Refugees/IDPs

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report

Tanzania’s new citizens to get land, voting rights

DAR ES SALAAM, 17 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Over 162,000 former Burundian refugees, who were recently granted Tanzanian citizenship after living in the country for over four decades, will now be able to buy and own land and vote, said a senior government official. full report

Tunisia’s seaborne samaritans rescue stranded migrants

TUNIS, 14 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - In Zarzis, a small port city of some 70,000 in southeastern Tunisia, fishermen plying the Mediterranean have become saviours, rescuing boatloads of illegal migrants to Europe setting out from the shores of Libya. full report

No justice, no peace for northern Mali

BAMAKO, 13 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of northerners who experienced human rights abuses during the occupation of Mali’s north are struggling to find redress amidst concerns that a climate of impunity is continuing and the government’s control in many areas of the north is at best shaky. People in the north were exposed to forced disappearances, torture, summary executions and sexual abuse, with most of the offences committed after March 2012 when Islamist extremists occupied large parts of territory. full report

WFP shortfall fuels Afghan funding fears

DUBAI, 10 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a US$40 million deficit for its Afghanistan programmes, as aid agencies fear that foreign troop withdrawal will lead to decreasing budgets for humanitarian action. full report

Myanmar’s embattled Palaung minority call for aid partners

NAMKHAM TOWNSHIP, 8 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Protracted fighting in northern Myanmar is displacing entire villages, including those of ethnic Palaung, who say they need more help to build up local civil society groups to allow aid to flow more effectively to their people full report

Desperate Journey - American Odysseys

NAIROBI, 8 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - Fleeing violence and poverty, hundreds of Central Americans cross the US-Mexico border into Texas every day. The US government spends billions of dollars each year trying to keep them out, or deporting those the border patrol apprehends. full report

Alternatives to refugee camps: Can policy become practice?

JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - For years, the images most commonly associated with refugees have been of sprawling, dusty camps populated by rows of tents sheltering thousands of men, women and children with little to occupy them besides queuing for aid handouts. full report

Heavy toll in Iraq's “forgotten” Anbar

BAGHDAD/DUBAI, 6 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Nine months of shelling, airstrikes and street battles have taken a heavy toll on Iraq's "forgotten" province of Anbar, the first to be overrun by militants from the group now calling itself the Islamic State (IS). full report

Dire conditions for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

MAROUA, 6 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of Nigerians who have fled attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram are crowded into Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon’s Far North Region, living in increasingly squalid conditions and at risk of contracting measles and other diseases, according to relief agencies. full report

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