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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

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