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139 children die in one month in drought-hit Pakistan district
4 February 2016 (IRIN ), At least 139 children died of waterborne disease in January in Pakistan's impoverished desert district of Tharparkar, which has been devastated by drought since 2013. Civil society groups and opposition politicians say the Sindh provincial government’s response to the crisis has been insufficient to prevent widespread hunger and disease.
No refuge: Central American children on the run in Mexico
20 January 2016 (IRIN ), Mexico is ill-equipped to deal with increasing numbers of children fleeing gang violence in Central America’s “Northern Triangle”.
Part of the family: Sicilians take in migrant children
12 January 2016 (IRIN ), A network of volunteers in Sicily, one of the frontlines of Europe’s migration crisis, has come up with a hands-on approach to help the record number of teenage migrants and refugees who have been arriving on the island without an adult guardian.
School closures fuel Taliban recruitment
16 December 2015 (IRIN ), Intensifying conflict in Afghanistan's Helmand Province has forced more than 50 schools to close, leaving about 100,000 students vulnerable to recruitment by the Taliban.
Is education Boko Haram’s biggest victim?
7 December 2015 (IRIN ), The mass abduction of schoolgirls, the displacement of millions, and the relentless suicide attacks have received most of the Boko Haram headlines, but the exodus of teachers and the disintegration of the education system could be a longer-lasting legacy that sets northeastern Nigeria back a generation.
Aid to Syrians: how far does it go?
25 November 2015 (IRIN ), Struggling to find work and receiving little aid, many of Lebanon's 1.1 million Syrian refugees are barely getting by. An estimated 90 percent are in debt and nearly all have to make sacrifices. IRIN asked six families how they make do.
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.

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