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Senegal on the frontline of the battle with Big Tobacco
19 November 2013 (IRIN ), Djité Sekou, 32, smokes as he passes his nights guarding one of the many high-rise apartment buildings in Dakar, Senegal. It has been eight years since his first cigarette - a Monte Carlo from Morocco - and when money is available he goes through 20 to 30 per day. It is an addiction that can cost him up to a quarter of his monthly income.
What does the future hold for pastoralists in the Sahel?
1 November 2013 (IRIN ), Harsher droughts and rising numbers of conflicts with farmers are threatening the future of pastoralism in the Sahel, but experts say that integrating crop and livestock systems can help sustain the livelihoods of herders and farmers.
SLIDESHOW: Guinea's youth vote for jobs
26 September 2013 (IRIN ), The Manhattan City Bar sits at the edge of a scrap heap in the Kaloum neighbourhood of Conakry, the capital of Guinea. Malian guitar music and French rap are blasted from the speakers as customers drink cheap whiskey from plastic cups. At 3:00 in the afternoon, the bar is busy, full of its chief clientele - unemployed youth.
Analysis: Untangling China's aid to Africa
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), This year, the two most powerful men on the globe, presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, both embarked on Africa tours, pledging to increase aid and investment and work with the continent to improve development.
Analysis: Behind China’s aid structure
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), China’s role as an aid donor has been met with wariness, both from aid experts and recipients. Confusion over the nature of China’s aid arises because the country uses multiple ministries and agencies to give money, has different strategic priorities than traditional Western donors, and does not release detailed reports about how much aid it provides.
Guinea's police to go from "enemy" to partner
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), After a group of youths pillaged a restaurant in Guinea's capital, Conakry, in mid-August - raping three women, according to the owner - workers there decided not to pursue the case with local authorities for fear of reprisals.
West Africa flood round-up
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), Floods have killed 84 people, displaced 40,445 and affected 323,396 in West Africa this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), while 34,000 hectares of agricultural land has been damaged. Guinea, Sierra Leone, western Mali and parts of southern Senegal have been the most affected.
Analysis: Defusing Guinea’s youth unemployment time bomb
13 September 2013 (IRIN ), As Guinea has moved from crisis to crisis, with development perpetually stalled, its youth have been side-lined, lacking the means to make a decent living or to take the mineral-rich country forward.
Gaps in Guinea’s penal system rob children of their rights
9 September 2013 (IRIN ), In a police station at Port de Boulbinet, in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, a teenager brushes his hand across the foot of a friend - a sign of asking forgiveness.
Guinea poised to complete transition to civilian rule
5 September 2013 (IRIN ), Guinea’s parliamentary election, to be held later this month, will establish a legislative assembly after almost five years without one, and formally complete a transition to civilian rule. But the long-overdue poll is fraught with political and ethnic tensions that analysts say hinder reforms and progress.

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