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Freedom brings stigma and fresh fears for Boko Haram 'wives'

YOLA, 1 September 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Hundreds of women and girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram have since escaped or been rescued, but their struggles are far from over. full report

When Myanmar votes, Rohingya must stay home

BUTHIDAUNG, Myanmar, 1 September 2015 (IRIN Asia) - In the 2010 general elections, about 150,000 Muslims in this isolated township in western Myanmar were able to cast their votes. When the country returns to the polls in November the number of Muslim voters here is likely to be about a dozen. full report

Here today, gone tomorrow

LESVOS, 31 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - For aid workers responding to the rush of migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Greece, the crisis raises a set of troubling questions with no easy answers. full report

Debates over language: a dangerous distraction?

AMMAN, 31 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - Migrants? Refugees? Or just "people" fleeing horror and hardship? All this attention on what terms we use for the thousands risking their lives to reach Europe is missing the point, argues Melissa Phillips, who says our energies would be better spent on a more coordinated response and a better understanding of why so many people are on the move. full report

Farmers turn to fishing as Zimbabwe crops fail

WEDZA, Zimbabwe, 31 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The lean season in Zimbabwe has rarely been so lean. Harvests have failed across the country after a cruel combination of late rains, floods and drought. Farmers are turning their hand to just about anything to ensure their families don't starve... full report

Photo feature: No way forward, no way back for migrants in Libya

ZUWARA, 31 August 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The deaths of 140 migrants and refugees in Libya have thrown into stark light the lack of options for Sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees who make it to the north African state. If they want to return, it can actually be more expensive and dangerous than taking the boats. full report

When to use the M-word

OXFORD, 27 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - Using the right terms when referring to Europe’s migration crisis has become a minefield for journalists. Al Jazeera’s recent decision to stop using the word ‘migrant’ entirely in reference to people crossing the Mediterranean is one reflection of the evolving debate, but there are still plenty of major media brands getting it wrong. full report

Face of World Humanitarian Summit to step down

LONDON, 26 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - After 15 months at the helm of the UN’s largest attempt in decades to reform emergency aid, the head of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat, Jemilah Mahmood, is stepping down. full report

Eyes Wide Shut: The challenge of humanitarian biometrics

BELGRADE, 26 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The use of biometrics clearly has a role to play in humanitarianism. The challenge, says IRIN columnist Paul Currion, is to protect the vulnerable, whose identities may be vital for accessing government services, while preventing powerful states and private companies who may seek to experiment or exploit. full report

Is South Sudan’s latest peace accord the real deal?

NAIROBI, 26 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - After months of foot-dragging and under the threat of United Nations sanctions, South Sudan President Salva Kiir today finally signed a power-sharing agreement aimed at ending the country’s civil war. But will it stick? full report