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Countering the radicalization of Kenya's youth
6 May 2013 (IRIN ), Unemployment, poverty and political marginalization are contributing to the Islamic radicalization of Kenya's youth, a situation experts say must be addressed through economic empowerment and inclusive policies.
Arab cities aim to build resilience to natural disasters
29 April 2013 (IRIN ), Prevention may be better than a cure, but for the authorities in Arab cities and towns, natural disasters up to now have been largely about coping with them after they have taken place.
Building health systems from scratch in Somalia
26 April 2013 (IRIN ), Lul Mohamed, director of the paediatric ward at Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, treated five children after two bomb attacks killed 30 people on 14 April. "And they were shooting last night. One died, a bullet in his liver," she said of an eight-year-old boy.
Uganda pilots mobile courts for refugees
23 April 2013 (IRIN ), Uganda's government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched a pilot mobile court system to improve access to justice for victims of crimes in Nakivale, the country's oldest and largest refugee settlement.
Briefing: Somalia, federalism and Jubaland
16 April 2013 (IRIN ), Moves to bring three regions in the deep south of Somalia together into the state of Jubaland have turned into a tussle with the central government, with regional powerhouses Kenya and Ethiopia playing important roles.
In East Africa, heavy rains test emergency preparedness
11 April 2013 (IRIN ), Unusually heavy rains have caused havoc across much of east Africa, displacing thousands of people and damaging important infrastructure.
Somali music festival takes aim at Al-Shabab
10 April 2013 (IRIN ), Organizers of the Mogadishu Music Festival, a string of events held last week in the Somali capital, hoped to inaugurate a new era of openness and development in the war-scarred country, and to lure impressionable youths away from radicalism.
Will Somalia get enough rain this year?
28 March 2013 (IRIN ), Parts of southern Somalia are yet to recover from the battering they took in 2010-2011, when severe drought followed excessive rain, and now the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) says insufficient rain may fall in the coming months. "We are concerned - our forecast shows that there is 80 percent probability that rains could trend from normal to below normal across Somalia," said Gideon Galu, a regional FEWS NET scientist based in Africa.
Briefing: In Somalia, relative peace belies rocky road ahead
26 March 2013 (IRIN ), Since the August 2011 withdrawal of Al-Shabab insurgents from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, security has improved, allowing for the gradual resumption of government functions. But sporadic suicide attacks, conflict-related population displacement and socio-economic problems persist, exemplifying some of the daunting challenges still ahead.
New plan to ensure universal healthcare in Somalia
22 March 2013 (IRIN ), Every Somali citizen will have access to basic healthcare by 2016 if a new, government-led strategic plan achieves its aims.

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