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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139 children die in one month in drought-hit Pakistan district

THARPARKAR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 4 February 2016 (IRIN) - At least 139 children died of waterborne disease in January in Pakistan's impoverished desert district of Tharparkar, which has been devastated by drought since 2013. Civil society groups and opposition politicians say the Sindh provincial government’s response to the crisis has been insufficient to prevent widespread hunger and disease. full report

El Niño-linked drought kills crops and people in PNG

YANGON, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - People are dying of malnourishment and disease in remote, drought-stricken communities in Papua New Guinea, which will need food aid for the next few months to prevent more deaths. full report

The cost of America’s “secret war” in Laos

YANGON, 26 January 2016 (IRIN) - The United States may increase the $15 million a year it spends on dealing with the legacy of its “secret” bombing of Laos. But that figure pales in comparison with the $17 million a day the US spent bombing the country for nine years. How much is enough to make amends for the past? full report

Activist arrest puts foreign NGOs in China on edge

BEIJING, 25 January 2016 (IRIN) - Foreign NGO employees in China watched in horror last week as a Swedish rights activist went on state television to deliver what colleagues described as a “forced confession”. With the Chinese government already preparing legislation expected to severely curtail NGO activities, it isn’t just human rights lawyers and activists who are running scared. full report

Breakthrough in Cambodia malaria row

PHNOM PENH, 22 January 2016 (IRIN) - Malaria-carrying parasites in Cambodia have developed resistance to both of the main drugs used to fight the disease, putting millions of lives potentially at risk should that resistance spread. To make matters worse, a corruption scandal led to the freezing of millions of dollars of vital funding to combat malaria in Cambodia. The WHO tells IRIN the row has been resolved, but has the damage already been done? full report

Boomtime for fuel smugglers in Nepal

KATHMANDU, 20 January 2016 (IRIN) - A severe fuel shortage has crippled Nepal, causing added hardship for millions of people already trying to recover from a devastating earthquake. But not everybody is suffering – a flourishing black market is enriching both smugglers and police. full report

Ex-Tamil Tigers go jobless in Sri Lanka

VALLIPURAM, Sri Lanka, 18 January 2016 (IRIN) - Almost seven years after the end of Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war, the majority of former Tamil Tiger rebels are struggling to find jobs despite billions of dollars of extra investment in their regions. full report

How politics delayed Nepal reconstruction

PHNOM PENH, 14 January 2016 (IRIN) - After delays due to political haggling, Nepal’s government has finally authorised a National Reconstruction Authority to begin rebuilding the earthquake-devastated country, although the actual reconstruction will not begin for a couple of months – almost an entire year after the quake that killed about 9,000 people. full report

Why can't Myanmar clear its landmines?

MANTON, Myanmar, 7 January 2016 (IRIN) - Myanmar has a massive landmine problem, but there has been no attempt at all to fix it. Clearance efforts have thus far been stymied by ongoing conflict, as well as uncooperative military regimes. Will Aung San Suu Kyi's new government make it possible? full report

Sri Lanka’s torture machine continues in peacetime

PHNOM PENH, 6 January 2016 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka’s new government has been lauded for efforts at reconciliation after a devastating civil war. Yet, civilians are still being abducted, tortured and sexually abused by security forces, according to a report published today. full report