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  • Local children stand by a gate in southern Afghanistan’s Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan. The highly mobile populations in the border area add to the risks. A team of health workers at the main border crossing vaccinates incoming children.
  • Posters of Magufuli and the ruling CCM regime adorn Magreth Mtema’s living room
    Posters of Magufuli and the ruling CCM regime adorn Magreth Mtema’s living room.
  • Timeline of refugees in Tanzania
  • A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea’s highlands region on 26 February. The remote area has also been hit by at least 194 aftershocks between 26 February and 9 April.
  • The Nakivale Refugee Settlement
  • Map of Burundi and neighbours with refugee, IDP, and food security information
  • Map of Burundi and neighbours with food security information
  • Timeline of Burundi's recent political past
  • Young men wait for work on the Afghan side of the Spin Boldak border crossing. Day labourers eke out a living packing trucks and helping families move their belongings into vehicles after crossing the border.
  • Mullah Nek Muhammad, left, sits with Patte Mohammad Khan, centre, and Abdullah Hakim, right, at a home on the outskirts of Kandahar City. Khan says he struggles to earn enough money: “We will die of hunger in our home country,” he says.
  • Men cross the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the busy Spin Boldak border post in Kandahar Province. The crossing is one of two major border checkpoints Afghan returnees from Pakistan use to re-enter the country.
  • Durkhane, 35, sits with her daughters in a border reception centre for Afghan returnees who have just re-entered from Pakistan. Returning Afghans are screened and offered short-term aid, but are largely left on their own when they leave.
  • The residents of this small suburb on the southern outskirts of Kandahar City are almost all recent returnees from Pakistan. The returnees say many in the area are considering returning to Pakistan again, despite the risks.
  • Map of Afghanistan featuring Nangarhar and Kandarhar Provinces as well as prominent border crossings
    Afghans return from Pakistan and Iran through four main border crossings. More than 600,000 Afghans returned home from either country in 2017. Authorities and aid groups in Afghanistan are bracing for higher numbers this year.
  • Pharmasist Mourad leads IRIN through the ruins of Sinjar General Hospital
    Pharmacist Mourad leads IRIN through the ruins of Sinjar General Hospital
  • EDIT An elderly Yazidi man receives basic treatment in one of the hospital's six beds
  • A derelict wing of Sinjar General Hospital that NGO Road to Peace has turned into a makeshift paediatric clinic
  • Pharmacist Mourad leads IRIN through the ruins of Sinjar General Hospital
  • An elderly Yazidi man receives basic treatment in one of the hospital's six beds
  • The Yazidi child who died of malnutrition and dehydration in Sinjar this winter
  • Visiting Italian paediatrician Doctor Merino Andalina who now stays in Sinjar for several weeks at a time sees a young patient
  • Residents in Nangarhar’s informal settlements live in shanty homes and tents, which are often exposed to the elements.
  • A worker looks over a pile of stones for new construction at a settlement in Nangarhar Province’s Behsud District.
  • Neighbours from Munir’s home village live in the same compound as his family in Behsud District. According to Munir, the families fled together “with nothing but the clothes on our back and each other”.
  • Munir, 35, fled his home in the middle of the night in late 2017. He and his family now live in a tent on a compound in Behsud District, along with other people from his village.
  • A worker looks over a pile of stones for new construction at a settlement in Nangarhar Province’s Behsud District.
  • Munir, 35, pictured with his children standing outside his tent at their settlement in Behsud District, in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. Munir fled his home to escape clashes between the Taliban and Islamic State-aligned fighters in late 2017.
  • Mohammad, 30, and his family, in the courtyard of their home in Behsud District. Mohammad’s single-room house is the only brick building in a compound filled with tents. But with little work available, he fears he can no longer afford the rent.
  • A boy looks over new construction in a settlement where recent returnees from Pakistan now live in Nangarhar Province’s Behsud District.
  • A child from North Kivu, DRC.

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