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Planned dams threaten Cambodia's food security
28 July 2014 (IRIN ), The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100413/Planned-dams-threaten-Cambodia-s-food-security
Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar’s Kayah State
25 July 2014 (IRIN ), Landmine clearance in southern Myanmar’s Kayah State has still not begun despite a 2012 ceasefire between the main armed groups and the government. While negotiations between the ceasefire parties are ongoing, deep distrust remains, and there is little immediate prospect for the launch of clearance operations, experts and activists say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100404/Ceasefire-but-no-demining-in-Myanmar-s-Kayah-State
Capturing Asia’s aid response lessons
22 July 2014 (IRIN ), Governments, academics, humanitarians, military leaders, and activists from across the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Tokyo tomorrow to glean expertise on responses to humanitarian crises across the region in the lead-up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100386/Capturing-Asia-s-aid-response-lessons
Biharis in Bangladesh seek protection, justice
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), The recent violent attack on Urdu-speaking Biharis in the Bangladeshi capital highlights this minority’s ongoing protection needs: Community leaders allege political collusion in the attack.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100379/Biharis-in-Bangladesh-seek-protection-justice
Analysis: Why Timor-Leste’s stability could be deceptive
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Timor-Leste’s current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country’s first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100363/Analysis-Why-Timor-Leste-s-stability-could-be-deceptive
“No-build zones” confusion delays resettlement of Haiyan survivors
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Mixed messages related to “No-Build Zones” in coastal areas of the Philippines, including those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2014 can create a false sense of security, and prevent the rehabilitation of storm-displaced people, officials and experts warn.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100368/No-build-zones-confusion-delays-resettlement-of-Haiyan-survivors
Grassroots moves to quell Myanmar’s communal violence
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumours spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and a dozen injured.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100345/Grassroots-moves-to-quell-Myanmar-s-communal-violence
Pakistan flood victims await unfulfilled promises
14 July 2014 (IRIN ), Four years after a devastating landslide, displaced residents of northern Pakistan accuse the government of abandoning them.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100342/Pakistan-flood-victims-await-unfulfilled-promises
Business boost needed to sustain Philippines post-Haiyan recovery
8 July 2014 (IRIN ), Progress made during recovery stages after the November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines could be undermined without job creation strategies to secure stability beyond short-term livelihood projects, warn aid agencies and government officials.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100315/Business-boost-needed-to-sustain-Philippines-post-Haiyan-recovery
Flooding threat adds to woes of IDPs in Myanmar's Rakhine State
7 July 2014 (IRIN ), Recent heavy rain, coupled with the after-effects of a recent aid worker pull-out, is prompting health concerns in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State for the more than 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) mostly from the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100313/Flooding-threat-adds-to-woes-of-IDPs-in-Myanmar-s-Rakhine-State
Sri Lanka’s rehabilitated ex-combatants struggle to adjust
4 July 2014 (IRIN ), Five years after the end of a 26-year civil war, most former combatants from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in northern Sri Lanka have been rehabilitated and re-entered civilian life, but whether war-disabled or not, many are finding genuine integration difficult, according to rehabilitees, government officials and humanitarian workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100303/Sri-Lanka-s-rehabilitated-ex-combatants-struggle-to-adjust
Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt
2 July 2014 (IRIN ), The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost than they can afford - driving some of them further into poverty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100295/Stark-choice-for-many-Afghans-sickness-or-debt
Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap
1 July 2014 (IRIN ), Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly-served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services are weak.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100286/Text-and-voice-messages-help-close-Bangladesh-health-gap
Afghanistan becomes unlikely safe haven for Pakistani refugees
1 July 2014 (IRIN ), Nearly half a million people have been forced out of North Waziristan Agency by an ongoing Pakistani military operation there, including nearly 80,000 that have made their way to Afghanistan, a largely unprecedented movement.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100288/Afghanistan-becomes-unlikely-safe-haven-for-Pakistani-refugees
Lingering trauma impact of Timor-Leste’s violent past
30 June 2014 (IRIN ), Repeated bouts of violence in Timor Leste’s recent past and a persistent sense of injustice have had a lasting mental health impact, new research shows. Researchers say recovery may require more than therapeutic interventions.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100281/Lingering-trauma-impact-of-Timor-Leste-s-violent-past
Proposed bill inflames Myanmar's religious rights debate
26 June 2014 (IRIN ), Last month the Myanmar government published a religious conversion bill in the state-owned newspapers, requesting input from citizens. The publication follows a pro-bill campaign spearheaded by a group of Buddhist monks called the Organization for Protection of National Race and Religion in 2013.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100265/Proposed-bill-inflames-Myanmar-s-religious-rights-debate
Australian immigration policy piles pressure on Indonesia
24 June 2014 (IRIN ), The system for registering, protecting, and finding durable solutions for asylum seekers in Indonesia risks becoming overburdened - potentially sparking unrest - as migrant arrivals continue and Australia’s maritime immigration policy deters boat journeys, officials and activists say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100255/Australian-immigration-policy-piles-pressure-on-Indonesia
Alarm over post-Haiyan evacuation centre shortage
23 June 2014 (IRIN ), A shortage of viable evacuation centres in areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) has humanitarians and officials in the Philippines concerned that survivors will not have alternative accommodation in case of another one. The typhoon season usually lasts from June to November.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100247/Alarm-over-post-Haiyan-evacuation-centre-shortage
Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots signal deeper malaise
23 June 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka’s government should take action to prosecute acts of communal violence and promote peace, say observers, following the worst clashes in five years that left at least two dead and over 80 injured.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100248/Sri-Lanka-s-anti-Muslim-riots-signal-deeper-malaise
Rethinking Nepal’s uterine prolapse treatment
20 June 2014 (IRIN ), The Nepal government’s commitment to treat uterine prolapse, a debilitating life-long gynaecological condition, sparked an uptick in hysterectomies, but a new, less drastic low-cost intervention could spell hope for the thousands of Nepali women in need of treatment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100238/Rethinking-Nepal-s-uterine-prolapse-treatment

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