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Agencies overwhelmed as Mindanao conflict flares again
25 March 2015 (IRIN ), Humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope with a growing number of people displaced by fighting in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says more than 120,000 have sought shelter in public buildings or informal camps. The latest conflict, sparked by a botched anti-terror raid, threatens the future of much heralded peace deal.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101274/Agencies-overwhelmed-as-Mindanao-conflict-flares-again
What terrorism does: Fear and anger for Christians after Pakistan bombs
19 March 2015 (IRIN ), A few days after bombings targeting Pakistani churches, the country's Christian minority is angry about the present but fearful for its future.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101253/What-terrorism-does-Fear-and-anger-for-Christians-after-Pakistan-bombs
Scale of Vanuatu cyclone disaster complicates aid response
16 March 2015 (IRIN ), The scale of Vanuatu’s cyclone disaster is matched only by the complexity of the required humanitarian response, according to both the government and aid workers arriving on the battered Pacific islands.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101239/Scale-of-Vanuatu-cyclone-disaster-complicates-aid-response
Vanuatu reeling from impact of cyclone Pam
14 March 2015 (IRIN ), The closure of the main airport in Vanuatu is hampering the humanitarian response to cyclone Pam, which tore through the Pacific island archipelago yesterday, causing colossal damage.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101235/Vanuatu-reeling-from-impact-of-cyclone-Pam
Cyclone Pam batters Vanuatu
13 March 2015 (IRIN ), As cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm, makes landfall today on the pacific islands of Vanuatu, humanitarian workers there say the urban poor are especially at risk.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101233/Cyclone-Pam-batters-Vanuatu
Pakistani polio campaign under threat
4 March 2015 (IRIN ), As Pakistan arrests 470 parents for refusing to vaccinate their children from polio, aid workers are describing increasing hostility.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101194/Pakistani-polio-campaign-under-threat
Disaster warnings ignored in Sri Lanka
2 March 2015 (IRIN ), Lives and livelihoods are being lost unnecessarily in Sri Lanka because local communities are ignoring disaster warnings. More than 70 people died in the last two months of 2014 as a result of floods and landslides while the earlier part of the year was marked by a prolonged drought, severely impacting the rice harvest.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101174/Disaster-warnings-ignored-in-Sri-Lanka
India-Pakistan: The new victims of an old border dispute
25 February 2015 (IRIN ), India and Pakistan’s decades-old territorial dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir is often portrayed as a dormant conflict. But for the people of the region it is anything but.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101158/India-Pakistan-The-new-victims-of-an-old-border-dispute
How to improve health for Myanmar's ethnic minorities
19 February 2015 (IRIN ), Provision of health care in remote, conflict-affected regions in Myanmar continues to face chronic challenges despite recent ceasefires allowing greater access, according to new research. Developing existing ethnic minority health systems could be part of the solution, but it would require government recognition and international support.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101145/How-to-improve-health-for-Myanmar-s-ethnic-minorities
Peshawar killings provoke crackdown on Afghans
5 February 2015 (IRIN ), Thousands of Afghans in Pakistan have been arrested or moved from their homes of many years in the wake of December’s killing of over 100 schoolchildren in the city of Peshawar. The Afghans, the majority of whom are not registered refugees, have been targeted in a government crackdown announced immediately after the killings.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101096/Peshawar-killings-provoke-crackdown-on-Afghans
Opening up? Sri Lanka's new government confronts legacy of war
3 February 2015 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka’s new government says it will tackle sensitive issues relating to the civil war that ended in May 2009, including allegations of human rights abuses, missing persons and political prisoners. But it still insists international investigators are not welcome.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101085/Opening-up-Sri-Lanka-s-new-government-confronts-legacy-of-war
Sri Lanka's NGOs test limits of new freedoms
28 January 2015 (IRIN ), The surprise victory of Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka's recent presidential election could signal an easing of restrictions on NGOs and activists working in the conflict-scarred north. Early indications suggest the highly sensitive issue of the thousands still missing after the end of the war is now no longer politically taboo. But will the new space for discussion lead to concrete action?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101057/Sri-Lanka-s-NGOs-test-limits-of-new-freedoms
Myanmar’s reform roller coaster
23 January 2015 (IRIN ), MSF's announcement that it has resumed operations in Rakhine state is welcome news. But the space for humanitarian agencies shifts in line with Myanmar's stumbling reform process. And in an election year, it could become an increasingly bumpy ride.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101041/Myanmar-s-reform-roller-coaster
Accountability after Haiyan
21 January 2015 (IRIN ), When Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines in November 2013, the emergency response was a test case for the aid industry's aspiration to be accountable to affected populations. What lessons were learnt?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101033/Accountability-after-Haiyan
Aid at risk as Afghanistan's war splinters
19 January 2015 (IRIN ), Delivering aid to millions of Afghans in need will be even more dangerous in 2015, as government forces and militant groups splinter and security deteriorates, analysts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101022/Aid-at-risk-as-Afghanistan-s-war-splinters
Vietnamese asylum cases test Cambodia
30 December 2014 (IRIN ), Cambodia’s actions in the ongoing case of a group of Vietnamese ethnic minorities suggests the country’s capacity and willingness to protect asylum seekers remains weak. A group was transferred to the capital, Pnom Penh, in recent weeks to have their claims processed which, refugee advocates say, will be a “test” for the Cambodian government as it prepares to welcome some 1,000 refugees from Australian detention centres.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100979/Vietnamese-asylum-cases-test-Cambodia
Aceh's unfinished recovery
26 December 2014 (IRIN ), In a guest post, Lilianne Fan with Overseas Development Institute examines the fallout of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs and devastated coastal towns and communities. The impact was global in scale - an estimated 270,000 people killed or missing across 14 countries, with casualties in 46 nations. But while the tsunami’s destruction was felt around the world, Aceh was by far the region most devastated by the disaster, bearing almost half of the total damage and losses worldwide.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100972/Aceh-s-unfinished-recovery
Aceh redux: The legacy of Aceh’s emergency economy
24 December 2014 (IRIN ), What happens when you suddenly inject billions of dollars, hundreds of jobs and 500 aid agencies into to an isolated corner of the world battered by more than a quarter century of conflict and then devastated by one of the world’s worst natural disasters? IRIN looks back at some of the unintended and residual consequences of the international response in Indonesia’s Aceh Province to the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100961/Aceh-redux-The-legacy-of-Aceh-s-emergency-economy
Sri Lanka, the tsunami and the evolution of disaster response
24 December 2014 (IRIN ), On the morning of 26 December 2004, Mohideen Ajeemal, a fish distributor from Sainathimaruthu, a village on Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, hurriedly climbed a coconut tree to escape rapidly rising seawater. As he did so he saw his young daughter and son struggling to save themselves. “I found both bodies later that afternoon. My son’s body was swept away about a mile, my daughter’s had got stuck in a fence,” he said.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100962/Sri-Lanka-the-tsunami-and-the-evolution-of-disaster-response
Aceh redux: The tsunami that helped stop a war
23 December 2014 (IRIN ), When the earthquake struck, Irwandi Yusuf, a leader in the armed separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM), was startled in his prison bunk. He began to pack his possessions into a plastic bag. “The earthquake was strong, I thought there might be a tsunami,” he said. “I knew many people would run toward the main door, and the prison guard would shut the gate to stop the crowd because he didn’t know the tsunami was coming.”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100960/Aceh-redux-The-tsunami-that-helped-stop-a-war

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