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Proposed bill inflames Myanmar's religious rights debate
26 June 2014 (IRIN ), Last month the Myanmar government published a religious conversion bill in the state-owned newspapers, requesting input from citizens. The publication follows a pro-bill campaign spearheaded by a group of Buddhist monks called the Organization for Protection of National Race and Religion in 2013.
New camps for fleeing Iraqis offer safety but little comfort
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), Khazair camp, on the border between central Iraq and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in the north, has provided Iraqis fleeing Mosul with shelter and safety. But there is little comfort to be found on what is a flat and exposed piece of land that just a few weeks ago was a wheat field.
Sudanese refugees in South Sudan caught between two wars
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), South Sudan’s brutal conflict has throttled the supply of food to Sudanese refugees in the remote northeast of the country, fuelling tensions and hunger that have triggered a deadly crime wave and prompted thousands to return to the war-zone from which they fled.
Abu Salah, IDP from Iraq: “Now, apart from security, we have nothing”
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), Two residents of the Iraqi city Tikrit describe the moment militants entered their city this month, and what they experienced as they fled the fighting.
ISIS advance adds to aid challenges in Iraq’s north
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), As fighting grows between Islamist insurgents and government forces in Iraq, aid agencies are straining to support the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence amid unclear government policies, lack of funding and a multiplicity of humanitarian actors flooding in to respond.
Analysis: Looking beyond IGAD in South Sudan
23 June 2014 (IRIN ), The northeast African regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has been working to get the opposing sides in South Sudan to implement the multiple ceasefire and peace process commitments to try to end the crisis in South Sudan, but fighting has continued with little progress towards ending the impasse.
Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots signal deeper malaise
23 June 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka’s government should take action to prosecute acts of communal violence and promote peace, say observers, following the worst clashes in five years that left at least two dead and over 80 injured.
Kenyan police operation strands 300 children
20 June 2014 (IRIN ), As Kenya continues to round up and detain refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in a controversial anti-terrorism operation, fears are mounting over the fate of around 300 children separated from parents arrested during the sweeps. Some of these children are reported to be held in a Nairobi stadium used as a temporary detention facility, without a parent or guardian.
War, rain and money – an anatomy of South Sudan’s food crisis
19 June 2014 (IRIN ), Across a swath of South Sudan, fields where green shoots should be poking through the wet soil lie untilled and overgrown; herds of cattle that would sustain communities through the lean season have been lost or stolen; food stores have been looted or burned.
CAR refugees seek city life in Cameroon
19 June 2014 (IRIN ), Frustrated by their living conditions, refugees and other migrants are streaming into towns in eastern Cameroon in search of jobs and a fresh start. But there are concerns in the region about the impact of the new arrivals in urban areas and emerging tensions between the newcomers and existing town-dwellers.

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