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Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters

NAGAR VALLEY, PAKISTAN, 12 August 2014 (IRIN) - Scientists say they risk reaching flawed conclusions on climate change unless data on Pakistan's glaciers is more systematically shared. Yet new projects aim to do just that. full report

IDPs under pressure in Pakistan’s Sindh Province

KARACHI, 4 August 2014 (IRIN) - Fleeing the violence in North Waziristan, displaced Pakistanis are confronting a new enemy in southern Sindh Province - prejudice. full report

Pakistan flood victims await unfulfilled promises

ATTABAD, 14 July 2014 (IRIN) - Four years after a devastating landslide, displaced residents of northern Pakistan accuse the government of abandoning them. full report

Afghanistan becomes unlikely safe haven for Pakistani refugees

BANNU, PAKISTAN/ KHOST, AFGHANISTAN, 1 July 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly half a million people have been forced out of North Waziristan Agency by an ongoing Pakistani military operation there, including nearly 80,000 that have made their way to Afghanistan, a largely unprecedented movement. full report

Pakistan’s traumatized war children play soldiers and Taliban

PESHAWAR, 16 June 2014 (IRIN) - More than 60,000 people have fled North Waziristan Agency to safer parts of Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan as Pakistan’s military launches an offensive in the region. Most of the people fleeing are children, and mental health experts are concerned that they will not have access to proper trauma care. full report

Civilians begin to flee new offensive against Pakistan militants

BANNU, 6 June 2014 (IRIN) - The ancient Pakistani town of Bannu, lying just outside the North Waziristan Agency– a stronghold for insurgents operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan – is a now a centre for displaced families escaping a looming government offensive in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). full report

IDPs likely to return to roofless homes in Pakistan’s Tirah Valley

PESHAWAR, 26 May 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly 46,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are due to start their return this month to Pakistan’s conflict-hit Tirah Valley close to the Afghan border. But most are likely to find their homes completely destroyed, or at best roofless. full report

Rawalpindi’s high-tech flood warning system

RAWALPINDI, 20 May 2014 (IRIN) - A dozen children toss a frisbee around in a park in Rawalpindi's Gawalmandi neighbourhood, under the shadow of a 30-foot-high tower capped with two loudspeakers. “When the alarm sounds, it means a flood is coming, so we should leave,” one explained. full report

Is Pakistan losing the battle against measles?

QUETTA, 15 May 2014 (IRIN) - Pakistan has seen a growing number of measles cases in recent years, with more than 25,000 reported last year, including 321 deaths. full report

Rough guide to Islamic rules of war

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - There is a renewed interest in translating classical texts about Islamic rules of war into English, adding to the increasing body of work on the intersections between Islam, international humanitarian law (IHL) and the protection of civilians. IRIN provides this study guide to get you started. full report

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