Aboard Flight 652: Nepalese migrants head home to help

KATHMANDU, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - Nepalese migrants working in the Gulf are heading home to help their families and their country, in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit on 25 April, killing more than 5,000 people. full report

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Aid agencies withdraw from Afghanistan’s north

KABUL, 5 October 2015 (IRIN) - The United Nations has evacuated staff from areas of northern Afghanistan where a suspected American airstrike hit a clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières, forcing it to leave Kunduz Province – the latest in a growing number of humanitarian agencies withdrawing from the north as violence increases. full report

Doctors overwhelmed in Afghan city taken by Taliban

YANGON, 30 September 2015 (IRIN) - With the government hospital shut down, a facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières is now the only place for people needing urgent trauma care to be treated in Kunduz, which was taken by the Taliban on Monday. Afghan forces have been battling the insurgents to regain control of the northern city of about 300,000 people, and residents are caught in the middle. full report

Is the Philippine army turning a blind eye to murder?

MANILA, 29 September 2015 (IRIN) - Has the Philippine army been in cahoots with armed groups accused of murdering civilians in the southern region of Mindanao? That’s the focus of an investigation the government has finally agreed to undertake. full report

Flooding in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta

PATHEIN DISTRICT, Myanmar, 17 September 2015 (IRIN) - Almost two months after Cyclone Komen triggered Myanmar’s worst flooding in recent memory, parts of the Irrawaddy delta remain submerged while rising river levels have prompted the government to urge people in some areas to evacuate. full report

Sri Lankans disabled by war, forgotten in peace

KARADIYANARU, Sri Lanka, 16 September 2015 (IRIN) - Government soldiers can receive assistance packages for injuries sustained during the war, including the continuation of salaries for those able to work at desk jobs, or long-term care in military-run facilities for those severely disabled. But there is no programme to help civilians and former Tamil Tigers who remain permanently affected by injuries. full report

Did the Khmer Rouge commit genocide?

PHNOM PENH, 14 September 2015 (IRIN) - During its short stay in power in the late 1970s, the Khmer Rouge killed about a quarter of Cambodia’s population, but did they commit genocide? After four years of trying surviving senior leaders of the regime, a war crimes tribunal is only now attempting to answer that question. full report

Will a Rohingya refugee go full circle after fleeing Myanmar?

PHNOM PENH, 10 September 2015 (IRIN) - Sequestered in a compound in Cambodia after a controversial refugee resettlement deal with Australia, a Rohingya man says he want to go back to the country he fled. full report

How anxiety and despair haunt trafficked children

LONDON, 9 September 2015 (IRIN) - For children and young people exploited by traffickers in Southeast Asia, escape or rescue ought to put an end to their nightmare. But new research paints a grim picture of the lasting effects on their mental health. full report

Typhoon Grindr: love, liberation and post-disaster sex in the Philippines

TACLOBAN, 8 September 2015 (IRIN) - Researcher Jonathan Corpus Ong found an unexpected silver lining in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan: full report

Abuses rise along with pro-Afghan government militias

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, 7 September 2015 (IRIN) - In a bid to enforce its authority in Kunduz where the Taliban has taken over about 70 percent of the province, the Afghan government has scaled up support of militia – a controversial tactic since such groups have a history of abuses against civilians, according to Human Rights Watch and others. full report