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Eyes Wide Shut: The challenge of humanitarian biometrics

BELGRADE, 26 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The use of biometrics clearly has a role to play in humanitarianism. The challenge, says IRIN columnist Paul Currion, is to protect the vulnerable, whose identities may be vital for accessing government services, while preventing powerful states and private companies who may seek to experiment or exploit. full report

Rape, stigma, poverty: The lot of urban refugees in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 24 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Despite efforts to help refugees who settle in urban areas, many still face stigma, poverty and sexual assault. full report

Nigerians who fled Boko Haram forced home

YAOUNDE, 21 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - As many as 15,000 people who took refuge in northern Cameroon after fleeing violence in Nigeria are now being sent back home, over fears they could have ties to Boko Haram. full report

Film: Gaza fire

GAZA CITY, 18 August 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Last summer's war in Israel and Gaza left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead. At the forefront of the battle to save people were the Palestinian enclave's fire service. One year on, the firefighters are battling not just flames - but politics, salary shortages and a chronic lack of equipment. full report

On World Humanitarian Day, a new idea to protect aid workers

ISTANBUL, 18 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The French NGO Action Against Hunger is proposing a radical new idea to protect aid workers from attack. But could it work? full report

Progress but little punch in Libya talks

GENEVA, 17 August 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Almost a year into UN-led talks in Libya, progress has been excruciatingly slow - often appearing to slide backwards. But Mary Fitzgerald, who has been watching the talks closely, finds some reason for optimism. full report

Refugee relations turn sour in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 11 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Relations between many of the more than 250,000 refugees from the Central African Republic who fled into Cameroon and local host populations are becoming increasingly strained. full report

Dataviz: The civilians killed targeting ISIS

ISTANBUL, 3 August 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The US-led bombing campaign against the so-called Islamic State has killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq and Syria, despite official recognition of only two deaths, a new report has alleged. full report

Cameroon pays high price for joining Boko Haram fight

MAROUA, 31 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - New security measures across much of Cameroon, which are meant to prevent more attacks by Boko Haram, are having a negative impact on people's livelihoods. full report

Mapped - the world's conflicts

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - An interactive map showing all the ongoing conflicts around the world. full report

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