Global Issues

Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - An increasing number of migrant children are being detained in countries where they are seeking asylum despite a growing body of scientific evidence that such incarceration leads to long-term psychological and developmental difficulties. full report

Ebola - Can you quarantine West Africa?

NEW YORK, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. full report

Liberians in US face worsening Ebola stigma

NEW YORK, 17 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma. full report

Tunisia’s seaborne samaritans rescue stranded migrants

TUNIS, 14 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - In Zarzis, a small port city of some 70,000 in southeastern Tunisia, fishermen plying the Mediterranean have become saviours, rescuing boatloads of illegal migrants to Europe setting out from the shores of Libya. full report

In Sierra Leone’s Ebola hot zone: A series of reports

KENEMA/FREETOWN, 10 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - We set off by jeep from the capital Freetown for Kenema, 240km away. While there are Stop Ebola posters all over the capital, we see very few en route. Every 15 minutes or so we’re stopped at an Ebola monitoring checkpoint to have our temperatures taken and to wash our hands in chlorinated water. Thirteen in all - it’s enough to make anyone paranoid. full report

Desperate Journey - American Odysseys

NAIROBI, 8 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - Fleeing violence and poverty, hundreds of Central Americans cross the US-Mexico border into Texas every day. The US government spends billions of dollars each year trying to keep them out, or deporting those the border patrol apprehends. full report

Alternatives to refugee camps: Can policy become practice?

JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - For years, the images most commonly associated with refugees have been of sprawling, dusty camps populated by rows of tents sheltering thousands of men, women and children with little to occupy them besides queuing for aid handouts. full report

Basic needs unmet for UK asylum-seekers

LONDON, 1 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - Last month, a quiet announcement from UK Home Secretary Theresa May dashed the hopes of thousands of asylum seekers in the UK. A court ruling in April had criticized the very low level of support it gives to those seeking asylum and had given her four months to show how she had calculated that it would cover their needs. The Home Office duly did its sums, but announced that the amount to be paid would not increase. full report

Resilience planning – some do’s and don’ts

BANGKOK, 26 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - Among the topics being discussed at the 2014 World Climate Week in New York City (22-26 September), are financing resilient cities, corporate actions for resilience, the ways data can support resilience moves, and women’s leadership in resilience planning. full report

Ebola and "the perfect storm"

LONDON, 24 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - The new figures from the World Health Organization's (WHO) Ebola Response Team are sobering. If cases in the three worst affected countries continue to rise at the present rate, by the beginning of November more than 20,000 people in West Africa will have been infected. And despite earlier suggestions that this might be a less deadly strain of the Ebola virus, allowing half its victims to recover, the new figures show a much higher fatality rate, in the region of 70 percent. full report

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