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Bangladesh's Rohingya camps - promise or peril?

COX'S BAZAR, 25 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - 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

Peak youth - seizing the moment

LONDON, 25 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - We have accepted the concept “peak oil” - the point where oil production goes into an irreversible decline. Now we are being asked to contemplate that we are also rapidly approaching “peak youth”, when there will be more young people than ever before in the history of the planet, and when young people as a proportion of the population will reach a maximum, before starting to drop. full report

Ebola orphans now face stigma, stress

KAILAHUN/DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - West African countries generally have a strong social network that supports children during times of hardship and need. But for many of the hundreds of children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone, who sometimes witnessed their parents’ deaths, stress and trauma is compounded by social exclusion from their communities. full report

Yemen crisis a boon for people smugglers

SANAA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen’s security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the country’s people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia. full report

Talking to the Taliban, again

KABUL, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - 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 Asia) - 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

Abandoned in the borderlands

KIIR ADEM, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Longstanding humanitarian needs in South Sudan’s Aweil North County, where some 30,000 people are displaced, are largely unmet. full report

Bringing Ebola tests up to speed

DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Ebola in West Africa is believed to have erupted almost a year ago in southern Guinea, but was confirmed by the French Pasteur Institute only in March 2014, by which time it had killed 60 people and was suspected to have crossed the border into Liberia and Sierra Leone. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - IRIN's reading list offers the top reads for those in the humanitarian sector every week. full report

Tough conditions for CAR displaced at airport camp

BANGUI, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions. full report