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Back to nature: Combatting poverty through indigenous farming methods


As we approach the end of 2015, the year by which the UN had pledged to end poverty, it is deeply concerning to know that there are still 805 million people in the world who have inadequate food supplies, and more than 1.3 billion living in extreme poverty. With the global population set to rise by 2 billion people by 2050, world hunger is an increasingly pressing concern and the search for a solution must be a global priority. While there is no simple answer to the problem of feeding an ever-growing population, there is a great deal we can learn from studying indigenous farming methods in developing countries. Indigenous techniques may hold the key to ensuring food security and, as supporting small holder farms has been recognised as one of the quickest ways to lift over 1 billion over the poverty line, the seemingly basic techniques employed on small-scale farms warrant serious attention.

Saira Viola Interview


With words that beam conviction, she is an acclaimed poet and novelist to whom it seems eloquence comes easily. Not only did Saira Viola pen a special piece for the Rohingya - a community we have worked for extensively, she also lent more of her time to us for an interview in which we discuss everything from her time in Africa, political art and gentrification to her latest crime novel ‘Jukebox’.

Langsa Rohingya Refugee Camp Visits by Restless Beings Directors

In the Langsa area of Aceh province in Indonesia, there are currently three main temporary camps for Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi migrants.  Currently the camps are being administered by IOM (International Organisation for Migration).

In Kuala Langsa there are two sections to the camp, one for Rohingya males and one for Bangladeshi migrant males. In total this camp holds 173 people,...

31 Rohingya Refugees Feared To Be Smuggled Into Prostitution in Indonesia

Restless Beings has obtained documentation from State Government meetings in Aceh and Sumatra regions of Indonesia regarding the disappearance of 31 Rohingya women and children since July 25th 2015.  The refugees had escaped the camps as they were being relocated by IOM to another camp as a result of a report of sexual harassment in the female camp the day before.

The IOM (Institute of...

Flooding And Food Shortages For Rohingya in Leda Camp


Heavy monsoon rains have caused widespread destruction in Bangladesh's Teknaf region and Burma's Arakan state with more misery inflicted on the lives of countless thousands of Rohingya in the region. In Bangladesh, reports of flooding have affected upwards of 100,000 Rohingya in refugee camps. One of the worst affected is Leda Bazaar camp where 13,000 unregistered refugees have been...

No Solution in Sight For Rohingya Crisis


The stark reality is that there are still around 2,500 Rohingya who are stranded in the Andaman Sea. Their exact location is unknown. Their exact number is unknown and the condition of those on board is unknown.

The families they’ve left behind, their compatriots who have managed to reach shores, their extended families who are overseas are known as the ‘forgotten people’;...

Momentum Gathers For Solution As Philippines Offers A Haven


The Philippines have made an offer to accept upto 3,000 Rohingya as refugees who are currently stranded at sea. Following local reports that Philippines had also rejected the notion of accepting Rohingya, the Justice Secretary Leia de Lima, spoke on Monday of an obligation to assist political asylum seekers. 

Earlier today, Vivian Tan of UNHCR had informed Restless Beings that 330...

Call for ASEAN to find solution for stranded Rohingya

Even as worldwide media start to highlight the issue of the stranded 6,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi in the Andaman sea, no political solutions have been offered to assist in their safe rescue and medical care.  

Growing calls for the EU, the US and UK Governments to push for international diplomacy have gathered momentum. However, the real solution must come regionally, from ASEAN...

Op - Ed: The Latest In A Long Line of Abuses Against The Rohingya

Over time it's very easy to become desensitised to reports which relay 'the number of dead..' or 'the number of displaced..' etc when we face a barrage of humanitarian disasters, war torn communities and the like on a daily basis. But when you hear about the same community facing the same abuses but just on increasing scales over the period of a generation, more than 50...

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims Trapped at Sea


As many as 6,000 Rohingya migrants are reportedly trapped at sea, whilst in the past 24 hours, Indonesia and Malaysia have rescued in the region of 1,600 Rohingya fleeing persecution and oppression in their homeland, Burma.  

The migrants are attempting to cross the trecherous sea in wooden vessels into Malaysia where they are generally better recieved than in other neighbouring...