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Forced separation: life inside Myanmar's Rohingya and Buddhist camps

SITTWE, 23 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - The Myanmar government is collecting temporary identification cards from the minority Rohingya community in the western state of Rakhine, which was riven by violence between Muslims and Buddhists in 2012. Some 140,000 Rohingya and about 10,000 Buddhists still live in separate camps set up in the wake of the conflict. Three years on, IRIN finds conditions grim and attitudes entrenched. full report

Yemenis need trade more than Saudi aid

BEIRUT, 23 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - If the Saudi Arabian-led coalition wants to prove its commitment to the people of Yemen, it must allow freer access for trade vessels. Trade, not aid, is the real humanitarian priority right now. full report

How fragile is Burundi's peace?

BUGESERA, Rwanda, 22 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - With 12,000 Burundians now taking refuge abroad, concern is growing that the fragile peace of the last decade could shatter if President Pierre Nkurunziza continues to pursue his controversial bid for a third term in June elections. Refugees allege a campaign of intimidation from ruling party thugs and the US State Department is already talking about a "climate of fear" full report

Will latest migrant tragedy shame EU into action?

GENEVA, 22 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Despite a strong public show of unity and a pricked conscience, Europe's leaders are struggling to overcome their selfish national interests and make the tough choices needed to save migrant lives in the Mediterranean. full report

Yemen limbo: Less bombing doesn't mean more aid

SANA'A, 22 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Bombs may not be falling on Sana’a, but aid isn’t exactly pouring in either. After almost a month of airstrikes, millions of Yemeni civilians are anxiously watching and waiting, wondering what this new stage in the conflict means for them. full report

South Africa’s xenophobia problem: dispelling the myths

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Xenophobia doesn’t exist in isolation. It needs social problems and economic hardship to flourish. After an upsurge in violence in Durban and Johannesburg that has claimed seven lives and forced more than 5,000 people to flee their homes, here’s a look at South Africa’s long history of xenophobia and some of the misconceptions that have been allowed to take root. full report

Is Kenya’s security policy the real enemy within?

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Kenyan government has threatened to eject 350,000 Somali refugees and even to build a wall along its entire border with Somalia, but perhaps the real enemies within are poor governance and stalled police reforms full report

In photos: A day in the life of Benghazi's war

BENGHAZI, 20 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - In 2011, the Libyan city of Benghazi was the capital of the revolution that toppled President Muammar Gaddafi. Four years on, the city is a front line in a brutal civil war. Those residents who haven't escaped are practicing escapism. full report

The Med: One final danger in a migrant's odyssey

OXFORD, 20 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every time a migrant boat capsizes on its way to Europe, a death toll is estimated by aid agencies and reproduced in media reports. But what about that other number? What about all those who die before ever setting foot on a boat? That number may be far higher. full report

Displaced Iraqis blocked from Baghdad

BAGHDAD, 20 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Thousands of Iraqis fleeing the so-called Islamic State are being prevented from entering Baghdad and other cities because local officials fear IS sleeper cells could be among them. full report