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The identity crisis frustrating Nepal's quake survivors
21 May 2015 (IRIN ), Mento Ghale did what any parent would do when Nepal’s 25 April earthquake struck her village of Mailung: she grabbed the children and got them out of the house as quickly as she could.
Glimmer of hope for Southeast Asia's migrants
20 May 2015 (IRIN ), Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to provide temporary shelter and assistance to thousands of migrants still stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, but they have stopped short of offering to find their boats and bring them ashore.
Kept afloat by hope - the endless odyssey of the Rohingya
18 May 2015 (IRIN ), Faizal Ahmad has just spent six months at sea, in an open boat crammed with 450 people, praying that Allah would deliver him to safety and a future free of persecution.
All at sea: what lies behind Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis?
15 May 2015 (IRIN ), The plight of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from Myanmar and Bangladesh, left adrift without food and water for nearly a week, has all the hallmarks of a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Yet despite statements of concern from governments, aid agencies and human rights groups, there is little sign of a coordinated plan to address the issue.
Shaken by quakes, Nepal now needs to survive the monsoon
15 May 2015 (IRIN ), Three weeks after a major earthquake struck Nepal, aid efforts have yet to reach many remote communities. Now those still living amid the rubble of their villages must survive the monsoon due in the next few weeks.
Malaysia and Thailand leave migrant boats adrift
13 May 2015 (IRIN ), As Europe focuses on the migrants in the Mediterranean, another humanitarian crisis is playing out on a stretch of water between the Andaman Sea and the Strait of Malacca in Southeast Asia. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants have been deserted by smugglers and left adrift for days without food or water.
Noul hits, but Philippines learns the lessons of Haiyan
11 May 2015 (IRIN ), Powerful Typhoon Noul slammed into the the Philippines late Sunday, but the damage was less severe than some had feared. Officials say lessons learned in the wake of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster had proved effective and people had this time heeded warnings and moved to safety.
Psychologists stay home: Nepal doesn't need you
11 May 2015 (IRIN ), Following the earthquake in Nepal, psychologist Alessandra Pigni recalls her experiences in humanitarian aid: she reminds Western do-gooders that affected populations are resilient and that pathologising suffering after a traumatic event may get in the way of healing and recovery.
Are mothers and children missing out on Nepal aid?
7 May 2015 (IRIN ), The way aid in Nepal is prioritised has led to fears that pregnant and breastfeeding women in certain areas may not be receiving the specialised help they need. Nirmala Tamang is breastfeeding and worried about her two infants:
Nepal quake fund move is PR fiasco*
5 May 2015 (IRIN ), The Nepalese government’s decision to route earthquake donations through the bank account of the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund has been a public relations disaster, introducing suspicions about the politicisation of aid even if there is no evidence of foul play.
Meet the local volunteers behind Nepal's aid effort
3 May 2015 (IRIN ), When residents of Nepal's remote Dalchowki village first received assistance after last week's earthquake knocked most of their homes to the ground, they were greeted not by the government, the United Nations or NGOs.
Photo feature: Nepal - outside Kathmandu
1 May 2015 (IRIN ), IRIN travelled first to the city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO world heritage site about 12 kilometers outside Kathmandu, then on to the smaller communities of Harisiddhi and Bungamati where we witnessed devastating physical damage and personal loss.
WTF? A guide to disaster aid acronyms
1 May 2015 (IRIN ), The aftermath of a natural disasters is an ARE - an acronym-rich environment. Here's a handy phrasebook.
Inside the logistics hub at Kathmandu's airport
1 May 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to the Humanitarian Staging Area at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, where aid workers and government officials are sifting through tons of cargo in a bid to make the logistics of the earthquake response as efficient as possible.
'We've given up hope': Nepali villagers wait for the aid that never comes
30 April 2015 (IRIN ), Villagers in Nepal's Kavre district do not live close to the epicentre of Saturday's earthquake, nor are they easily reached from the capital Kathmandu. But they are desperate and they do want help.
Is it really time to call off search-and-rescue in Nepal?
30 April 2015 (IRIN ), The Nepalese government called off search-and-rescue today in favour of dead body removal, just as a 15-year-old boy was pulled out of the rubble alive. Five days after the earthquake, is it too soon to stop trying to find survivors?
New socks never worn: One girl's story ahead of Afghanistan's fighting season
29 April 2015 (IRIN ), When the snows melt in Afghanistan, the water feeds down from the Hindu Kush and brings life to the valleys and plains. But for more years than most here care to remember, spring also means death, as the fighting season begins in earnest.
Aboard Flight 652: Nepalese migrants head home to help
29 April 2015 (IRIN ), Nepalese migrants working in the Gulf are heading home to help their families and their country, in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit on 25 April, killing more than 5,000 people.
Nepal earthquake response - updates
27 April 2015 (IRIN ), The true scale of the disaster inflicted on Nepal after a powerful earthquake struck on Saturday is only now emerging. The number of killed and injured continues to rise and many remote communities have yet to be reached. As the humanitarian response takes shape, what is needed and what are the challenges likely to be?
Hunt on for Nepal quake survivors
27 April 2015 (IRIN ), Rescue teams continue to dig through the rubble of buildings destroyed by Saturday's earthquake, trying to reach people trapped beneath the debris. The scale of the disaster is becoming ever clearer with hospitals overwhelmed and basic necessities running short.

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