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
Aid agencies withdraw from Afghanistan’s north
5 October 2015
The United Nations has evacuated staff from areas of northern Afghanistan where a suspected American airstrike hit a clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières, forcing it to leave Kunduz Province – the latest in a growing number of humanitarian agencies withdrawing from the north as violence increases.
Doctors overwhelmed in Afghan city taken by Taliban
30 September 2015
With the government hospital shut down, a facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières is now the only place for people needing urgent trauma care to be treated in Kunduz, which was taken by the Taliban on Monday. Afghan forces have been battling the insurgents to regain control of the northern city of about 300,000 people, and residents are caught in the middle.
Flooding in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta
PATHEIN DISTRICT, Myanmar,
17 September 2015
Almost two months after Cyclone Komen triggered Myanmar’s worst flooding in recent memory, parts of the Irrawaddy delta remain submerged while rising river levels have prompted the government to urge people in some areas to evacuate.
Sri Lankans disabled by war, forgotten in peace
KARADIYANARU, Sri Lanka,
16 September 2015
Government soldiers can receive assistance packages for injuries sustained during the war, including the continuation of salaries for those able to work at desk jobs, or long-term care in military-run facilities for those severely disabled. But there is no programme to help civilians and former Tamil Tigers who remain permanently affected by injuries.
Did the Khmer Rouge commit genocide?
14 September 2015
During its short stay in power in the late 1970s, the Khmer Rouge killed about a quarter of Cambodia’s population, but did they commit genocide? After four years of trying surviving senior leaders of the regime, a war crimes tribunal is only now attempting to answer that question.
How anxiety and despair haunt trafficked children
9 September 2015
For children and young people exploited by traffickers in Southeast Asia, escape or rescue ought to put an end to their nightmare. But new research paints a grim picture of the lasting effects on their mental health.
Abuses rise along with pro-Afghan government militias
7 September 2015
In a bid to enforce its authority in Kunduz where the Taliban has taken over about 70 percent of the province, the Afghan government has scaled up support of militia – a controversial tactic since such groups have a history of abuses against civilians, according to Human Rights Watch and others.