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Ghulam Rahimi: "I'm waiting for resettlement, but it's a very long wait"

MAKASSAR, 17 April 2014 (IRIN) - Ghulam Rahimi*, 17, is an Afghan refugee from Iran. He was one of 25 unaccompanied minors detained in one room at the immigration detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. He told IRIN his story. full report

Hundreds of migrant children behind bars in Indonesia

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 17 April 2014 (IRIN) - Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him through several countries in the hope of reaching Australia was safer than keeping him with her and his sisters in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan. full report

Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. full report

Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target. But in Indonesia - the country from which most of the boats previously departed - Australia’s tough new measures have stranded over 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees who can neither proceed to their desired destination nor, in many cases, return home. full report

Indonesia’s lagging volcano preparedness

JAKARTA, 21 February 2014 (IRIN) - As Indonesia deals with the aftermath of two volcanic eruptions, experts question whether the country is well-equipped to face the threats from dozens of volcanoes that dot the archipelago. full report

HIV interventions also needed behind bars

MANILA, 12 February 2014 (IRIN) - Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts. full report

Indonesian eruption displaces people, buries crops

JAKARTA, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) - Thousands of people displaced by steadily falling ash from an active Mount Sinabung thought they would be able to return to their homes and resume their livelihoods, but those hopes have been dashed by a deadly eruption on 1 February. full report

Connectivity and emerging infectious diseases in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) - Experts sometimes describe Southeast Asia as a “hotspot” for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) because several major outbreaks have started in this region. Now, with unprecedented levels of connection between animals and people through urbanization, and of people with other people through increased air travel, scientists say the threat level for new diseases is high. full report

New low for Indonesian-Australian people smuggling cooperation

BANGKOK, 15 January 2014 (IRIN) - Levels of cooperation on people smuggling between Indonesia and Australia have sunk to a new low following claims by Jakarta that the Australian Navy turned back a boatload of asylum seekers on 19 December 2013, and another on 7 January, without first notifying them, officials say. full report

Hopes and fears as Indonesia rolls out universal healthcare

JAKARTA, 14 January 2014 (IRIN) - The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care. full report

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