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A deadly Ramadan in Somalia
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), Militant group Al-Shabab has lived up to its promise to step up attacks in Somalia, mainly against government installations and personnel, during the holy month of Ramadan, which began on 29 June. Over 30 people have been killed in Mogadishu alone.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100353/A-deadly-Ramadan-in-Somalia
Hundreds of foreigners holed up in South Sudan camps
14 July 2014 (IRIN ), Among the 100,000 civilians holed up in UN bases in South Sudan since fighting broke out in mid-December 2013 between supporters and opponents of President Salva Kiir are several hundred citizens from Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100343/Hundreds-of-foreigners-holed-up-in-South-Sudan-camps
New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa
7 July 2014 (IRIN ), The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100314/New-thinking-needed-on-food-aid-for-refugees-in-Africa
Kenyan police operation strands 300 children
20 June 2014 (IRIN ), As Kenya continues to round up and detain refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in a controversial anti-terrorism operation, fears are mounting over the fate of around 300 children separated from parents arrested during the sweeps. Some of these children are reported to be held in a Nairobi stadium used as a temporary detention facility, without a parent or guardian.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100246/Kenyan-police-operation-strands-300-children
Soldiers in schools - the impact of military occupations on education
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), Schools are targeted in conflicts around the world - they might represent ideas viewed as controversial, the destruction of a civilian building that is important to a community inflicts terror, and a school reduced to rubble can rob an entire generation of education. But attacks are only part of the problem, as significant harm can also be done when educational buildings remain intact and armed forces move in.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100202/Soldiers-in-schools-the-impact-of-military-occupations-on-education
No easy way forward for Al-Shabab defectors
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), Anwar Ahmed*, 50, an Al-Shabab defector, was drawn to Somalia's Salafist armed group both by the promise of a wage and a belief in the Islamic ways of “rights and justice for all”.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100197/No-easy-way-forward-for-Al-Shabab-defectors
Clans clash in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle
11 June 2014 (IRIN ), Inter-clan clashes over the last week in Somalia’s southern Lower Shabelle region have killed approximately 30 and have forced over 250 to take refuge in African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) bases, according to the organization.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100196/Clans-clash-in-Somalia-s-Lower-Shabelle
Kenya turns up the heat on Somali refugees
4 June 2014 (IRIN ), As security forces in Kenya continue to round up and detain thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, most of them Somali, an agreement between the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Kenyan and Somali governments on the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees is coming under strain.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100166/Kenya-turns-up-the-heat-on-Somali-refugees
Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness
28 May 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100142/Genome-breakthrough-could-help-fight-against-sleeping-sickness
Shortages, clan rivalries weaken Somalia's new army
28 May 2014 (IRIN ), Acting governor of Baidoa and Sector 3 commander of the Somali National Army (SNA) Brig-Gen Ibrahim Yaro breaks into a broad grin, bordering on a chuckle, when asked whether his forces have any of their own helicopters.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100141/Shortages-clan-rivalries-weaken-Somalia-s-new-army

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