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

03 Aug 2015 description
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By Jared Ferrie and Chris Mana Hung

YANGON/FALAM, 3 August 2015 (IRIN) -

Washed-out roads and bloated rivers are just two of the challenges facing relief workers who are trying to assess the damage caused by flooding in Myanmar, which has already killed 27 people and affected at least 150,000 and is expected to get worse.

03 Aug 2015 description
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By Chloe Cornish

ERBIL, 3 August 2015 (IRIN) - An angry man with a moustache gesticulates with a mobile phone. He is one of 15 mukhtars (community leaders) in a meeting with UN staff at a camp in northern Iraq. They are responsible for telling their neighbourhood what aid they can expect from humanitarian organisations. “Look,” he shouts, “don't you know that the World Food Programme is giving food to Daesh?” (slang for the so-called Islamic State or ISIS)

31 Jul 2015 description
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MONROVIA, 31 July 2015 (IRIN) - When pupils in Liberia returned to school in March after a six-month Ebola-enforced closure they thought they would be studying for the next eight months straight, making up for lost learning time.

31 Jul 2015 description
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MAROUA, 31 July 2015 (IRIN) - A month ago, the main market in the Cameroonian town of Maroua was bustling with traders and buyers. Now it is a place of fear and suspicion, bordering on paranoia.
Five suicide bombings in just 13 days in the Far North Region, all blamed on Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, have made people jittery. Thousands of troops have been sent north by the government in distant Yaoundé and draconian security measures have come into force across much of the country.

30 Jul 2015 description
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DUBAÏ , 30 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Les organisations d’aide humanitaire conviennent aisément qu’il est important de mener des programmes qui tiennent compte des disparités entre les sexes, mais peu d’entre elles ont mis au point des méthodes concrètes d’évaluation des impacts pour les personnes qu’elles sont censées aider.

Le Comité permanent interagence (IASC, en anglais) a établi une échelle de notation évaluant les propositions de projets humanitaires selon qu’elles ignorent, prennent en compte ou privilégient l’égalité des sexes.

30 Jul 2015 description
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More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid.

30 Jul 2015 description
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LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN) - The news is dominated by wars and unrest in places like Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, but there are dozens of other conflicts around the globe just as devastating that get far less media attention.

Next Monday, IRIN will launch the first instalment of a series on the world’s forgotten conflicts. Our package of stories, films and graphics will look in-depth at the situation in South Kordofan in Sudan, Casamance in Senegal, and the border states of southern Thailand.

30 Jul 2015 description
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By Kamila Hyat

ISLAMABAD, 30 July 2015 (IRIN) - As Pakistan faces its fourth consecutive year of heavy flooding, relief workers are urging the government to do more to ensure inevitable future inundations do less harm.

The government says at least 86 people have died and more than 500,000 people been affected as rivers swelled with monsoon rains and glacial melt, and floodwaters engulfed various parts of the country over the past week.

29 Jul 2015 description
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BUDAPEST/VIENNA , 29 July 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of migrants sit in the underpasses in front of Budapest’s Keleti station on a balmy Sunday morning. Every couple of hours, a few dozen rouse themselves and look up at the departures board, waiting for the platform number for the Vienna train to appear above.

The stakes are high.

29 Jul 2015 description
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BEIRUT, 29 July 2015 (IRIN) - In the past week, Turkey has gone from an unhappy observer in the Syrian civil war to a full-blown combatant. Following two attacks by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), the country has begun a bombing campaign targeting both the Islamist militants in Syria and Kurdish separatists in Iraq.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also allowed the United States to use the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey in its bombing campaign against ISIS.

29 Jul 2015 description
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NADOR, 29 July 2015 (IRIN) - Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean.

Thousands of irregular migrants were unable or unwilling to take advantage of the Moroccan government’s limited “regularisation” process that granted less than 18,000 one-year residency permits.

They now play a cat-and-mouse game with the police in the northern Riff mountains overlooking the Spanish enclave of Melilla.

29 Jul 2015 description
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By Rosie Scammell

ROME, 27 July 2015 (IRIN) - A leafy street in Rome is transformed into a hive of activity every lunchtime as Eritrean migrants queue up to collect a plate of food outside the Baobab cultural centre run by the local diaspora community.

The youthfulness of the faces is striking. Many fled Eritrea to avoid being conscripted into indefinite military service, but none will admit to being under 18 for fear the authorities will place them in a centre for unaccompanied migrant children, dashing their hopes of reaching northern Europe.

28 Jul 2015 description
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By Louise Redvers

DUBAI, 28 July 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping.

The humanitarian sector’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) “Gender Marker” rates aid proposals on whether they ignore, take into account, or prioritise Gender Equality Programming (GEP).

28 Jul 2015 description
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By Chloe Cornish

ERBIL, 28 July 2015 (IRIN) - Fa'iza escaped from Mosul when the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) invaded. She has breast cancer and her symptoms are made worse by the extreme heat. It's 46 degrees Celsius in Baharka, a camp for displaced Iraqis in the northern Kurdistan region, and the mother-of-five is fraught. A long power cut has rendered her fan motionless for most of the morning. “I am sick,” she says. “And this heat makes it much harder.”

28 Jul 2015 description
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DJAMENA/DAKAR, 28 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Cela fait bientôt 25 ans que Clément Abaifouta, 55 ans, souhaite poser une question à Hissène Habré, l'ancien président tchadien : « Pourquoi m'avez-vous arrêté ? ».

Video: Le Fossoyeur et le Président

Film réalisé par Aida Grovestins et Ricci Shryock

28 Jul 2015 description
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OXFORD, 28 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Comment peut-on mettre au point des politiques et des programmes efficaces pour aider les populations vulnérables lorsque l’on ignore à combien de personnes on a affaire ?

La difficulté de collecter des données fiables en contexte d’urgence est un perpétuel problème pour le secteur humanitaire. Or, il est aggravé lorsque les personnes que l’on essaye de dénombrer n’ont pas été recensées par leur propre gouvernement depuis plusieurs dizaines d’années.

27 Jul 2015 description
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By Almigdad Mojalli

SANA'A, 27 July 2015 (IRIN) - Surveying the skyline of the Yemeni capital Sana’a, you see destruction everywhere. A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has been bombing Yemen for four months and the damage is obvious – from blown-out windows to mounds of rubble where buildings once stood. But if you look a little closer you might notice something else new – small rectangles dotted across the city’s roofs.

As the war has intensified and fuel shortages have increased, a growing number of Yemenis are turning to solar power to see them through.

27 Jul 2015 description
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BANGUI, 27 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Des milliers de personnes sont rentrées chez elles en République centrafricaine plus d’un an après avoir fui, souvent vers les pays voisins, la crise politique complexe et violente qui secouait le pays.

Bien que la sécurité se soit améliorée dans certaines régions, il reste difficile pour de nombreux anciens déplacés de retrouver un semblant de vie normale.

26 Jul 2015 description
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ABIDJAN, 26 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Cinq ans après l’élection présidentielle contestée de 2010 en Côte d’Ivoire, qui a plongé le pays dans une agitation qui a fait plus de 3 000 morts, la population s’apprête à reprendre le chemin des urnes. Va-t-on assister à de nouveaux troubles à l’occasion de cette nouvelle élection prévue pour octobre, ou ce pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest va-t-il tourner la page et aller de l’avant ?