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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The identity crisis frustrating Nepal's quake survivors

MAILUNG , 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Mento Ghale did what any parent would do when Nepal’s 25 April earthquake struck her village of Mailung: she grabbed the children and got them out of the house as quickly as she could. full report

Glimmer of hope for Southeast Asia's migrants

OXFORD/KUALA LUMPUR, 20 May 2015 (IRIN) - Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to provide temporary shelter and assistance to thousands of migrants still stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, but they have stopped short of offering to find their boats and bring them ashore. full report

Kept afloat by hope - the endless odyssey of the Rohingya

KUALA LUMPAR, 18 May 2015 (IRIN) - Faizal Ahmad has just spent six months at sea, in an open boat crammed with 450 people, praying that Allah would deliver him to safety and a future free of persecution. full report

Shaken by quakes, Nepal now needs to survive the monsoon

NAIROBI, 15 May 2015 (IRIN) - Three weeks after a major earthquake struck Nepal, aid efforts have yet to reach many remote communities. Now those still living amid the rubble of their villages must survive the monsoon due in the next few weeks. full report

All at sea: what lies behind Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis?

OXFORD, 15 May 2015 (IRIN) - The plight of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers from Myanmar and Bangladesh, left adrift without food and water for nearly a week, has all the hallmarks of a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Yet despite statements of concern from governments, aid agencies and human rights groups, there is little sign of a coordinated plan to address the issue. full report

Malaysia and Thailand leave migrant boats adrift

OXFORD, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - As Europe focuses on the migrants in the Mediterranean, another humanitarian crisis is playing out on a stretch of water between the Andaman Sea and the Strait of Malacca in Southeast Asia. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants have been deserted by smugglers and left adrift for days without food or water. full report

Psychologists stay home: Nepal doesn't need you

LONDON, 11 May 2015 (IRIN) - Following the earthquake in Nepal, psychologist Alessandra Pigni recalls her experiences in humanitarian aid: she reminds Western do-gooders that affected populations are resilient and that pathologising suffering after a traumatic event may get in the way of healing and recovery. full report

Noul hits, but Philippines learns the lessons of Haiyan

MANILA , 11 May 2015 (IRIN) - Powerful Typhoon Noul slammed into the the Philippines late Sunday, but the damage was less severe than some had feared. Officials say lessons learned in the wake of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster had proved effective and people had this time heeded warnings and moved to safety. full report

Are mothers and children missing out on Nepal aid?

GHUMARCHOWK, 7 May 2015 (IRIN) - The way aid in Nepal is prioritised has led to fears that pregnant and breastfeeding women in certain areas may not be receiving the specialised help they need. Nirmala Tamang is breastfeeding and worried about her two infants: full report

Nepal quake fund move is PR fiasco*

NAIROBI, 5 May 2015 (IRIN) - The Nepalese government’s decision to route earthquake donations through the bank account of the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund has been a public relations disaster, introducing suspicions about the politicisation of aid even if there is no evidence of foul play. full report