IRIN’s Top Picks: Siege gardening, Scientology and aid pledges

DUBAI, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

Why bin Laden's thoughts matter

LONDON, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Osama bin Laden's recently released writings on humanitarian aid were treated with skepticism and scorn by many observers. Here's why you should pay attention. full report

Philippines strives to end recruitment of child soldiers

MANILA, 20 May 2015 (IRIN) - The Philippines government has taken steps to make good on its pledged to stop the use of child soldiers by all official and non-state armed groups. But the apparent surrender of an 11 year-old boy who has been fighting with the communist New People's Army for the past six years, shows the practice is still widespread among the country's insurgent militias. full report

Help at last for Sri Lanka war widows

VAVUNIYA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka's new government is finally addressing the plight of women made widows by the country's long and bitter civil war. The fighting may be over, but a staggering number of families in the north of the country, where the fighting was fiercest, are now headed by single women who are struggling to make ends meet. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Separation, compassion and re-shaping aid

DUBAI, 8 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of noteworthy humanitarian journalism and research, compiled by the editorial team. full report

Nepal Earthquake

KATHMANDU, 4 May 2015 (IRIN In-Depth) - A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck on 25 April, burying entire villages near the epicentre in Nepal’s mountainous Gorkha district and killing thousands as it shook down large parts of the capital Kathmandu. The exact toll will never be known, but the enormous scale of the task facing the humanitarian community is clear. International aid and relief teams have descended on Nepal, while millions of people try to rebuild their shattered lives. full report

No husband, no home: Migrant wives struggle in Nepal

KATHMANDU, 4 May 2015 (IRIN) - Every year thousands of Nepalese men travel abroad in search of work, leaving their families behind. So when a powerful earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, many women suddenly found themselves without a home to live in or a husband to help. In a country where gender discrimination is common, these migrants' wives are now especially vulnerable. full report

Top picks: The lessons of Haiti for Nepal, Sudan's conflict and UN whistleblowers

BEIRUT, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of noteworthy humanitarian journalism and research, compiled by the editorial team. This week's selection includes how not to repeat the mistakes of the Haiti earthquake and the plight of UN whistleblowers. full report

Can you hear me now? Why good communication is critical to the Nepal quake response

LONDON , 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - As aid continues to pour into Nepal after Saturday's powerful earthquake, the need for clear information is becoming ever more stark. Imogen Wall, a communications specialist who has worked for various humanitarian agencies in several emergency responses, says a well-managed exchange of information can be the difference between an effective relief operation and misguided chaos. full report

Aid agencies pour into Nepal – and then what?

OXFORD, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - In the immediate aftermath of a disaster of the scale of Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the scramble by aid agencies to respond can easily descend into chaos. full report