Refugees/IDPs

A tentative ceasefire in CAR

BRAZZAVILLE, 29 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - While the ceasefire signed in Brazzaville on 23 July by the two principal armed factions in the Central African Republic (CAR), the ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka, was widely greeted as a positive step forward, analysts are sceptical it can lead to lasting peace. full report

Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar’s Kayah State

YANGON, 25 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Landmine clearance in southern Myanmar’s Kayah State has still not begun despite a 2012 ceasefire between the main armed groups and the government. While negotiations between the ceasefire parties are ongoing, deep distrust remains, and there is little immediate prospect for the launch of clearance operations, experts and activists say. full report

Israel/Gaza – how does it end?

DUBAI, 22 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As diplomats scurry to agree an end to the two-week clashes between Israel and Hamas, what are the key issues preventing the two sides from reaching a deal? full report

Gaza: Nowhere to go

GAZA CITY, 21 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - With over 85,000 Palestinians now displaced in Gaza, the UN shelters housing them are near capacity. Yet for the displaced fleeing violence between Israel and militant groups, there are few alternatives. full report

Gaza breathes briefly, then holds its breath

GAZA CITY, 17 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A five-hour ceasefire on 17 July provided the besieged residents of Gaza a brief reprieve. In the ensuing rush, banks and shops were overwhelmed as families prepared for the worst. full report

Selective treatment for IDPs in Kurdistan

ERBIL, 16 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Concern is growing over how the semi-autonomous government of Iraqi Kurdistan is managing its borders amid reports that vulnerable families seeking refuge are being refused entry or forced into transit camps along ethnic lines. full report

Statelessness = invisibility in West Africa

DAKAR, 15 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness. full report

Pakistan flood victims await unfulfilled promises

ATTABAD, 14 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Four years after a devastating landslide, displaced residents of northern Pakistan accuse the government of abandoning them. full report

Hundreds of foreigners holed up in South Sudan camps

JUBA, 14 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Among the 100,000 civilians holed up in UN bases in South Sudan since fighting broke out in mid-December 2013 between supporters and opponents of President Salva Kiir are several hundred citizens from Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia. full report

Analysis: Adversity in northern Mali

GAO, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Only just recovering from a brutal Islamist occupation, residents of northern Mali are facing further devastation following recent clashes between separatist rebel forces and government troops. The violence has heightened insecurity, throttled an already difficult aid operation and driven up hunger. full report

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