Refugees/IDPs

Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name?

BANGKOK, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community sometimes appears complicit in the airbrushing of “Rohingya” from official discourse. full report

Back to school in Gaza amid fear, hope

GAZA, 13 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian pupils in Gaza are heading back to school on 14 September keen to start a delayed new academic year, and all too aware of the impact of the recent conflict. full report

“Super-flood” risk Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 11 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Late monsoon rains in northern Pakistan have washed away communities, devastated farmland, and brought the risk of a “super-flood” moving across the country, leaving millions of people potentially vulnerable. full report

Military operations in NW Pakistan disrupt education

BANNU (KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA PROVINCE), 10 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Continuing military operations in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal district are disrupting the education of more than 85,000 students in state-run schools. full report

Can legal changes stop trafficking in Yemen?

BEIRUT, 9 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A Yemeni draft law envisaging strict penalties for those involved in trafficking migrants, including kidnapping them and demanding ransom, may finally bring an end to decades of exploitation. full report

Women fearful in South Sudan camps

MALAKAL, 9 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Julie Francis's self-imposed curfew starts when the sun sets. The widowed mother of four has been living at the UN base outside Malakal since December, one of more than 17,000 people who have fled there to escape episodic fighting in South Sudan's Upper Nile State capital. But the overcrowded camp is not without its own dangers, especially for women and girls. full report

Red Cross to Kenyatta: send troops to quell clan clashes

NAIROBI, 1 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Frustrated by a resurgence of intercommunal conflict, Kenya's top humanitarian official has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to make good on a threat to deploy the army in perennially restive areas in the country's northeast. full report

Analysis: Iraq's forgotten displaced

NAJAF/ERBIL/DUBAI, 22 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - In recent weeks the world’s attention has fixed on the plight of the Christians and Yezidis of northern Iraq as hundreds of thousands have fled advancing Islamic militants to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan. Yet across the country the same number again of Iraqis have fled their homes to other regions, receiving far less attention and support. full report

Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis seek safety in Turkey

SILOPI, TURKEY, 18 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As soon as he crossed the border into southeastern Turkey, Khudeda Khalaf downed a bottle of water and called his aunt’s cell phone, praying that she and her family had made it to safety. full report

Attacks curb aid work in north Cameroon

DAKAR, 15 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - An escalation of attacks by Nigerian radical Islamist Boko Haram militia is restricting aid operations in the Far North Region of Cameroon where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought safety, say aid workers. full report

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