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Chaotic closure of a North Kivu IDP camp
18 December 2014 (IRIN ), The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100953/Chaotic-closure-of-a-North-Kivu-IDP-camp
Looming DRC offensive prompts “humanitarian fallout” fears
16 December 2014 (IRIN ), Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100947/Looming-DRC-offensive-prompts-humanitarian-fallout-fears
Time for re-think on humanitarian funding?
16 December 2014 (IRIN ), The World Food Programme (WFP) is among many agencies struggling to raise enough money to support the growing number of vulnerable people caught up in crises around the world. Aid experts say the humanitarian funding system needs an overhaul.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100945/Time-for-re-think-on-humanitarian-funding
Timor-Leste's judicial lurch could worsen domestic violence trauma
15 December 2014 (IRIN ), Timor-Leste's efforts to reduce the prevalence of domestic gender-based violence through criminalization and prosecution, already hampered by a general lack of trust in the formal court system, have suffered a fresh setback with the enforced departure of 11 foreign judicial staff who had played a key role in delivering justice in rural areas.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100942/Timor-Leste-s-judicial-lurch-could-worsen-domestic-violence-trauma
Boko Haram fuels displacement crisis in Niger’s Diffa Region
12 December 2014 (IRIN ), Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram militias have driven nearly 90,000 people into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year, sparking food security and protection worries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100937/Boko-Haram-fuels-displacement-crisis-in-Niger-s-Diffa-Region
IRIN's top reads this week
11 December 2014 (IRIN ), Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100934/IRIN-s-top-reads-this-week
Libya's sidelined IDPs
10 December 2014 (IRIN ), Displaced families from Libya's Tawergha minority say they have been sidelined by their government and forgotten by the international aid community. More than 35,000 Tawergha who were displaced by the 2011 uprising are still living in temporary camps and shelters with only limited support.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100931/Libya-s-sidelined-IDPs
Massacres highlight complexity of violence in DRC’s Beni Territory
10 December 2014 (IRIN ), The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs are active in the area and the culprits of these killings have not been incontrovertibly identified.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100932/Massacres-highlight-complexity-of-violence-in-DRC-s-Beni-Territory
IRIN's top reads this week
4 December 2014 (IRIN ), Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100914/IRIN-s-top-reads-this-week
Boko Haram hits north Cameroon schools
1 December 2014 (IRIN ), Nearly 70 schools in Cameroon’s Far North Region have been forced to close, are damaged, or operate intermittently as a result of the recurrent cross-border raids by Nigerian Boko Haram insurgents, officials say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100902/Boko-Haram-hits-north-Cameroon-schools
Middle East/North Africa HIV Rise
1 December 2014 (IRIN ), Rates of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are rising faster in the Middle East and North Africa than anywhere else globally but treatment and patient support remains limited.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100904/Middle-East-North-Africa-HIV-Rise
Terrorism hits education, health in Kenya’s marginalized Mandera
28 November 2014 (IRIN ), People in northern Kenya’s marginalized Mandera County face a devastating loss of basic services as teachers, healthcare workers and other state employees face calls to leave in the wake of a terrorist attack which claimed 28 bus passengers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100891/Terrorism-hits-education-health-in-Kenya-s-marginalized-Mandera
Northeast Nigeria: "Hundreds of thousands have fled"
28 November 2014 (IRIN ), More than 400,000 people in northeastern Nigeria, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians escalate.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100890/Northeast-Nigeria-Hundreds-of-thousands-have-fled
Iraqi farmers suffer as land seized by militants
26 November 2014 (IRIN ), Across Iraq as the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) continues to hold large swathes of land, there are concerns not just about farmers’ lost livelihoods, but also the impact that uncollected harvests and the lack of winter planting will have on Iraq’s food security into next year and beyond.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100886/Iraqi-farmers-suffer-as-land-seized-by-militants
PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100867/PRESS-RELEASE-IRIN-humanitarian-news-service-to-spin-off-from-the-UN
Talking to the Taliban, again
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. For humanitarians this represents the end of a 14-year process where at the worst moments they became the civilian wing of a military occupation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100859/Talking-to-the-Taliban-again
Abandoned in the borderlands
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), Longstanding humanitarian needs in South Sudan’s Aweil North County, where some 30,000 people are displaced, are largely unmet.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100866/Abandoned-in-the-borderlands
Outrage over UAE's new terror list
18 November 2014 (IRIN ), The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of "terrorist organizations" together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100854/Outrage-over-UAE-s-new-terror-list
Any lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan?
14 November 2014 (IRIN ), When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100837/Any-lessons-from-Operation-Lifeline-Sudan
Central African peacekeeping force gears up for action
10 November 2014 (IRIN ), With hundreds of soldiers from its member states successfully completing a series of joint exercises and manoeuvres in Congo, the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) says its Multinational Force for Central Africa (FOMAC), is now ready to intervene in local conflicts and be part of global anti-terrorism initiatives.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100815/Central-African-peacekeeping-force-gears-up-for-action

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