Refugees/IDPs

IRIN/HPG Crisis Brief: Aid and the Islamic State

DUBAI/LONDON, 23 December 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Despite the popular perception that large parts of Iraq are cut off from international aid, new research by IRIN and the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group shows humanitarian assistance is in fact reaching people in areas of the country controlled by militants from the Islamic State. full report

Yemen: What next?

SANAA, 22 December 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen has been catapulted into the spotlight in recent weeks after an increase in violence, including the killing of a US journalist kidnapped by Al-Qaeda. Yet the crisis has been building since 2011 and is likely to continue in 2015. full report

IRIN's Top Reads this week

DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Global) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

Chaotic closure of a North Kivu IDP camp

KINSHASA, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned. full report

Time for re-think on humanitarian funding?

DUBAI, 16 December 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is among many agencies struggling to raise enough money to support the growing number of vulnerable people caught up in crises around the world. Aid experts say the humanitarian funding system needs an overhaul. full report

Burning issues facing Sri Lanka ahead of January polls

COLOMBO, 16 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As Sri Lanka gears up for a presidential election five years after the end a long separatist rebellion, the country, especially the war-scarred north, faces a raft of unresolved chronic problems. Analysts regard many of them as long-term drivers of conflict. full report

Looming DRC offensive prompts “humanitarian fallout” fears

KAMPALA, 16 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015. full report

Boko Haram fuels displacement crisis in Niger’s Diffa Region

DAKAR, 12 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram militias have driven nearly 90,000 people into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year, sparking food security and protection worries. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 11 December 2014 (IRIN Global) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

South Africa's controversial new asylum form

JOHANNESBURG, 11 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Refugee advocates in South Africa have reacted with dismay and skepticism to a planned revamp of the asylum application process which the government says is designed to distinguish economic migrants from people with a bona fide case for refugee status. full report

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