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REFUGEES: Moving out of the shadows
31 May 2012 (IRIN ), When night falls in the Dadaab refugee complex in eastern Kenya, nearly half a million refugees are plunged into darkness. The lack of light robs schoolchildren of the possibility of studying and provides perfect cover for thieves and rapists.
FOOD: Power to the people!
15 May 2012 (IRIN ), The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched its first Africa Human Development Report today, stressing food security as a means to a better quality of life for all.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Farmers and forecasts
2 April 2012 (IRIN ), Unpredictable rainfall in parts of Côte d’Ivoire cost some farmers over half of their harvest in 2011 producers told IRIN, but, armed with more knowledge about how to get weather reports and interpret them, they might still have been able to boost their output, say agricultural specialists.
GUINEA: Charging of top army official makes waves
14 February 2012 (IRIN ), “This simply doesn’t happen in Guinea,” a civilian in the capital, Conakry, said of the 8th February decision by judges to charge a top army official for alleged involvement in crimes against civilians. Guineans and rights experts say the move is an opening up to the rule of law, but the country must overcome forces that have long fed impunity.
WEST AFRICA: Call for more coordinated approach to child protection
4 January 2012 (IRIN ), A new report on child migration in West Africa says thousands of children are being sold, exchanged or transported out of their communities each year in violation of internationally-recognized rights of the child, and calls on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to persuade governments to better protect these children.
GUINEA: Evading the cholera epidemic*
12 December 2011 (IRIN ), With just two cholera cases reported in 2011 Guinea escaped a West and Central Africa-wide cholera epidemic that infected 85,000 people and killed 2,500 in the first ten months of 2011. Luck, as well as targeted prevention efforts on the part of aid agencies and the government, brought this about, specialists told IRIN, but a far deeper overhaul of the water and sanitation system is needed country-wide to diminish the likelihood of such disease outbreaks in the long term.
GUINEA: Avoiding ethnically-driven elections
6 December 2011 (IRIN ), Politics remain ethnically divisive in Guinea a year after violent clashes marred a bitterly divided Presidential election. Analysts and civil servants say more concerted reconciliation efforts between ethnic groups are needed on the part of the President to avoid another pitched battle in upcoming legislative elections.
GUINEA: Free childbirth unsustainable, say critics
11 November 2011 (IRIN ), Maternal mortality rates in Guinea have dropped significantly over the past two decades, but efforts to speed up progress on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters by 2015 through a ban on childbirth fees, including for Caesarean sections, are stalling due to poor planning and lack of resources, say critics.
WEST AFRICA: Sahel the danger zone for food insecurity
27 October 2011 (IRIN ), Erratic rains and high imported rice and wheat prices against a backdrop of chronic food insecurity and malnutrition in parts of the Sahel, will leave millions of people at risk of food insecurity, according to the latest crop assessments.
FOOD: Rumpus over GM food aid
18 October 2011 (IRIN ), Genetically modified (GM) food aid bound for Africa has long been a bone of contention among governments, scientists, activists, consumers and aid workers.

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