ADDIS ABABA, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Herding weary sheep up a dusty path, Hussein Boru knows he won’t find green pastures. He’s just looking for the minimum to keep his flock fed in drought-hit eastern Ethiopia.
Boru, a pastoralist from the Karrayyu Oromo ethnic group, has been forced to move his 30-strong extended family 60 kilometres from their old home. The drought, he says, has made their land unlivable, but the countryside they’re crossing is hardly any better.
OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Two weeks have elapsed since the terrorist attacks in Paris. With the news that at least two of the attackers posed as refugees to enter Europe via Greece, a number of EU countries have taken steps to shore up their borders and restrict entry by asylum seekers, citing both security concerns and capacity problems. Here’s a round-up of which countries have done what:
OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.
By Bidushi Dhungel
KATHMANDU, 26 November 2015 (IRIN) - Seven months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, the government has finally found its way through a political logjam that was holding up billions of dollars pledged for reconstruction.
International donors pledged more than $4 billion after the 25 April quake and another temblor on 12 May. The earthquakes killed close to 9,000 people and destroyed or damaged almost a million homes.
By Obinna Anyadike, Editor-at-Large
NAIROBI, 26 November 2015 (IRIN) - The science is clear. It’s the deal, as ever, that’s complicated.
The Paris climate summit is one more chance, from an ever dwindling store, for the world to agree and implement the tough actions needed to keep global warming at below 2 degrees. Any higher, and we’re in serious peril.
London, 25 November 2015 (IRIN) - In a case with far-reaching implications for security in the aid industry, a court in Oslo has found the Norwegian Refugee Council guilty of gross negligence in its handling of the kidnapping of Steve Dennis and three other staff members in Dadaab, Kenya in 2012.
By Samya Kullab
BEIRUT, 25 November 2015 (IRIN) - Struggling to find work and receiving little aid, many of Lebanon's 1.1 million Syrian refugees are barely getting by. An estimated 90 percent are in debt and nearly all have to make sacrifices. IRIN asked six families how they make do.
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CHARDARA DISTRICT, Afghanistan, 24 November 2015 (IRIN) - Food prices are shooting up in Afghanistan as the harvest has been halted in the country’s breadbasket in the northern province of Kunduz, where farmers have fled fighting and fields are infested with explosives.
LONDRES, 23 novembre 2015 (IRIN) - Réuni sur la rive tranquille du lac Léman, le groupe de 32 représentants politiques n’a pas réussi à parvenir à un accord sur l’accueil de centaines de milliers de réfugiés fuyant une violente oppression.
OXFORD, 20 novembre 2015 (IRIN) - Confrontés à l’afflux d’un nombre record de demandeurs d’asile et à l’effritement de la sympathie du public, les pays européens sont de plus en plus nombreux à utiliser les budgets d’aide étrangère pour nourrir et loger les nouveaux arrivants.
Tensions are running high at the Greek-Macedonian border. Thousands of migrants and refugees have been stranded there for the past two days since Macedonian authorities began only allowing those from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to cross and continue their journey to northern Europe.
By Kamila Hyat
PESHAWAR, 20 November 2015 (IRIN) - In his tiny house in Pakistan’s Chitral District, Rustam Shah has over the past two weeks hosted three separate families who were made homeless by last month’s earthquake.
LONDON, 18 November 2015 (IRIN) - Gathered on the calm shores of Lake Geneva, a group of 32 political representatives failed to reach agreement on how to accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing violent oppression.
This is not the opening paragraph of a recent news report on Europe’s efforts to deal with the migration crisis and the exodus from Syria. It describes the Evian conference in 1938 when politicians, diplomats and refugee support groups came together in the French spa town at the invitation of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
By Kristy Siegfried
OXFORD, 19 November 2015 (IRIN) - At least three countries on the Balkan route, the main thoroughfare for migrants and refugees seeking to reach northern Europe from Greece, abruptly imposed new border controls overnight, allowing only certain nationalities to progress.
PARIS/OXFORD, 18 novembre 2015 (IRIN) - Vendredi soir, Fade Kintar, un ingénieur chimiste de 24 ans originaire de Damas, était devant la télévision avec d'autres réfugiés syriens, à regarder l'horreur des attentats terroristes multiples frappant Paris, dans son logement temporaire de Sontra, en Allemagne.
OXFORD, 18 November 2015 (IRIN) - Faced with the arrival of record numbers of asylum seekers and shrinking levels of public sympathy, more and more European countries are using their foreign aid budgets to foot the bill of feeding and housing the newcomers.
LONDON, 17 November 2015 (IRIN) - Four years after it was first used in a mass vaccination campaign, the MenAfriVac vaccine has achieved an extraordinary outcome; cases of meningitis A have dropped to almost zero in the epidemic belt across Africa.
But if it hadn’t been for an experimental partnership between the World Health Organization and the not-for-profit health organisation, PATH – working without the involvement of multinational pharmaceutical companies – the vaccine might never even have been developed.
By Fragkiska Megaloudi
MAIDUGURI/YOLA, 17 November 2015 (IRIN) - Memuna* was four months pregnant when Boko Haram attacked her village on the outskirts of Bama, some 60 kilometres southeast of the Borno State capital of Maiduguri.
Her husband was killed during the September 2014 raid. She was captured and thrown into a cage by the militants after becoming separated from her five children.
MONROVIA, 17 novembre 2015 (IRIN) - Combien de temps faut-il pour qu’un pays rouvre ses frontières avec un pays voisin où la fin d’une épidémie mortelle et contagieuse a été déclarée ?
C’est une question pertinente pour les quelque 38 000 Ivoiriens qui ont fui les violences politiques de 2010 en se réfugiant au Liberia et qui ne peuvent maintenant plus rentrer chez eux, car leur propre gouvernement craint une résurgence du virus Ebola. La fin de l’épidémie au Liberia a pourtant été déclarée le 3 septembre, il y a près de deux mois et demi.