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Do we still care about the F word?

ISTANBUL, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Famine, one of the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, used to have the power to provoke global campaigns. Nowadays, the general public barely bats an eyelid. full report

Walking into danger: migrants still head to Yemen

HARGEISA, 11 August 2015 (IRIN) - Yemen has long been a transit point for Ethiopians heading to Gulf states in search of employment, and also hosts almost a quarter of a million refugees from Somalia. Civil war in Yemen may have made travelling there even more dangerous, but it has done little to slow the flow of arrivals from across the Red Sea. full report

Somaliland losing youth to lure of Europe

HARGEISA, 16 July 2015 (IRIN) - As the European Union continues to engage in deeply divisive talks about how to deal with the influx to its shores, Somaliland is having its own conversation about why so many of its young people are risking everything to reach Europe. full report

Memento Mori

LONDON, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - It is easy to laugh at aid workers, but every year, hundreds are killed, kidnapped or injured doing their jobs. We need to do more to honour them. full report

Fewer aid worker attacks. That’s good, right?

BEIRUT, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - Attacks on aid workers declined last year but were still the second highest on record, new data shows. Are aid organisations getting smarter or more risk averse? full report

An ‘almost impossible job’ - 10 tips for the UN's next humanitarian boss

LONDON, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) - Former UN humanitarian chief John Holmes has a few words of advice for the next person to take up the job, British politician Stephen O'Brien. full report

Which way is up? Flatpacks alone can't solve global shelter crisis*

BELGRADE, 25 May 2015 (IRIN) - IKEA's new flatpack shelter partnership with the UNHCR is well and good, but how about reforming the process as well as the product? Now that could make a more profound difference, Paul Currion argues in his latest column. full report

Kenya backpedals on closure of Somali refugee camp

NAIROBI, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - Kenya appears to have softened its stance on the imminent closure of a camp hosting more than a third of a million Somali refugees, weeks after the deputy president announced it would happen within three months, in a reaction to the massacre at Garissa University. full report

Is Kenya’s security policy the real enemy within?

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN) - The Kenyan government has threatened to eject 350,000 Somali refugees and even to build a wall along its entire border with Somalia, but perhaps the real enemies within are poor governance and stalled police reforms full report

Kenya's anti-terror border wall sparks heated debate

NAIROBI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN) - Kenya has begun building a separation barrier along its 700-kilometre border with Somalia. The government says it wants to keep out members of Al-Shabab, whose attacks have claimed hundreds of lives in Kenya. But not everyone things it is such a good plan. full report

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