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School’s out for Syrian children in Turkey
4 November 2015 (IRIN ), Not so long ago, Syria had an education system that was the envy of the Arab world and was reflected in its 90 percent literacy rate. But education has become yet another casualty of a civil war now in its fifth year.
The EU’s dirty deal
19 October 2015 (IRIN ), Rebecca Bryant, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and an expert on civil conflict, borders, and displacement in the Eastern Mediterranean, warns that the EU’s deal with Turkey to contain the refugee crisis could have dangerous and far-reaching consequences for the region.
How many refugee children can Sweden take?
15 October 2015 (IRIN ), Sweden is experiencing a rapid rise in the numbers of unaccompanied refugee children seeking asylum there. In the first two weeks of October alone, well over 4,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in the country, bringing the total this year to 18,000, more than two and a half times the 7,000 that came during the whole of 2014.
IRIN's Top Picks: Overhauling aid, ending poverty and 'philanthrocapitalism'
9 October 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs, and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
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

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