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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

Pakistan slum clearances politically motivated?

ISLAMABAD, 7 April 2014 (IRIN) - This month, the Pakistani government is planning to move or raze eighteen illegal settlements that are home to more than 80,000 people - many of whom are internally displaced or Afghan refugees and migrants. Residents of the slums say they are being blamed for the government's inability to provide adequate security for the country's civilian population. full report

Analysis: How effective is Pakistan’s disaster authority?

ISLAMABAD, 3 April 2014 (IRIN) - The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up shortly after the 2005 quake that killed at least 87,000 people in northern Pakistan to act as the “implementing, coordinating and monitoring body” for disaster management. full report

Malnutrition stalks Pakistan’s desert regions

KARACHI, 31 March 2014 (IRIN) - Pastoralists and others in Pakistan’s desert regions of Cholistan in the southern Punjab and Tharparkar in Sindh are facing a grave crisis: Their livestock are dying, their children are malnourished, and when families move to less drought-affected areas they often get a hostile reception. full report

Cross border movements threaten Afghan polio eradication efforts

TORKHAM, NANGARHAR, 6 March 2014 (IRIN) - While Afghanistan is seeing fewer polio cases than Pakistan, the country faces an uphill struggle because of large unvaccinated populations just over the border in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). full report

Unnoticed conflict quietly shatters Pakistan lives

ISLAMABAD, 19 February 2014 (IRIN) - In a classroom in a private school in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city, a group of fifth graders doing their history lessons are adamant when asked a question about conflict. full report

Pakistan’s Bugti return home after nine years’ displacement

DERA BUGTI, 13 February 2014 (IRIN) - Eighty-year-old Bakhtia Khan has finally gone home to Dera Bugt in Balochistan, Pakistan, after having fled nearly nine years ago during clashes between the army and Bugti tribal fighters. full report

Life at the end of the world’s largest refugee repatriation

JALALABAD, 31 January 2014 (IRIN) - Just before his 18th birthday, Naik Mohammad relocated to Afghanistan, a country he only knew from family stories and the television news. full report

Uncertainty delays Afghan refugee return

DUBAI, 31 January 2014 (IRIN) - A slowdown in the number of Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan is expected to continue in 2014, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as Afghans at home and abroad look to the year ahead with some uncertainty. full report

Water brings change flowing in Pakistan’s Tharparkar

MITHI, 29 January 2014 (IRIN) - Sohani Bibi, 10, looks through her schoolbooks with wonder. It is the first set she has ever owned, and in a few months, she will attend school for the first time, in the desert district of Tharparkar in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. full report

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