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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

Hunger in Myanmar’s “dry zone”

BAGAN, 10 April 2014 (IRIN) - Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt. full report

Filling Myanmar's Rakhine aid gap

YANGON, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Aid agencies are trying to find practical ways of getting humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar's Rakhine State following a series of attacks on the aid community there, and pending an agreement on the resumption of their operations. full report

Myanmar peace and development scorecard

HLA LAUNG PAN, 8 April 2014 (IRIN) - Three years after Myanmar’s first nominally civilian government in decades came to power, many of the country’s 135 minority ethnic groups say they have yet to see any tangible change on the ground. full report

Aid workers keen to return to tense western Myanmar

YANGON, 1 April 2014 (IRIN) - International aid workers forced to flee western Myanmar after being targeted by Buddhist mobs last week say they need to return to Rakhine State to help with food and water distributions for displaced people. full report

Curbing Myanmar’s spread of drug-resistant malaria

YANGON, 28 March 2014 (IRIN) - Efforts to halt the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar have delivered encouraging results through the private health sector, but health experts warn the disease cannot be won outside the public health system - and that the country is still a potential “gateway” for the spread of drug resistance. full report

Muslims rebuild homes as communal tensions ease in central Myanmar town

MEIKTILA, 20 March 2014 (IRIN) - Thousands of residents displaced by inter-communal violence a year ago in this central town in Myanmar are being allowed to rebuild their homes. full report

Reaching out to men who have sex with men in Myanmar

YANGON, 7 March 2014 (IRIN) - A colonial-era law criminalizing "unnatural" sex is reinforcing the stigma that leaves men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar "hidden, silenced and shamed", hindering efforts to contain HIV/AIDS among this highly at-risk group, AIDS experts and activists say. full report

Myanmar still talking tough over MSF expulsion from Rakhine

YANGON, 3 March 2014 (IRIN) - Authorities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State say they are ready to take over the health programmes Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - Holland has been implementing in the conflict-hit state for the past 20 years, after the government ordered their closure. full report

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