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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Ferry sinking highlights safety gaps in storm-battered Philippines

MANILIA, 3 July 2015 (IRIN) - This week’s sinking of a ferry in the Philippines, at a cost of 40 lives, has given added urgency a to calls for a probe of the maritime sector in an archipelago beset by similar disasters. The Kim Nirvana was the 14th major ferry accident in the country since 2000. full report

India urged to repeal soldiers’ impunity

DELHI/YANGON, 2 July 2015 (IRIN) - A law preventing civilian courts from prosecuting security personnel in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has led to a quarter century of human rights abuses, Amnesty International said in a report urging the government to repeal the legislation. full report

Are SE Asia’s trafficking kingpins getting off the hook?

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 30 June 2015 (IRIN) - Southeast Asia’s smuggling and trafficking rings have now gone dormant. But rights groups warn that the criminal syndicates will soon be back unless the authorities go after the kingpins, who may include politicians and businessmen, as well as senior police and military officers. full report

Heatwave is death sentence for Karachi’s poor

KARACHI, 24 June 2015 (IRIN) - A heatwave has killed nearly 750 people this week in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, and most of the victims were poor people with no means of escaping the soaring temperatures. full report

Displaced Pakistanis caught between the Taliban and army

BANNU, Pakistan, 24 June 2015 (IRIN) - More than a year after a military offensive displaced about a million people from North Waziristan, residents say they are unable to go home because the government requires them to first sign an agreement to “stop the enemies of Pakistan,” which would put them at risk of retaliation from both the militants and the army. full report

Pakistan turns up the heat on NGOs

ISLAMABAD, 19 June 2015 (IRIN) - The recent closure of Save the Children USA in Pakistan has further soured relations between NGOs and the government, potentially putting at risk life-saving programs for tens of thousands of people across the country full report

Sri Lanka returns land confiscated by military during decades-long war

TELLIPALLAI, 19 June 2015 (IRIN) - Sri Lankan families are beginning to return home as the government returns land seized during the decades-long war, in a step towards reconciliation. full report

Education still on hold after year of war in Pakistan

BANNU, 18 June 2015 (IRIN) - War flared up in Pakistan's North Waziristan a year ago, leading almost one million people displaced. Among them are tens of thousands of school age children who have not been able to attend classes since leaving home in June 2014. full report

The changing face of disaster funding

LONDON, 17 June 2015 (IRIN) - Online fundraising platforms could revolutionise the way emergencies are funded. The response to the Nepal earthquake is likely just the beginning. full report

In Indonesia’s Aceh, a warm welcome for refugees in a sea of misery

LANGSA, Indonesia, 15 June 2015 (IRIN) - Nur Yanah can’t hold back the tears when she recalls hundreds of emaciated boat people arriving in her native Aceh province after being rescued by local fishermen in defiance of the government decision to leave them adrift. full report