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Nepal quake fund move is PR fiasco*

NAIROBI, 5 May 2015 (IRIN) - The Nepalese government’s decision to route earthquake donations through the bank account of the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund has been a public relations disaster, introducing suspicions about the politicisation of aid even if there is no evidence of foul play. full report

No husband, no home: Migrant wives struggle in Nepal

KATHMANDU, 4 May 2015 (IRIN) - Every year thousands of Nepalese men travel abroad in search of work, leaving their families behind. So when a powerful earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, many women suddenly found themselves without a home to live in or a husband to help. In a country where gender discrimination is common, these migrants' wives are now especially vulnerable. full report

Nepal Earthquake

KATHMANDU, 4 May 2015 (IRIN In-Depth) - A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck on 25 April, burying entire villages near the epicentre in Nepal’s mountainous Gorkha district and killing thousands as it shook down large parts of the capital Kathmandu. The exact toll will never be known, but the enormous scale of the task facing the humanitarian community is clear. International aid and relief teams have descended on Nepal, while millions of people try to rebuild their shattered lives. full report

Meet the local volunteers behind Nepal's aid effort

LALITPUR, 3 May 2015 (IRIN) - When residents of Nepal's remote Dalchowki village first received assistance after last week's earthquake knocked most of their homes to the ground, they were greeted not by the government, the United Nations or NGOs. full report

Inside the logistics hub at Kathmandu's airport

KATHMANDU, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to the Humanitarian Staging Area at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, where aid workers and government officials are sifting through tons of cargo in a bid to make the logistics of the earthquake response as efficient as possible. full report

WTF? A guide to disaster aid acronyms

LONDON, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - The aftermath of a natural disasters is an ARE - an acronym-rich environment. Here's a handy phrasebook. full report

Photo feature: Nepal - outside Kathmandu

KATHMANDU, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - IRIN travelled first to the city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO world heritage site about 12 kilometers outside Kathmandu, then on to the smaller communities of Harisiddhi and Bungamati where we witnessed devastating physical damage and personal loss. full report

Top picks: The lessons of Haiti for Nepal, Sudan's conflict and UN whistleblowers

BEIRUT, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of noteworthy humanitarian journalism and research, compiled by the editorial team. This week's selection includes how not to repeat the mistakes of the Haiti earthquake and the plight of UN whistleblowers. full report

Is it really time to call off search-and-rescue in Nepal?

KATHMANDU, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - The Nepalese government called off search-and-rescue today in favour of dead body removal, just as a 15-year-old boy was pulled out of the rubble alive. Five days after the earthquake, is it too soon to stop trying to find survivors? full report

'We've given up hope': Nepali villagers wait for the aid that never comes

BANGHAR, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - Villagers in Nepal's Kavre district do not live close to the epicentre of Saturday's earthquake, nor are they easily reached from the capital Kathmandu. But they are desperate and they do want help. full report

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