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Hundreds of migrant children behind bars in Indonesia
17 April 2014 (IRIN ), Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him through several countries in the hope of reaching Australia was safer than keeping him with her and his sisters in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99952/Hundreds-of-migrant-children-behind-bars-in-Indonesia
Ghulam Rahimi: "I'm waiting for resettlement, but it's a very long wait"
17 April 2014 (IRIN ), Ghulam Rahimi*, 17, is an Afghan refugee from Iran. He was one of 25 unaccompanied minors detained in one room at the immigration detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. He told IRIN his story.
http://www.irinnews.org/HOV/99953/Ghulam-Rahimi-I-m-waiting-for-resettlement-but-it-s-a-very-long-wait
Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target. But in Indonesia - the country from which most of the boats previously departed - Australia’s tough new measures have stranded over 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees who can neither proceed to their desired destination nor, in many cases, return home.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99908/Asylum-seekers-left-high-and-dry-in-Indonesia
Pakistan slum clearances politically motivated?
7 April 2014 (IRIN ), This month, the Pakistani government is planning to move or raze eighteen illegal settlements that are home to more than 80,000 people - many of whom are internally displaced or Afghan refugees and migrants. Residents of the slums say they are being blamed for the government's inability to provide adequate security for the country's civilian population.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99895/Pakistan-slum-clearances-politically-motivated
Concern over polling in Afghan schools and clinics
2 April 2014 (IRIN ), The recent spate of Taliban-led attacks against electoral targets in Afghanistan, with the presidential vote just days away, has increased concerns in the aid community about the use of schools and health clinics as polling stations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99875/Concern-over-polling-in-Afghan-schools-and-clinics
Analysis: Challenges of bringing more women into the Afghan justice sector
28 March 2014 (IRIN ), Better gender representation in the justice sector in Afghanistan will empower more women to take action against the men who abuse them. This is the reasoning of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), which released a report last week documenting the gains - and considerable challenges that still lie ahead - in bringing more women into key legal positions in the country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99855/Analysis-Challenges-of-bringing-more-women-into-the-Afghan-justice-sector
Analysis: Critical year ahead for Afghanistan
11 March 2014 (IRIN ), In under four weeks’ time (5 April) Afghanistan’s 12 million voters will get the chance to elect one of 11 candidates to replace President Hamid Karzai, in what observers hope will be the country’s first ever peaceful and democratic handover of power.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99765/Analysis-Critical-year-ahead-for-Afghanistan
Cross border movements threaten Afghan polio eradication efforts
6 March 2014 (IRIN ), While Afghanistan is seeing fewer polio cases than Pakistan, the country faces an uphill struggle because of large unvaccinated populations just over the border in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99751/Cross-border-movements-threaten-Afghan-polio-eradication-efforts
New solutions for Afghanistan’s protracted IDPs
20 February 2014 (IRIN ), Afghanistan’s new government policy on internally displaced persons (IDPs), launched last week in Kabul, was welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as a way to find more sustainable solutions for the country’s 620,000 conflict displaced.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99676/New-solutions-for-Afghanistan-s-protracted-IDPs
Jumble of needs complicate aid to Afghanistan’s displaced
18 February 2014 (IRIN ), Authorities and humanitarian agencies in Afghanistan have struggled for decades with displacement, insecurity and natural disasters. But when delivering assistance, officials must make difficult distinctions among the long-term displaced, the short-term displaced and host communities living in abject poverty - divisions that fuel tension and resentment, and give rise to shrewd efforts to work the aid system.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99667/Jumble-of-needs-complicate-aid-to-Afghanistan-s-displaced
Worsening Afghan humanitarian situation but lower appeal
12 February 2014 (IRIN ), The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today launched this year’s Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) in Kabul, Afghanistan, identifying a worsening humanitarian situation but reducing the appeal to $406 million from last year’s $474 million.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99636/Worsening-Afghan-humanitarian-situation-but-lower-appeal
Life at the end of the world’s largest refugee repatriation
31 January 2014 (IRIN ), Just before his 18th birthday, Naik Mohammad relocated to Afghanistan, a country he only knew from family stories and the television news.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99546/Life-at-the-end-of-the-world-s-largest-refugee-repatriation
Uncertainty delays Afghan refugee return
31 January 2014 (IRIN ), A slowdown in the number of Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan is expected to continue in 2014, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as Afghans at home and abroad look to the year ahead with some uncertainty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99545/Uncertainty-delays-Afghan-refugee-return
Fighting food insecurity in Afghanistan
3 January 2014 (IRIN ), A network of critical emergency grain reserves across Afghanistan is set to boost food security and help strengthen resilience in a country that struggles to grow enough food to feed its 31 million people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99420/Fighting-food-insecurity-in-Afghanistan
Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99381/Life-saving-hepatitis-C-drug-approved-but-cost-is-high
What’s keeping the military in Pakistan’s Swat Valley?
30 October 2013 (IRIN ), More than four years after Pakistan’s army launched a major offensive against Islamist militants in Swat Valley, close to the Afghan border, security has yet to fully return to the mountainous district, once a major tourist attraction.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99025/What-s-keeping-the-military-in-Pakistan-s-Swat-Valley
Afghan refugees in Pakistan wait for reforms
3 October 2013 (IRIN ), Whenever there is news about Afghanistan on the small television in the tea shop next to his food stall, Mohibullah Mughal listens carefully, catching the latest on the anticipated withdrawal of most foreign forces next year, the planned presidential elections and efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98873/Afghan-refugees-in-Pakistan-wait-for-reforms
Freedom from fear and the post-MDG agenda
24 September 2013 (IRIN ), Heroin from Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer, is sent across the border to Tajikistan and then on to Russia, the world’s largest consumer. Methamphetamines are sent from Benin via Egypt to Japan. Containers of Andean cocaine are shipped from Brazil to West Africa, where Nigerian smugglers then re-export the drugs to Western Europe. Migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia are smuggled to Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98821/Freedom-from-fear-and-the-post-MDG-agenda
Afghanistan's dancing boys
18 September 2013 (IRIN ), Sexual exploitation of boys, in particular the practice of "bacha bazi" (literally boy play) in which boys are "owned" for dancing and sex, remains one of the least talked about abuses in Afghanistan.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98776/Afghanistan-s-dancing-boys
Analysis: Land disputes add to Afghanistan’s security woes
10 September 2013 (IRIN ), Fifty years ago, Dost Mohammad's grandfather had 1,000 sheep grazing on the family's plot of land on the outskirts of Kunduz City, Afghanistan. The family's livestock numbers have since decreased significantly, but then, so has the size of their land.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98722/Analysis-Land-disputes-add-to-Afghanistan-s-security-woes

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