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Can new governors turn the Taliban tide in northern Afghanistan?
8 October 2015 (IRIN ), The replacement of four provincial governors in northern Afghanistan could stem years of steady gains made by the Taliban in the region, where thousands of people have been displaced by violence.
Aid agencies withdraw from Afghanistan’s north
5 October 2015 (IRIN ), The United Nations has evacuated staff from areas of northern Afghanistan where a suspected American airstrike hit a clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières, forcing it to leave Kunduz Province – the latest in a growing number of humanitarian agencies withdrawing from the north as violence increases.
Doctors overwhelmed in Afghan city taken by Taliban
30 September 2015 (IRIN ), With the government hospital shut down, a facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières is now the only place for people needing urgent trauma care to be treated in Kunduz, which was taken by the Taliban on Monday. Afghan forces have been battling the insurgents to regain control of the northern city of about 300,000 people, and residents are caught in the middle.
Is the Philippine army turning a blind eye to murder?
29 September 2015 (IRIN ), Has the Philippine army been in cahoots with armed groups accused of murdering civilians in the southern region of Mindanao? That’s the focus of an investigation the government has finally agreed to undertake.
Flooding in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta
17 September 2015 (IRIN ), Almost two months after Cyclone Komen triggered Myanmar’s worst flooding in recent memory, parts of the Irrawaddy delta remain submerged while rising river levels have prompted the government to urge people in some areas to evacuate.
Sri Lankans disabled by war, forgotten in peace
16 September 2015 (IRIN ), Government soldiers can receive assistance packages for injuries sustained during the war, including the continuation of salaries for those able to work at desk jobs, or long-term care in military-run facilities for those severely disabled. But there is no programme to help civilians and former Tamil Tigers who remain permanently affected by injuries.
Did the Khmer Rouge commit genocide?
14 September 2015 (IRIN ), During its short stay in power in the late 1970s, the Khmer Rouge killed about a quarter of Cambodia’s population, but did they commit genocide? After four years of trying surviving senior leaders of the regime, a war crimes tribunal is only now attempting to answer that question.
Will a Rohingya refugee go full circle after fleeing Myanmar?
10 September 2015 (IRIN ), Sequestered in a compound in Cambodia after a controversial refugee resettlement deal with Australia, a Rohingya man says he want to go back to the country he fled.
How anxiety and despair haunt trafficked children
9 September 2015 (IRIN ), For children and young people exploited by traffickers in Southeast Asia, escape or rescue ought to put an end to their nightmare. But new research paints a grim picture of the lasting effects on their mental health.
Typhoon Grindr: love, liberation and post-disaster sex in the Philippines
8 September 2015 (IRIN ), Researcher Jonathan Corpus Ong found an unexpected silver lining in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan:
Abuses rise along with pro-Afghan government militias
7 September 2015 (IRIN ), In a bid to enforce its authority in Kunduz where the Taliban has taken over about 70 percent of the province, the Afghan government has scaled up support of militia – a controversial tactic since such groups have a history of abuses against civilians, according to Human Rights Watch and others.
The $1bn hole in Afghanistan’s refugee system
3 September 2015 (IRIN ), The United States has allocated $950 million for assisting Afghan refugees and returnees, but much of that money has been lost to corruption while those in need remain in dire conditions, according to a report released today by a congress-appointed auditor.
Will UN report bring justice for Sri Lanka war victims?
2 September 2015 (IRIN ), After acceding to the Sri Lankan government’s request to delay by six months a report examining crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war, the Geneva-based United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is scheduled to finally release the results of its investigation within the next two weeks.
When Myanmar votes, Rohingya must stay home
1 September 2015 (IRIN ), In the 2010 general elections, about 150,000 Muslims in this isolated township in western Myanmar were able to cast their votes. When the country returns to the polls in November the number of Muslim voters here is likely to be about a dozen.
Will Thailand deport Uighurs who fled China?
27 August 2015 (IRIN ), Despite Thailand's recent deportation of 109 ethnic Uighurs to China where they could face torture, about 60 members of the persecuted minority who remain in detention are refusing to register with the United Nations as asylum seekers.
After Nepal, is South Asia prepared for the Big One?
24 August 2015 (IRIN ), When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, it flattened villages and killed more than 9,000 people. It should also have sent countries across the region scrambling to improve preparedness systems; yet experts say too little is being done to get ready for the next big quake.
Lessons from the rubble in Nepal
21 August 2015 (IRIN ), More than a million Nepalese children no longer have access to safe classrooms after earthquakes in April and May this year. Children are learning in makeshift classrooms fashioned out of tarpaulin sheets and poles, while others are still being taught on the rubble of their former schools.
Farm debt rises as Myanmar floodwaters recede
19 August 2015 (IRIN ), One month after torrential rains submerged much of Myanmar, the floodwaters are finally receding. But the government says 773,000 acres of farmland were damaged, including nursery plots containing seedlings for the next crop. If farmers don’t get a crop into the ground within two weeks they will miss out on the harvest in November and December.
Hunger in the jungle as Myanmar blocks aid
17 August 2015 (IRIN ), Local aid groups and the United Nations are urging Myanmar to allow access to about 1,400 people who are running out of food in makeshift camps in the jungle after fleeing clashes between the military and an ethnic armed group in Kachin state.
Drought by numbers in North Korea
13 August 2015 (IRIN ), Health, nutrition and sanitation conditions have deteriorated for citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) due to “a long period of abnormally dry weather,” according to the UN’s emergency aid coordination body OCHA.

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