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UN peacekeeping dilemmas in CAR
19 September 2014 (IRIN ), The flags flew, the bands played, green African Union (AU) berets were swapped for blue UN ones, and MISCA officially became MINUSCA. As the handover was taking place MINUSCA tweeted: “The key priority of the UN in CAR is to support the political process & conclude the country's transition”, setting off alarm bells among those who thought the new force's number one priority was supposed to be protecting civilians.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100633/UN-peacekeeping-dilemmas-in-CAR
Ebola's economic impact hits Sierra Leone citizens
18 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown residents to gauge how the crisis was affecting their lives.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100629/Ebola-s-economic-impact-hits-Sierra-Leone-citizens
Cameroon border towns no safe haven for Nigerian refugees
17 September 2014 (IRIN ), Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram violence at home and seeking refuge in Cameroon border towns are still not safe.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100618/Cameroon-border-towns-no-safe-haven-for-Nigerian-refugees
Turning away the Ebola dying
17 September 2014 (IRIN ), A US announcement on 16 September to send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in Liberia was welcomed with relief by health workers, who are losing the battle to contain the disease.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100619/Turning-away-the-Ebola-dying
South African move on child trafficking
17 September 2014 (IRIN ), The announcement yesterday that parents would have another nine months to comply with new regulations for travelling into and out of South Africa with their children has been met with a collective sigh of relief.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100621/South-African-move-on-child-trafficking
Armed groups in CAR
17 September 2014 (IRIN ), This week saw the official launch of the UN Mission for the Stabilization of the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which took over the command of 6,000 troops previously deployed as the African Union’s International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (CAR).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100623/Armed-groups-in-CAR
How to boost food production in Africa
15 September 2014 (IRIN ), Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100612/How-to-boost-food-production-in-Africa
Liberian Ebola burial teams stressed, traumatized
12 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the Ebola death toll mounts in Liberia, burial teams are having to contend with physical risk and trauma as they take charge of safely burying the dead, often in the face of local anger.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100599/Liberian-Ebola-burial-teams-stressed-traumatized
Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement
10 September 2014 (IRIN ), More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100593/Flood-displaced-Zimbabweans-allege-forcible-resettlement
Women fearful in South Sudan camps
9 September 2014 (IRIN ), Julie Francis's self-imposed curfew starts when the sun sets. The widowed mother of four has been living at the UN base outside Malakal since December, one of more than 17,000 people who have fled there to escape episodic fighting in South Sudan's Upper Nile State capital. But the overcrowded camp is not without its own dangers, especially for women and girls.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100591/Women-fearful-in-South-Sudan-camps
Heavy health toll of South Africa’s coal-fired power plants
8 September 2014 (IRIN ), South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85 percent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A recent report from Greenpeace estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by air pollution emissions from the country’s 16 coal-fired power plants.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100584/Heavy-health-toll-of-South-Africa-s-coal-fired-power-plants
Northern Nigeria: ruined lives
4 September 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands have died in the violence in Nigeria’s northeast between Boko Haram insurgents and the security forces, with no end in sight to the bloodletting.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100575/Northern-Nigeria-ruined-lives
Mistrust of government spurs Ebola spread
3 September 2014 (IRIN ), Decades of corruption, deep-rooted mistrust of government and weak public services in Liberia have hastened the spread of the Ebola virus, and much more needs to be done to bridge a communication gap between government and citizens, say civil society groups and analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100568/Mistrust-of-government-spurs-Ebola-spread
Zimbabwe’s neglected elderly farmers
2 September 2014 (IRIN ), Girazi Mukumba, 64, a communal farmer in Wedza, about 160km southwest of the capital Harare, is old school when it comes to agricultural practices.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100566/Zimbabwe-s-neglected-elderly-farmers
Red Cross to Kenyatta: send troops to quell clan clashes
1 September 2014 (IRIN ), Frustrated by a resurgence of intercommunal conflict, Kenya's top humanitarian official has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to make good on a threat to deploy the army in perennially restive areas in the country's northeast.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100562/Red-Cross-to-Kenyatta-send-troops-to-quell-clan-clashes
Silver lining in Ebola gloom
27 August 2014 (IRIN ), Amid the horror of Ebola in West Africa, where more than 1,400 people have died of the disease, a few have found reason to celebrate after recovering from the virulent infection which has no known cure.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100540/Silver-lining-in-Ebola-gloom
Blood woes in Burundi
27 August 2014 (IRIN ), Budget cuts and bureaucracy have been blamed for blood shortages which have claimed several lives in Burundi and led to calls for an overhaul of the transfusion system.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100544/Blood-woes-in-Burundi
South Sudan’s child soldiers - a step backwards
25 August 2014 (IRIN ), The government of South Sudan signed an Action Plan with the UN in 2012 to end the use of child soldiers but there is evidence the ongoing conflict is eroding any gains achieved.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100534/South-Sudan-s-child-soldiers-a-step-backwards
Ebola horror hastens use of test drugs
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), Ebola’s devastation in West Africa has catapulted experimental drugs from labs to patients and shaken up vaccine development, which was hitherto patchy as outbreaks of the virus have tended to be spasmodic and geographically limited.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100522/Ebola-horror-hastens-use-of-test-drugs
South Africa opens space for traditional rulers to claim land
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), The pace of land reform in South Africa has long been criticized as too slow, but experts and black South Africans still awaiting restitution, fear that the recent reopening of the land claims process may not only delay outstanding claims further but could actually reverse the limited progress that has been made in restoring land to those dispossessed by Apartheid-era policies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100525/South-Africa-opens-space-for-traditional-rulers-to-claim-land

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