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Prison or poverty: Impossible choice for Israel deportees

JERUSALEM/KAMPALA, 16 April 2015 (IRIN) - For Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers facing deportation from Israel’s Holot detention centre, the future is bleak. Those who have gone before describe a hand-to-mouth existence in Uganda or no freedom of movement in Rwanda. full report

What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?

GENEVA, 7 April 2015 (IRIN) - Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there? full report

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

Plan to export medics ‘threatens Uganda’s epidemic response’

KAMPALA, 11 March 2015 (IRIN) - Uganda’s ability to respond to major epidemics will be undermined if plans to send 263 doctors, nurses and midwives to the Caribbean are carried out, civil society activists warn. full report

ICC Uganda visit prompts fresh calls for state "crimes" probe

LIRA, 2 March 2015 (IRIN) - The International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s visit to Uganda has prompted fresh calls for the tribunal to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by government forces fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency in the north of the country. full report

Working to keep the peace: The impact of job schemes on ex-rebels

NAIROBI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN) - Job-creation schemes are the traditional way to tackle the post-conflict problem of unemployed ex-fighters and to reduce the threat they can pose to peace and stability in fragile states. full report

Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief

DAKAR, 24 February 2015 (IRIN) - WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak. full report

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Development dependency, Invisible Children and refugees

DUBAI, 5 February 2015 (IRIN) - Our top picks of this week's recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

The invisible lesson of Invisible Children

LONDON, 3 February 2015 (IRIN) - In the second of his columns for IRIN, Paul Currion reflects on the lessons to be drawn from the news that Invisible Children, the activist NGO, is winding down its operations. Widely criticised for its over simplified view of the Lord's Resistance Army - a Ugandan rebel group - IC managed to harness the power of digital media in a way mainstream humanitarian agencies could only envy. full report

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