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What happened to Liberia’s Ebola orphans?
7 October 2015 (IRIN ), Many of the Liberian children who lost one or both parents to Ebola have since found loving homes, but others are still struggling to survive.
The humanitarian caste system?
30 September 2015 (IRIN ), Syrians are everyone’s new favourite refugees. But the growing perception that they receive preferential treatment from governments, volunteers and aid agencies is undermining humanitarian principles and causing serious problems for responders in Lesvos and beyond.
Cattle rustlers profit from Boko Haram bonanza
28 September 2015 (IRIN ), Cattle theft has long been a problem in northwestern Nigeria but the general insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency is emboldening seasoned rustlers and encouraging those struggling with endemic poverty and high unemployment to turn to it as a lucrative second ‘career’, with potentially disastrous consequences.
Slideshow: Humans of Syria
28 September 2015 (IRIN ), Objects of pity or attractive prospective employees? The Syrians landing on the beaches on the Greek island of Lesvos have some serious CVs. IRIN policy editor Imogen Wall spoke to some about the professional skills they have to offer Europe, and their career ambitions.
The refugee crisis: time for some perspective
24 September 2015 (IRIN ), At the end of a long summer that has seen record numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on Europe’s shores, EU member states are still deeply divided in their response to the crisis. This week, they agreed to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from over-burdened frontline states like Greece and Italy to other EU countries over the next two years, despite four countries voting against the deal. This IRIN film puts this latest figure into a bit of perspective.
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.
Freedom brings stigma and fresh fears for Boko Haram 'wives'
1 September 2015 (IRIN ), Hundreds of women and girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram have since escaped or been rescued, but their struggles are far from over.
Farmers turn to fishing as Zimbabwe crops fail
31 August 2015 (IRIN ), The lean season in Zimbabwe has rarely been so lean. Harvests have failed across the country after a cruel combination of late rains, floods and drought. Farmers are turning their hand to just about anything to ensure their families don't starve...
Eyes Wide Shut: The challenge of humanitarian biometrics
26 August 2015 (IRIN ), The use of biometrics clearly has a role to play in humanitarianism. The challenge, says IRIN columnist Paul Currion, is to protect the vulnerable, whose identities may be vital for accessing government services, while preventing powerful states and private companies who may seek to experiment or exploit.
The lost childhoods behind our chocolate
25 August 2015 (IRIN ), An estimated 1.62 million children are forced to work in Cote d'Ivoire each year. The majority spend their days in cocoa fields, cultivating the beans that will eventually become chocolate.
Why child migrants are playing grown up in Italy
27 July 2015 (IRIN ), Since the start of the year, nearly 7,500 child migrants have arrived in Italy without a parent or guardian. Many don't admit to being under 18 for fear the authorities will place them in a centre for unaccompanied migrant children, dashing their hopes of reaching northern Europe.
Scars deepen for Ukraine's children
20 July 2015 (IRIN ), Children near the frontlines in Ukraine are increasingly showing the psychological and social effects of the lengthening conflict. A UNICEF program is trying to provide therapy through art, games and group discussion. But as the war goes on, the scars are only likely to deepen:
US failing kids fleeing Central America
17 July 2015 (IRIN ), Mechanisms put in place to stop an unprecedented influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America to the southern US border – which peaked last summer – are failing scores of children fleeing violence in their native countries:
For Ugandan children born of war, the struggle continues
7 July 2015 (IRIN ), Actual combat may have ended almost a decade ago in northern Uganda, but for many women abducted by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the children they conceived in captivity, the war is far from over.
Niger: Boko Haram's neglected crisis
29 June 2015 (IRIN ), Nigerian families first began seeking refuge in Niger in 2013, but Boko Haram-related violence in the region has spiked in recent months, causing the number of refugees to balloon and leading to a fast-growing humanitarian crisis that is garnering little international media attention:
Pakistan turns up the heat on NGOs
19 June 2015 (IRIN ), The recent closure of Save the Children USA in Pakistan has further soured relations between NGOs and the government, potentially putting at risk life-saving programs for tens of thousands of people across the country
Stateless in the Sahel
18 June 2015 (IRIN ), Thousands of children born to Mauritanian refugees in Mali are at risk of becoming stateless because they have not been issued birth certificates.
Does labour migration do more harm than good?
12 June 2015 (IRIN ), Unlike its namesake, Jeddah Village boasts no sprawling shopping centres or skyscrapers soaring from the desert sands, but this cluster of homes in Indonesia’s Cireunghas district is intimately tied to Saudi Arabia’s commercial capital: many of the houses were built with money saved by locals who travelled there to work.
IRIN’s Top Picks: Burundi, bombs and bogus claims
5 June 2015 (IRIN ), This week our Top Picks cover the deadly civilian toll in Yemen, Burundi, the battle against self-declared Islamic State in Iraq, an alleged aid scandal in Haiti, and how to change the global aid infrastructure for the better:
Iraqi IDPs: one year and counting
4 June 2015 (IRIN ), One year on from the fall of Mosul to militants from the so-called Islamic State, displaced families living in a camp in Erbil tell IRIN how they are coming to terms with their new situation but still dream of one day being able to go home.

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