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24 Jun 2016 description
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How Central Americans fleeing gang violence don’t qualify

By Kristy Siegfried

Alicia* was 14 years old when she was raped by members of one of the violent criminal gangs that have made El Salvador the homicide capital of the world. Pregnant and facing the threat of further violence, she negotiated the hazardous overland route to the United States, where she had family. However, once there, she struggled to find a lawyer who would take on her asylum case.

23 Jun 2016 description
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By Aamir Saeed

Sardar Gul has been forced to cut his earnings by more than half.

Daily scrutiny by police cracking down on Afghan refugees in Pakistan turned his three-kilometre commute to a construction site into a two-hour ordeal. It became untenable. So, instead of braving checkpoints and spot checks at work, Gul traded in his shovel for an awl.

22 Jun 2016 description
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Exile arrivals in India have plummeted from 3,320 in 2005 to just six so far this year

By Saransh Sehgal

As Chinese border guards searched the cargo truck he was hiding in, Yonten’s heart began to race. If they discovered him among the boxes, his attempt to escape Tibet would be over and he would end up in prison instead of India.

21 Jun 2016 description
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Sudan's forgotten front

Documist for IRIN

World Refugee Week highlights the big conflicts around the world that force millions of people from their homes. But in the southeastern corner of Sudan a little-known struggle has succeeded in depopulating an entire region.

21 Jun 2016 description
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Drought and climate change in Madagascar

By Will Worley

​ANDROY, 21 June 2016

Drought-prone southern Madagascar is facing yet another food emergency this year. An unusually strong El Niño season means the rains have failed once more. Prices in local markets have skyrocketed, leaving more than 665,000 people in urgent need of food aid.

20 Jun 2016 description
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Myanmar refugees face tough choices in Thailand

The aroma of roasting coffee beans filters through Jladdy’s hut, nestled into a jungle-covered hill in the Mae La refugee camp in northern Thailand. Crouched over the roasting tin, he laughs when he recalls his arrival more than 20 years ago.

“I thought we would stay here for a week, not years,” says Jladdy, who fled across the border in 1994 when government soldiers arrived in his ethnic Karen village in Myanmar.

17 Jun 2016 description
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By Alice Su
TEREKEKA, 16 June 2016

Three flags fly in a dirt lot outside the local administrator’s office in the South Sudanese town of Terekeka. The middle one is especially bright: a new green flag emblazoned with a rhinoceros, the word TEREKEKA printed in white block letters underneath. It was recently raised to replace an older flag using the same design but representing Central Equatorial State.

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16 Jun 2016 description
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By Kristy Siegfried

When all else fails for a refugee – when there is no prospect of them being able to go home or integrate in their host country – the UN refugee agency submits their case for resettlement to a third country.

16 Jun 2016 description
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Kenya looks to UNHCR to help it solve its refugee dilemma

By Obi Anyadike

Kenya has called on the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, to help develop a plan for the repatriation of 315,000 Somalis from its sprawling Dadaab refugee complex – a move that might allow the extension of a controversial and unlikely November deadline for their return.

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15 Jun 2016 description
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By Annie Slemrod

The World Food Programme has hit back strongly at allegations that the UN has allowed its aid operations in Syria to be controlled by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, emboldening the siege warfare tactics that have become characteristic of the five-year war.

15 Jun 2016 description
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By Ben Parker

LONDON, 14 June 2016

A foundation set up by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is donating £20 million ($29 million) to British NGO Save the Children to train a “next generation” of emergency aid workers from developing countries.

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14 Jun 2016 description
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Influx from South Sudan pushes Uganda’s progressive system to breaking point

by Rajiv Golla
ADJUMANI, 13 June 2016

South Sudanese refugees, driven by food insecurity, a collapsing economy, and ongoing violence continue to arrive in northern Uganda despite the formation of a unity government back home in Juba.

The return of Riek Machar, former vice president-cum-rebel leader, in April to take up the post of First Vice President has not improved the fortunes of the battered economy, or unlocked more aid money.

13 Jun 2016 description
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Masoud proudly lifts his bedding to reveal the construction of his makeshift bed. He has hammered together four wooden pallets and fitted legs underneath. Poorly padded by a yoga mat covered by two woollen blankets, it seems to radiate heat in the airless June afternoon. But the 34-year-old Syrian chef has a solution for the stifling conditions too.

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13 Jun 2016 description
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By James Jeffrey

Sitting on parched ground pummelled by the sun, a camel looks on majestically as pastoralists mill around it in a whirl of activity. Loaded onto its back are sacks of grains and pulses, yellow jerry cans, bottles of cooking oil, bits of fabric and plastic to make rough bivouac structures, and more.

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13 Jun 2016 description
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By Bethan Staton

10 Jun 2016 description
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Nigeria and Kenya get poor marks in new survey

By Obi Anyadike

Public approval in Nigeria and Kenya for their governments’ handling of jihadist violence is low, and citizens have a poor opinion of the security forces that are supposed to protect them, according to a survey-based report released this week by Afrobarometer, a pan-African research network.

09 Jun 2016 description
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How the needs of more than 300,000 Darfuris are neglected by the aid system

By Mahamat Adamou
IRIN Contributor

GOZ BEIDA, 9 June 2016

The Darfur conflict fell out of the headlines years ago, but more than 300,000 Sudanese are still living as refugees in neighbouring Chad, a country with its own problems of poverty, climate change, and insecurity. As humanitarian aid has dried up, how are they surviving in this harsh, arid setting?

08 Jun 2016 description
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By Joanna Chiu BEIJING, 8 June 2016

Sixty-two Chinese rescuers and six sniffer dogs were the first global team on the ground in Nepal the day after a massive earthquake devastated the country just over a year ago.

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08 Jun 2016 description
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El Salvador is contending with an epidemic of gang violence. The small but densely populated Central American nation registered more homicides in 2015 than in any year during its protracted civil war, and young people are particularly vulnerable. Violent crime perpetrated by the “maras”, as the gangs are known, has claimed the lives of 7,500 young Salvadorans since mid-2014.

07 Jun 2016 description
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With no peace talks on the cards, the threat of civil war grows

By Jean-Baptiste Nkurunziza and Obi Anyadike
BUJUMBURA, 7 June 2016

A year after President Pierre Nkurunziza controversially decided to stand for a third term in office in Burundi, more than 1,150 people have died in political violence, according to conflict tracking NGO ACLED.