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Africa

Paul*, gay rights campaigner in DRC: “They said I was the Antichrist”

Homosexuality may, unusually for an African country, be legal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the time being, but gay people there also face the ostracism, stigma and exploitation, according to Paul* 27-year-old the co-founder of a gay rights organization in the eastern South Kivu Province.
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John Kayihula, Congolese refugee in Rwanda: I focus on sport so as to forget my life

Few of the 14,700 Congolese refugees in Rwanda’s Gihembe camp envisage returning home any time soon. As with Rwanda’s total caseload of 75,000 Congolese refugees, most are Tutsis who arrived between 1995 and 1997 from Masisi and Rutshuru territories in North Kivu, a province which still has a plethora of armed groups, making it too dangerous for the UN to organize refugee returns.
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Ghulam Rahimi: "I'm waiting for resettlement, but it's a very long wait"

Ghulam Rahimi*, 17, is an Afghan refugee from Iran. He was one of 25 unaccompanied minors detained in one room at the immigration detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. He told IRIN his story.
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Asia

Ghulam Rahimi: "I'm waiting for resettlement, but it's a very long wait"

Ghulam Rahimi*, 17, is an Afghan refugee from Iran. He was one of 25 unaccompanied minors detained in one room at the immigration detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. He told IRIN his story.
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Ferdinand Quieta, “We did not know water could kill”

Two months ago, when it was nearly 7a.m., 21 members of a family were gathered in the home of the 84-year-old family matriarch on Leyte island in the central Philippines, to protect themselves from a “storm surge” arriving up the coast. None of them knew what this warning meant. They understood wind damage from typhoons, but not the fatal combination of wind and water.
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Shing Ha Ling, Myanmar: “Poverty keeps us down”

Even as a child, Shing Ha Ling, 21, knew that her only way out of poverty would be through education, but she was forced to abandon her studies halfway through secondary school in her home region of Chin State, western Myanmar. Now, with only patchy income to support herself, her husband, and their 18-month-old son in Ngon Laung village, a two-hour motorbike ride across rough terrain from the closest town, Kanpetlet, she faces mounting debt.
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Middle East

Abu Salah, IDP from Iraq: “Now, apart from security, we have nothing”

Two residents of the Iraqi city Tikrit describe the moment militants entered their city this month, and what they experienced as they fled the fighting.
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Ghulam Rahimi: "I'm waiting for resettlement, but it's a very long wait"

Ghulam Rahimi*, 17, is an Afghan refugee from Iran. He was one of 25 unaccompanied minors detained in one room at the immigration detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. He told IRIN his story.
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Omar Farooq, Iraq: “It is like the fire is getting closer”

Security analysts say identity-based assassinations, kidnappings and death threats in Iraq – a trade mark of the sectarian violence of 2006-7 - have been quietly on the rise in recent months. Here is one man’s story.
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