IDPs Before Long Rainy Season Begins
South Sudan Crisis, Displaced Persons, Staff
12 Mar
Interview with LWF Country Program Coordinator Lokiru Matendo
German Charge d’Affaires, UNHCR and LWF representatives at the NFI handover. Photo: LWF Chad/S. Dalou
23 Jan
LWF Non-Food Items for Sudanese Refugees in Eastern Chad
Refugees, Displaced Persons
23 Jan
Chad Hosts over 420,000 Refugees from Neighboring Countries
With the huge influx of Syrian refugees, classrooms in Mafraq public schools are even more crowded than usual.  Photo: LWF/Mats Wallerstedt
17 Jan
LWF Affirms Support for Ecumenical Efforts to End Conflict in Syria
Refugees, LWF General Secretary, Displaced Persons, Syria Crisis
17 Jan
Junge Participates in WCC Consultation on Syria
Refugees fleeing the crisis in South Sudan arrive at Kakuma camp in Kenya. Photo: LWF/J. Macharia
8 Jan
South Sudanese Religious Leaders Calling for Ceasefire
Refugees, Displaced Persons, Violence, Peace, South Sudan Crisis
8 Jan
LWF on the Ground to Assist Refugees from the Conflict
LWF President Younan (third left) at the Religions for Peace Assembly. Photo: Religions for Peace
22 Nov
Global Religious Leaders Endorse “Welcoming the Stranger” Affirmations
LWF President, Refugees, Migrants, Displaced Persons, Interfaith
22 Nov
LWF President Younan: Apply Justice by Accepting “the Other”