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GUINEA: Strike threats mar groundbreaking debt deal
19 October 2012 (IRIN ), Trade union leaders in Guinea are contemplating a general strike over salary demands and other grievances, after the government proposed a raise for civil servants far lower than unions are demanding.
GUINEA: “Fear has switched sides”
1 October 2012 (IRIN ), Three years after a stadium massacre in the Guinean capital Conakry in which hundreds of people were killed, injured and raped during a military crackdown on a rally to protest against the presidential candidacy of coup leader Moussa Dadis Camara, there are indications that impunity may be coming to an end.
GUINEA: Fresh tears, steeled will
28 September 2012 (IRIN ), One after the other, women visiting their sick friend Aïssatou Baïlo Diallo, a 42-year-old teacher in Guinea’s capital Conakry, are overcome with emotion and leave her bedside crying. Diallo has been in and out of hospitals since she was raped in the 28 September 2009 stadium attack, and in recent weeks her health has deteriorated rapidly. Three years after the stadium massacre, the pain is fresh.
GUINEA-SIERRA LEONE: Cholera outbreak easing
24 September 2012 (IRIN ), The cholera outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone that has killed 392 people and infected more than 25,000 others since February is slowing down, say aid groups who also call for sustained measures to wipe out the disease.
GUINEA: Conakry residents demand cholera vaccine
13 September 2012 (IRIN ), With Guinea facing its gravest cholera outbreak since 2007, some residents of the capital Conakry are clamouring to be vaccinated.
GUINEA: The missing parliament
7 September 2012 (IRIN ), Guineans are hopeful that the 5 September resignation of the electoral commission president - one of the opposition’s principal demands - will break a political impasse and move the country to a long-overdue parliamentary election.
GUINEA: Breastfeeding versus old wives tales
3 September 2012 (IRIN ), Countless babies in Guinea are not given their first breast milk for hours - however long it takes a designated family member to bring water that is used to rinse special Koranic verses inscribed on a wooden tablet. This symbolic liquid, the first thing many babies ingest, is just one example of a custom believed to protect children but that can instead jeopardize their health.
GUINEA-SIERRA LEONE: Cholera - rising with the downpours
31 August 2012 (IRIN ), Heavy rainfall is accelerating the spread of cholera in Sierra Leone and Guinea, where existing health risks such as poor hygiene practices, unsafe water sources and improper waste management are believed to have triggered the disease which has killed 327 people and infected more than 17,400 in both countries since February.
AID POLICY: Money in a hurry
30 August 2012 (IRIN ), A new quick-disbursing humanitarian funding facility is being used for the first time to help tackle a serious cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone, where more than 220 people have died and the authorities have declared a national emergency.
GUINEA: Deadlock over parliamentary elections
29 August 2012 (IRIN ), Political battles have intensified in Guinea after the government thwarted an opposition rally to demand free parliamentary elections, raising fears that a return to stability and development after years of dictatorship and misrule could be in jeopardy.

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