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Tobacco-curing eats up Zimbabwe's forests
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), While, smoking tobacco is extremely harmful for human beings growing it has been good for Zimbabwe's economy and its farmers. Now, however, both the government and farmers have become increasingly aware that tobacco farming also comes at a great cost to the environment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100421/Tobacco-curing-eats-up-Zimbabwe-s-forests
Briefing: South Sudan heads towards famine
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), More than a third of South Sudan’s population is at risk of severe food insecurity as a result of the ongoing conflict, and the international community, NGOs and local organizations are sounding the alarm over an impending famine.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100422/Briefing-South-Sudan-heads-towards-famine
Rising Ebola cases strain health workers
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), A shortage of trained health workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who can treat Ebola victims and prevent further spread of the deadly disease is hampering response efforts, say Health Ministry and NGO staff, who say their efforts are at “breaking point”.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100426/Rising-Ebola-cases-strain-health-workers
HIV funding worries in Kenya
30 July 2014 (IRIN ), The US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), the biggest funder of HIV programmes in Kenya, is set to significantly scale down its funding, a move activists and government officials believe could negatively affect the country’s fight against the disease.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100419/HIV-funding-worries-in-Kenya
A tentative ceasefire in CAR
29 July 2014 (IRIN ), While the ceasefire signed in Brazzaville on 23 July by the two principal armed factions in the Central African Republic (CAR), the ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka, was widely greeted as a positive step forward, analysts are sceptical it can lead to lasting peace.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100416/A-tentative-ceasefire-in-CAR
Gunned down in Mombasa – the clerics that have died
28 July 2014 (IRIN ), More than 21 Islamic clerics have been gunned down in Kenya’s southeastern port city of Mombasa over the past two years, according to the human rights group Haki Africa. All but one of them was linked by the government to terrorism and support for the al-Shabab insurgency in neighboring Somalia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100412/Gunned-down-in-Mombasa-the-clerics-that-have-died
New permits offer few gains for resettled Zimbabwean farmers
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), Newly introduced land permits for resettled smallholder farmers will bring little gain to the thousands of beneficiaries who are struggling to get loans from banks to finance their operations, say farmers’ organizations and analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100396/New-permits-offer-few-gains-for-resettled-Zimbabwean-farmers
Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), A new Ugandan sex-education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100399/Uganda-teen-pregnancies-plan-under-fire
Boko Haram steps up Cameroon raids
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram’s free-wheeling ruthlessness is increasingly troubling the remote Far North Region of Cameroon, which has seen several attacks in recent months, with foreigners also abducted for ransom.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100401/Boko-Haram-steps-up-Cameroon-raids
NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work
23 July 2014 (IRIN ), International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100391/NGOs-against-MONUSCO-drones-for-humanitarian-work
Analysis: Conflict dynamics on Kenya’s coast
23 July 2014 (IRIN ), A string of attacks by gunmen on communities in Kenya’s southeastern Coast Province over the past six weeks has left more than 100 people dead, and the real fear of yet more violence to come.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100394/Analysis-Conflict-dynamics-on-Kenya-s-coast
Rosewood plunder in Guinea-Bissau
22 July 2014 (IRIN ), During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, it is normal to see heavy trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital, waiting to offload their cargo onto ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially when demand for the country’s cashews has plummeted.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100387/Rosewood-plunder-in-Guinea-Bissau
Briefing: Targeting CAR’s predators
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups’ sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and manipulating armed groups.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100385/Briefing-Targeting-CAR-s-predators
Tackling Liberia’s high rape rate
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Rates of sexual violence in post-war Liberia are still “extremely high” according to a recently published report by UK-based think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100364/Tackling-Liberia-s-high-rape-rate
Kenya to pilot community-wide malaria treatments
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Kenya is experimenting with unconventional methods to tackle high malaria rates through the piloting of mass drug administration (MDA) - treating entire communities with anti-malarial drugs, regardless of whether they have the parasite.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100365/Kenya-to-pilot-community-wide-malaria-treatments
New TB diagnostic tool could lower costs
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Early results from a clinical trial indicate that an enzyme based TB detection method could diagnose the disease in 30 minutes and further lower the cost of diagnosis by up to 40 percent, according to authors of a new study.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100366/New-TB-diagnostic-tool-could-lower-costs
Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process
17 July 2014 (IRIN ), Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962. But the controversies and disagreements that have dogged the mechanism since it was first mooted continue to reverberate, casting doubt on its efficacy, with the key concern being whether the commission’s purview will be selective.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100361/Burundi-s-troubled-peace-and-reconciliation-process
Statelessness = invisibility in West Africa
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100348/Statelessness-invisibility-in-West-Africa
Fighting Ebola “by the grace of God”
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), Panicked and shocked Liberian health workers who have seen their colleagues die of Ebola, which has killed more than 500 people in West Africa since January, are abandoning their work stations, hoping to resume only when the disease subsides.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100350/Fighting-Ebola-by-the-grace-of-God
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

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