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Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service
5 May 2014 (IRIN ), When Mary, aged 45, got sick, residents in her remote highland village in Papua New Guinea (PNG) did not take her to the doctor, but to a traditional healer believed to have magical powers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100040/Witchcraft-and-PNG-s-disappearing-health-service
Reducing the volcano risk in Indonesia
1 May 2014 (IRIN ), Millions of Indonesians who live near the country’s more than 130 active volcanoes are constantly having to decide whether to evacuate or not. Supporting “volcano cultures” with up-to-date evidence and strong leaders is one way to save more lives, say experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100019/Reducing-the-volcano-risk-in-Indonesia
Mental health woes for southern Thai women
30 April 2014 (IRIN ), Activists and academics in southern Thailand are calling for improved assistance, including mental health services, for women affected by the decade-long armed conflict between government forces and Muslims seeking greater autonomy.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100012/Mental-health-woes-for-southern-Thai-women
Combating food insecurity and displacement in drought-hit parts of Afghanistan
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), Ghor is one of the Afghan provinces most severely affected by consecutive droughts over the past few decades, creating alarming food shortages and displacement. Authorities admit the government’s weakness has prevented the implementation of large-scale, long-term responses like water management projects. Instead, aid workers have turned to small-scale projects, which they admit cannot solve all the community's problems, but have had some positive impact.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99973/Combating-food-insecurity-and-displacement-in-drought-hit-parts-of-Afghanistan
Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill
18 April 2014 (IRIN ), Human rights activists have strongly criticized the provisions of a proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill, saying it could grant amnesty to Maoist combatants and government troops for alleged crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99959/Nepal-activists-flay-reconciliation-bill
Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe
15 April 2014 (IRIN ), Human rights activists and academics in Sri Lanka remain divided over how best to proceed in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the final days of the country's decades-long civil war.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99945/Unclear-path-for-Sri-Lankan-war-probe
New-concept flood insurance could help Bangladesh's poor
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), A new insurance scheme in which pre-determined flood thresholds trigger speedy compensation offers hope for poor people in flood-prone Bangladesh, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99928/New-concept-flood-insurance-could-help-Bangladesh-s-poor
Hunger in Myanmar’s “dry zone”
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99919/Hunger-in-Myanmar-s-dry-zone
Filling Myanmar's Rakhine aid gap
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Aid agencies are trying to find practical ways of getting humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a series of attacks on the aid community there, and pending an agreement on the resumption of their operations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99910/Filling-Myanmar-s-Rakhine-aid-gap
Myanmar peace and development scorecard
8 April 2014 (IRIN ), Three years after Myanmar’s first nominally civilian government in decades came to power, many of the country’s 135 minority ethnic groups say they have yet to see any tangible change on the ground.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99899/Myanmar-peace-and-development-scorecard

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