Restricted aid space in Rakhine State

Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar's Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people. Full report

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Philippines Zamboanga siege survivors feel forgotten

ZAMBOANGA, 9 September 2014 (IRIN) - One year after a violent siege terrified the southern Philippines city of Zamboanga, tens of thousands of displaced survivors feel they have been forgotten. full report

Analysis: Challenges around aid access in Afghanistan

DUBAI/JALALABAD, 9 September 2014 (IRIN) - Few issues get more attention nowadays in Afghanistan’s aid circles than insecurity-engendered restrictions on humanitarian access. full report

Concern over Bangladesh move to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar

DHAKA, 4 September 2014 (IRIN) - Bangladesh announced this week that it will send back over 2,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, stoking concerns about the prospect of returning them to an increasingly dire situation. full report

Bangladesh floods test disaster response improvements

DHAKA, 2 September 2014 (IRIN) - Floods triggered by two weeks of intense rain have affected two million people in northern Bangladesh and left up to half a million homeless. While the country’s disaster response capacity has been enhanced in recent years, experts argue that with people displaced and crops destroyed the flooding is testing response mechanisms. full report

Sri Lanka suggests moves to investigate war-time missing

COLOMBO, 29 August 2014 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka's government has given its strongest indication to date that it will go beyond enumerating missing persons from it 26-year civil war and investigate the circumstances of their disappearance. Activists, however, remain skeptical, pointing to the administration's history of empty gestures. full report

"Third wave" of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border

PHNOM PENH, 29 August 2014 (IRIN) - Public health experts and scientists warn history's third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless "radical action" is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment's efficacy and pose containment challenges. full report