Refugees/IDPs

No husband, no home: Migrant wives struggle in Nepal

KATHMANDU, 4 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every year thousands of Nepalese men travel abroad in search of work, leaving their families behind. So when a powerful earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, many women suddenly found themselves without a home to live in or a husband to help. In a country where gender discrimination is common, these migrants' wives are now especially vulnerable. full report

US locks up asylum-seeker families

NEW YORK, 2 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - An aggressive strategy by the United States to deter thousands of people fleeing violence in Mexico and Central America includes keeping women and children in detention for months while they await asylum hearings. full report

Yemen's crisis in numbers

BEIRUT, 1 May 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Five weeks after a Saudi Arabian-led coalition started bombing the Arab world’s poorest country in a bid to force pro-Iranian Houthi rebels from power, neither side appears any closer to victory. Some numbers help put the plight of the Yemeni civilians in perspective. full report

Can you hear me now? Why good communication is critical to the Nepal quake response

LONDON , 29 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - As aid continues to pour into Nepal after Saturday's powerful earthquake, the need for clear information is becoming ever more stark. Imogen Wall, a communications specialist who has worked for various humanitarian agencies in several emergency responses, says a well-managed exchange of information can be the difference between an effective relief operation and misguided chaos. full report

Kenya backpedals on closure of Somali refugee camp

NAIROBI, 29 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Kenya appears to have softened its stance on the imminent closure of a camp hosting more than a third of a million Somali refugees, weeks after the deputy president announced it would happen within three months, in a reaction to the massacre at Garissa University. full report

Legal routes no easy fix to EU migration crisis

OXFORD, 28 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a new column, Jeff Crisp, former policy chief at UNHCR and now an advisor with Refugees International, questions whether opening up more legal routes into Europe is really the silver bullet to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean many make it out to be. full report

Health concerns grow in Nepal quake camps

KATHMANDU, 28 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Hundreds of makeshift camps have sprung up around the Nepalese capital Kathmandu in the aftermath of Saturday's destructive earthquake. Some people have lost their homes in the disaster. Others are simply too scared of aftershocks to move back inside a building. Humanitarian agencies say there is an urgent need to improve conditions in the camps and are warning that poor sanitation is a looming health hazard. full report

Top picks: Migrant boats, Islamic State and World Bank controversy

LONDON, 24 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of noteworthy humanitarian journalism and research, compiled by the editorial team. This week - a deep dive into the Islamic State, Sudan's Southern Kordofan and the World Bank's dubious practices. full report

Destroy the smuggling market, not the boats

LONDON, 24 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Anthropologist and author of "Illegality, Inc." Ruben Andersson of the London School of Economics explains why an EU plan to destroy migrant smugglers' boats is doomed to fail. full report

The EU’s ‘disappointing’ response to the migration crisis

OXFORD, 24 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - A closer look at the list of commitments from Europe’s leaders after their hastily-arranged migrant crisis summit in Brussels reveals no substantial change in response and few measures likely to have any major impact on the flows of migrants and asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe. full report

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