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Analysis: Pakistan's judges and military clash over rule of law
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), Mohabat Shah has stood silently before the bench at Pakistan's Supreme Court nearly every day last week. Shah's four-year search for his son, Yasin, has come down to a handful of court hearings that are testing the power of Pakistan's civilian government over its military.
Typhoon survivors need shelter
6 December 2013 (IRIN ), Shelter for displaced people is fast emerging as a key priority after more than one million homes were damaged or destroyed when Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines a month ago. With sustained winds of 235 km/h and gusts of 275 km/h, the storm, locally known as Yolanda, was among the strongest storms ever recorded.
Papuan returnees live with broken promises in Indonesia
5 December 2013 (IRIN ), Refugees who have returned to Indonesia’s Papua province from exile in neighbouring Papua New Guinea (PNG) are disillusioned with their new lives. Provincial officials pledged money, jobs and homes in 2009, but four years later, although some of the former refugees have homes, few have found steady work.
Myanmar’s Kachin IDPs seek land justice
5 December 2013 (IRIN ), Even if a nationwide ceasefire is signed between the Burmese government and armed opposition groups, people displaced by fighting in Myanmar’s Kachin State may face land tenure problems when they return to their homes, say rights groups.
Keeping malnutrition on radar after Typhoon Haiyan
5 December 2013 (IRIN ), Nearly one month after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, displacing more than four million people, health experts are trying to lower the rising risk of malnutrition among 1.5 million children under five, and help hundreds of thousands of women continue breastfeeding.
Maternal healthcare struggles for survival after Typhoon Haiyan
5 December 2013 (IRIN ), The massive destruction of healthcare facilities, with disruption to access and delivery as well as protracted displacement caused by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) will further undermine precarious maternal health provision in the Philippines, warn experts.
Pakistan's polio fight goes under the radar
4 December 2013 (IRIN ), A few torn remnants of a government poster advertising an anti-polio drive conducted in 2012 are still visible on the gate of Sajjida Bibi’s house, and the impression given to passers-by is that years of vaccination drives have come to an end. She has delivered polio vaccines to children for over twelve years as part of government health teams. But this year things changed.
Healthcare out of reach in Myanmar’s Chin State
4 December 2013 (IRIN ), In northwestern Myanmar’s mountainous Chin State, Lu Lein, a widow in her late 50s, often finds breathing difficult, her heart palpitations are worrying, and even small efforts can be exhausting, but she has no idea what these symptoms mean. She lives in a village an hour by motorbike over rocky hills from Kanpetlet, the nearest township.
Tackling indigenous unemployment in Indonesia’s Papua
4 December 2013 (IRIN ), Indigenous people in Papua, Indonesia's easternmost province, struggle for employment because most jobs in the gold-rich region go to migrants despite government efforts to tackle growing income inequality. Service industry jobs in the provincial capital, Jayapura, are taken mostly by non-indigenous Papuans, who make up half the province's 2.8 million people.
Tacloban’s typhoon-hit businessmen urged to return
4 December 2013 (IRIN ), Sitting inside the makeshift kiosk she built from iron sheeting, tarpaulin and pieces of wood, typhoon survivor Jennifer Bernal personifies economic resilience as a lamp casts a glow across her face and the simple household goods she sells in Tacloban in the wake of the category 5 storm [] that devastated large parts of the city.

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