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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 this year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

Scale of Vanuatu cyclone disaster complicates aid response

NAIROBI, 16 March 2015 (IRIN) - The scale of Vanuatu’s cyclone disaster is matched only by the complexity of the required humanitarian response, according to both the government and aid workers arriving on the battered Pacific islands. full report

Vanuatu reeling from impact of cyclone Pam

NAIROBI, 14 March 2015 (IRIN) - The closure of the main airport in Vanuatu is hampering the humanitarian response to cyclone Pam, which tore through the Pacific island archipelago yesterday, causing colossal damage. full report

Cyclone Pam batters Vanuatu

NAIROBI, 13 March 2015 (IRIN) - As cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm, makes landfall today on the pacific islands of Vanuatu, humanitarian workers there say the urban poor are especially at risk. 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

The world's strangest land grab?

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 24 November 2014 (IRIN) - Every year the Amu Darya river encroaches about 500 metres into Afghanistan, taking with it large swathes of territory and leaving hundreds of families homeless. And as the official border between the countries is defined as the middle of the river, Uzbekistan has laid claim to hundreds of square kilometres of Afghan territory. full report

An ambitious plan to end statelessness

LONDON, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality. full report

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report

Coordination between industry sectors key to easing water scarcity

STOCKHOLM, 12 September 2014 (IRIN) - Manufacturing, agriculture and energy sectors are going to have to coordinate their water use much more efficiently if water scarcity is to be avoided, say experts. 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

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