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28 May 2016 description
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By Lorenzo Morales

Alejandro Labarte, a 32-year-old X-ray operator from Cuba, has been stuck for the last 20 days in a warehouse in Turbo, a chaotic port in northern Colombia near the Panamanian border. His journey north towards the United States was interrupted earlier this month when Panama closed the border in an attempt to halt the flow of mainly Cuban migrants.

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27 May 2016 description
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Fears of IS infiltration mean thousands of refugees are now trapped in a fenced-off compound

Rana spent more than five months at the Jordanian border with Syria, with very little in the way of food, water, medical care or shelter. She eventually made it into Jordan, but for the past 20 days the 15-year-old has been trapped, alongside thousands of others, inside what is euphemistically known as “Village 5”, a fenced-off compound within the UN-run Azraq camp, some 80 kilometres east of Amman.

26 May 2016 description
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Authorities in Sudan have launched a crackdown on Eritrean migrants - arresting those living in the capital, Khartoum, and intercepting hundreds travelling north through the country towards Libya, the launching point for smugglers’ boats heading for Europe.

26 May 2016 description
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Sri Lanka will enact a new, nationwide building code to mitigate the risks of future floods after heavy rain inundated the capital city, Colombo, and triggered landslides in the mountainous central region, killing about 200 people.

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26 May 2016 description
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By Kristy Siegfried

Authorities in Sudan have launched a crackdown on Eritrean migrants - arresting those living in the capital, Khartoum, and intercepting hundreds travelling north through the country towards Libya, the launching point for smugglers’ boats heading for Europe.

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25 May 2016 description
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By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 24 May 2016

The purpose of peace talks is to engage your opponent across the negotiating table. But the Burundi government sees things differently and by picking and choosing who it talks to, on Tuesday sank the latest mediation effort to resolve the country’s political crisis.

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24 May 2016 description
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Over a two-year period, Annie Bojas-Imperio’s entire family was stricken by dengue, a debilitating and sometimes deadly mosquito-borne virus.

“Mommy, daddy and my two sons. It’s like dengue mosquitos love us,” Bojas-Imperio said with a laugh in her home in the Philippine’s capital, Manila.

But she wasn’t laughing when the first family member to get the flu-like illness was her son Lucky, who was little more than a year old in 2012.

24 May 2016 description
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The “Grand Bargain”, the “Roundtable on Humanitarian Financing”, the “Global Food Security Cluster” event: meetings and dealings at the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit can seem a long way removed from the day-to-day challenges facing many in the aid world.

24 May 2016 description
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The “Grand Bargain” is the name for a package of reforms to humanitarian funding, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit. Thirty representatives of donors and aid agencies produced 51 “commitments” to make emergency aid finance more efficient and effective.

23 May 2016 description
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By Jared Ferrie

Following a recent resolution against attacks on healthcare in war zones, the UN should ensure compliance by referring perpetrators to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

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20 May 2016 description
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By Obi Anyadike

If the Kenyan government is bluffing over its announcement that it will close Dadaab refugee camp by November and repatriate 350,000 Somalis back across the border, then it’s a more elaborate ruse than usual.

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20 May 2016 description
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One of the key issues on the agenda at next week’s World Humanitarian Summit will be how to address record levels of forced displacement.

The number of people forced from their homes by conflict and persecution has now reached an estimated 60 million. The reason is not more wars, but conflicts that have become more intractable and drawn out. More than 80 percent of refugee crises now last for 10 or more years and two out of five last for at least 20 years.

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19 May 2016 description
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On priority reforms at the World Humanitarian Summit

By Jan Egeland

The World Humanitarian Summit will bring together global leaders and UN officials to improve the world’s response to crises. What’s the highest priority outcome? Special Advisor to the UN Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland argues that despite improvements in the delivery of aid, the humanitarian sector is still failing to protect civilians from violence.

19 May 2016 description
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Camp closures ignore the innocent homeless

By Habibou Bangré

People already made homeless by the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are once more at risk, threatened by the closure of camps in North Kivu Province by politicians and the military who regard them as sanctuaries for rebel fighters.

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19 May 2016 description
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On priority reforms at the World Humanitarian Summit

By Kristalina Georgieva
Vice President of the European Commission

The World Humanitarian Summit will bring together global leaders and UN officials to improve the world’s response to crises. What’s the highest priority outcome? Not just more money, argues Kristalina Georgieva, the architect of a new "Grand Bargain" for aid efficiency.

18 May 2016 description
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But refugees find it restrictive and aid agencies have security concerns

By Bethan Staton
IRIN Contributor

There is only one supermarket at Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp. It’s a cavernous space, packed with crowds and stacked with tins and boxes. Sabha, a mother of six who came here from Aleppo four months ago, browses the tinned pulses, eggs, rice and fresh vegetables that line the shelves and sits on her stacked rations for the month as she queues to buy them.

18 May 2016 description
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By Tania Karas
Tania Karas is a 2015-16 US Fulbright Fellow in Greece reporting on the refugee crisis at a time of financial crisis.

VERIA, 17 May 2016

Yusra al-Khatib is scrolling through photos of her husband, Bassam Mughrabi, on her smartphone.

17 May 2016 description
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By Jared Ferrie

Colombia’s largest guerrilla group has agreed to release all of its soldiers under age 15. It is a move welcomed by child rights groups but it also highlights the continued use of child soldiers in conflicts around the world.

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13 May 2016 description
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By Mohamed Amin Jibril

Somalia has made a $1 million donation to the drought-hit breakaway northwestern region of Somaliland, ahead of controversial talks between the two sides later this month to clarify their future relations.

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13 May 2016 description
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By Nasser Al-Sakkaf, IRIN contributor in Yemen

With additional reporting by Annie Slemrod, IRIN Middle East Editor

SANA'A, 12 May 2016

With ongoing violence and peace talks on fragile ground, Yemen’s population faces a new threat: the World Food Programme has warned that a funding shortfall may soon force it to halt operations in the country.

“We are on the edge,” WFP’s country director in Yemen, Purnima Kashyap, told IRIN. “By July we will have no resources available and will not be able to deliver [food] starting in August.”