Bangladesh refugees anxious

Bangladesh's announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Observers applaud the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity. Full report

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The world's strangest land grab?

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 24 November 2014 (IRIN) - Every year the Amu Darya river encroaches about 500 metres into Afghanistan, taking with it large swathes of territory and leaving hundreds of families homeless. And as the official border between the countries is defined as the middle of the river, Uzbekistan has laid claim to hundreds of square kilometres of Afghan territory. full report

Talking to the Taliban, again

KABUL, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - As foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. For humanitarians this represents the end of a 14-year process where at the worst moments they became the civilian wing of a military occupation. full report

Creativity key to peace dividends in Myanmar

YANGON, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - As Myanmar’s nationwide ceasefire negotiations continue, peace in many formerly war-torn regions has allowed state-run lifesaving services to gradually expand. But their provision is intensely politicized, and carefully crafted access strategies are vital, experts warn. full report

Afghan malnutrition - the search for solutions

JALALABAD, 11 November 2014 (IRIN) - Attempts to tackle malnutrition in Afghanistan are being hampered by cultural norms, shrinking health budgets and the short-term nature of aid. full report

What slows Haiyan recovery - politics or practicality?

TACLOBAN, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - A year after one of the world’s most devastating typhoons swept through the Philippines, thousands are unable to resume their lives, with rehabilitation efforts bogged down by political divisions and bureaucracy, officials and survivors say. full report

How disaster preparation broke down in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 4 November 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly one week after a central Sri Lankan village was hit by a deadly landslide on 29 October, officials are reviewing how dozens of injuries, at least six deaths and hundreds of displacements could have been avoided with better disaster preparedness. full report

No easy solution for Myanmar's Rakhine crisis

SITTWE, 4 November 2014 (IRIN) - As the number of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar hits record levels, the prospects for a lasting settlement of the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine State look bleak. full report

Climate change: Afghans on the front line

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 4 November 2014 (IRIN) - As the UN warns that "irreversible" climate change is affecting more people than ever, in northern Afghanistan the story is all too familiar. full report

Indonesian brothel closures hit HIV prevention

SURABAYA, 30 October 2014 (IRIN) - Brothel closures in Indonesian cities could put sex workers in danger and hamper HIV prevention efforts, say health experts and outreach workers. full report

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report