Refugees/IDPs

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

Iraq aid response “inadequate” despite funding boost

DUBAI, 15 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Tens of thousands of Iraqis have yet to receive aid despite funding pouring into relief efforts, according to NGOs. full report

Conditions for asylum seekers worsen in Libya

JOHANNESBURG, 7 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As violence in Libya continues to escalate, most diplomats and foreign workers have by now received assistance from their governments and employers to evacuate the country. But for the tens of thousands of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, the only possibility for escape lies in the hands of smugglers. full report

War and peace in northern Mali

BAMAKO/KIDAL, 7 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Continued violence in northern Mali which saw three separatist rebel groups retake control of much of the north, has put peace talks set for August, and the July roadmap to peace signed by rebel groups and the Malian government, on shaky ground. full report

Time to investigate abuses in Nigeria

DAKAR, 6 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Rights groups in Nigeria are calling for an independent investigation into evidence of abuses as video footage obtained by human rights group Amnesty International appears to show members of the Nigerian military brutally beating and murdering suspected militants in the country's north. full report

IDPs under pressure in Pakistan’s Sindh Province

KARACHI, 4 August 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Fleeing the violence in North Waziristan, displaced Pakistanis are confronting a new enemy in southern Sindh Province - prejudice. full report

Interview with outgoing Africa Great Lakes Special Envoy Mary Robinson

NAIROBI, 4 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - In mid-June UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reassigned the special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, to special envoy for climate change. IRIN spoke to her about her time working on the Great Lakes region. full report

Yemen IDPs mull return to Amran after ceasefire

SANAA, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As the Houthi militants withdraw from the Yemeni city of Amran, the 35,000 people displaced plot their way home full report

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

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