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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

Can Islamic law be an answer for humanitarians?

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - In the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world. While the approach has seen some successes, it also raises certain ethical dilemmas. full report

Jihadi jurisprudence? Militant interpretations of Islamic rules of war

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - Within extremist militant circles is a debate over acceptable behavior under the Islamic rules of war. This so-called “jihadi jurisprudence” is increasingly studied by humanitarians as practitioners seek to understand the degree to which there is room for even the most radical armed groups to be influenced in favour of the protection of civilians and aid workers. full report

Islamic law and the rules of war

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - Islamic law contains a rich, but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians which can be difficult to understand, given the range of sources and interpretations available. IRIN walks you through the basics. full report

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