By Bindi Bryce
The active volcano on Vanuatu's Ambae island is once again spewing out ash and harmful smoke, and Vanuatu's government is now looking into acquiring land to permanently resettle the island's 13,000 residents.
The active volcano on Vanuatu's Ambae island has once again begun spewing out ash and harmful smoke, and Vanuatu's government is now looking into acquiring land to permanently resettle the island's 13,000 residents.
By Yara Murray-Atfield
Fiji is reeling from the impact of tropical Cyclone Josie that has left at least four people dead and caused major flooding
Fiji is reeling from the impact of a tropical cyclone that has killed at least four people and caused major flooding, according to local media.
While Cyclone Josie was a relatively weak category one when it passed to the country's south-west over the weekend, it brought heavy flooding to the main island of Viti Levu.
By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek
The victims of a devastating earthquake in the Papua New Guinea highlands say the disaster has compounded the impacts of deadly tribal fighting that had already displaced thousands of people.
Made homeless by tribal enemies who kidnapped and gang-raped her last year, *Mary fled to a neighbouring village in Papua New Guinea's highlands to seek shelter.
"I was raped and severely beaten on my face," she said.
By Elise Fantin
A senior United Nations official has demanded the Federal Government reconsider its offshore processing policy as concerns about detainees' mental health grows.
Indrika Ratwatte, the Asia Pacific director for its refugee agency the UNHCR, recently visited the Nauru detention centre and described the conditions as "shocking".
"Looking at the conditions here, particularly the mental health situation, it's very, very shocking," he said.
"We must make every effort to get refugees out of this situation."
By Yara Murray-Atfield
A month after a huge deadly earthquake in Papua New Guinea, there are warnings that schools won't be able to reopen until next year, leaving traumatised children in limbo.
A month after a deadly magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea's Highlands, aid workers have warned that an entire "generation" of children may miss out on a proper education.