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"They beat us with chains": Life inside Libya's migrant detention centres
27 May 2015 (IRIN ), After enduring long, perilous journeys through the Sahara desert, often experiencing kidnapping and violence at the hands of smugglers, migrants and asylum-seekers who eventually reach Libya risk arrest and long periods of incarceration in one of the country’s 20 official detention centres – all of which are overcrowded and underfunded.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101549/They-beat-us-with-chains-Life-inside-Libya-s-migrant-detention-centres
An ‘almost impossible job’ - 10 tips for the UN's next humanitarian boss
26 May 2015 (IRIN ), Former UN humanitarian chief John Holmes has a few words of advice for the next person to take up the job, British politician Stephen O'Brien.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101540/An-almost-impossible-job-10-tips-for-the-UN-s-next-humanitarian-boss
Which way is up? Flatpacks alone can't solve global shelter crisis*
25 May 2015 (IRIN ), IKEA's new flatpack shelter partnership with the UNHCR is well and good, but how about reforming the process as well as the product? Now that could make a more profound difference, Paul Currion argues in his latest column.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101538/Which-way-is-up-Flatpacks-alone-can-t-solve-global-shelter-crisis
IRIN’s Top Picks: Siege gardening, Scientology and aid pledges
22 May 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101532/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Siege-gardening-Scientology-and-aid-pledges
Migrants' limbo in Spain's African enclave
22 May 2015 (IRIN ), The Spanish enclave of Melilla inside Morocco is currently home to some 1,200 migrants and asylum seekers, some of whom have been waiting over a year either for an asylum decision or transfer to detention centres in mainland Spain.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101533/Migrants-limbo-in-Spain-s-African-enclave
Why bin Laden's thoughts matter
21 May 2015 (IRIN ), Osama bin Laden's recently released writings on humanitarian aid were treated with skepticism and scorn by many observers. Here's why you should pay attention.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101526/Why-bin-Laden-s-thoughts-matter
Philippines strives to end recruitment of child soldiers
20 May 2015 (IRIN ), The Philippines government has taken steps to make good on its pledged to stop the use of child soldiers by all official and non-state armed groups. But the apparent surrender of an 11 year-old boy who has been fighting with the communist New People's Army for the past six years, shows the practice is still widespread among the country's insurgent militias.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101517/Philippines-strives-to-end-recruitment-of-child-soldiers
Migrant crisis spreads to Greek isles
19 May 2015 (IRIN ), Greece appears set for a summer of migrant chaos, with soaring numbers of people arriving by boat at southern Aegean islands where tourist bookings and ill-equipped authorities could soon lead to an accommodation crisis.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101512/Migrant-crisis-spreads-to-Greek-isles
IRIN’s Top Picks: Migration, private sector and Twitter Jihad
15 May 2015 (IRIN ), This week's Top Picks include a look at migration through a capitalist lens, Islamic State's use of social media, a take on the UK election, and an examination of aid to post-conflict states.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101500/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Migration-private-sector-and-Twitter-Jihad
Help at last for Sri Lanka war widows
13 May 2015 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's new government is finally addressing the plight of women made widows by the country's long and bitter civil war. The fighting may be over, but a staggering number of families in the north of the country, where the fighting was fiercest, are now headed by single women who are struggling to make ends meet.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101486/Help-at-last-for-Sri-Lanka-war-widows
Beyond quotas: What else is new in EU migration policy?
12 May 2015 (IRIN ), The European Commission releases its long-awaited European Agenda on Migration on Wednesday, but a leaked draft of the new policy is already in circulation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101485/Beyond-quotas-What-else-is-new-in-EU-migration-policy
Bringing drones down to earth
12 May 2015 (IRIN ), Disaster coverage now seems incomplete without amazing drone footage of the damage, accompanied by effusive media reports on the technological wizardry of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their humanitarian application. But is that really the story? Here’s a look at the evolution needed for them to better fulfill their potential.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101481/Bringing-drones-down-to-earth
Latin America faces up to urban ‘war’
11 May 2015 (IRIN ), From the privileged setting of World Economic Forum talks in an exclusive, well-protected hotel in Mexico, the crime rocking Latin American cities can seem like a remote problem. But unrivalled urban growth and rampant violence are making the issue increasingly hard for leaders to ignore.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101475/Latin-America-faces-up-to-urban-war
Should Europe open its borders or shore them up?
11 May 2015 (IRIN ), This week promises to be an important one for Europe’s response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean, where more than 1,800 migrants have lost their lives since the beginning of the year.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101478/Should-Europe-open-its-borders-or-shore-them-up
IRIN’s Top Picks: Separation, compassion and re-shaping aid
8 May 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of noteworthy humanitarian journalism and research, compiled by the editorial team.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101467/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Separation-compassion-and-re-shaping-aid
Beyond the body counts: Why murder rates matter to humanitarians
8 May 2015 (IRIN ), Murder statistics can speak volumes about a country and help guide humanitarian intervention. That's the idea behind the Homicide Monitor, an online data visualisation tool launched this week. We delve beyond the headline figures.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101469/Beyond-the-body-counts-Why-murder-rates-matter-to-humanitarians
Rescued! From shipwreck to safety
8 May 2015 (IRIN ), Horrifying footage emerged on Tuesday showing dozens of migrants desperately trying to escape their deflating dingy and climb aboard a cargo ship that had come to their rescue, just south of Sicily.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101472/Rescued-From-shipwreck-to-safety
10 key trends in record year for internal displacement
6 May 2015 (IRIN ), Those trying to escape conflict and violence often only make headlines when they cross an international border and become refugees, but the majority of people forced to flee their homes seek refuge within the borders of their own country. They are “internally displaced persons,” or IDPs. By the end of 2014 there were 38 million of them, more than twice the number of refugees.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101457/10-key-trends-in-record-year-for-internal-displacement
No husband, no home: Migrant wives struggle in Nepal
4 May 2015 (IRIN ), Every year thousands of Nepalese men travel abroad in search of work, leaving their families behind. So when a powerful earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, many women suddenly found themselves without a home to live in or a husband to help. In a country where gender discrimination is common, these migrants' wives are now especially vulnerable.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101446/No-husband-no-home-Migrant-wives-struggle-in-Nepal
US locks up asylum-seeker families
2 May 2015 (IRIN ), An aggressive strategy by the United States to deter thousands of people fleeing violence in Mexico and Central America includes keeping women and children in detention for months while they await asylum hearings.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101439/US-locks-up-asylum-seeker-families

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