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Looming polls raise Burundi’s risk profile
17 April 2014 (IRIN ), As Burundi gears up for elections at some yet-to-be-determined date next year, several issues are setting the crisis needle twitching: politically-instigated violence; restrictions on opposition activities and the press; the erosion of a power-sharing peace deal; and the president's allegedly unconstitutional bid to run for a third term.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99951/Looming-polls-raise-Burundi-s-risk-profile
Fears in Cameroon of Boko Haram recruitment
16 April 2014 (IRIN ), Nigeria’s extremist Islamist group Boko Haram are believed to be actively recruiting fighters across the border in Cameroon’s Far North Region, according to residents and local government officials.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99949/Fears-in-Cameroon-of-Boko-Haram-recruitment
New IRIN film: The Zebu and the Zama
14 April 2014 (IRIN ), In the Zones Rouges of southern Madagascar, economic opportunities are scarce, as is any presence of the state: the police are particularly absent from most villages.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99941/New-IRIN-film-The-Zebu-and-the-Zama
Ethnic Somalis under pressure in Kenyan capital
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of ethnic Somalis have been arrested and detained in an ongoing security operation dubbed Usalama Watch mainly in Eastleigh, a suburb of Nairobi often known as “Little Mogadishu” because of its predominantly Somali population. Usalama means security in Swahili.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99927/Ethnic-Somalis-under-pressure-in-Kenyan-capital
Back to the ballot-box - Guinea-Bissau seeks stability
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), Guinea-Bissau observers doubt that the long-delayed post-coup presidential election set for 13 April will be sufficient to jolt the country back to stability. But there are hopes that the polls will restore constitutional order, revive donor support and stabilize the economy.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99929/Back-to-the-ballot-box-Guinea-Bissau-seeks-stability
Back to Rwanda
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has long been one of the most significant armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it has been based ever since its founders fled neighbouring Rwanda after playing a key role in the 1994 genocide.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99930/Back-to-Rwanda
Priced out of food in the CAR
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), The mass exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic (CAR) amid insecurity is having an adverse impact on access to basic foodstuffs, say retailers and local people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99920/Priced-out-of-food-in-the-CAR
A mother’s death costs the family dear - Kenyan study
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), While the death of a mother during childbirth has obvious emotional and personal implications, a new study in Kenya that quantifies the precise economic burden on households has found that it can be debilitating for a family and push them into poverty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99921/A-mother-s-death-costs-the-family-dear-Kenyan-study
Kariba Dam collapse fears and disaster preparedness in Zimbabwe
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Could fears of the imminent collapse of the more than five-decade-old Kariba Dam on the Zambezi river between Zimbabwe and Zambia spur Zimbabwe into more effective disaster preparedness?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99904/Kariba-Dam-collapse-fears-and-disaster-preparedness-in-Zimbabwe
Fighting an invisible enemy in DRC
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), It is difficult to identify the fighters of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), one of the many armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some of whose leaders played a key role in Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago. Bearing neither uniform nor insignia, they are indistinguishable from the civilian population.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99905/Fighting-an-invisible-enemy-in-DRC
Security downturn in Mogadishu
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Three years after Al-Shabab insurgents withdrew from the city, security in Mogadishu remains a serious problem for residents and aid workers, with threats from Al-Shabab incursions, criminals and militia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99906/Security-downturn-in-Mogadishu
Chronic malnutrition dogs Côte d’Ivoire’s north
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Forty percent of Ivoirian children in the northern region are chronically malnourished, the country’s highest rate, which has not fallen for the past six years. The effects of a drawn-out conflict, desertion by aid groups and inadequate medical staff have contributed to the situation. Food scarcity here is often due to harsh weather and high food costs.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99907/Chronic-malnutrition-dogs-Côte-d-Ivoire-s-north
Kenya’s Sharia-friendly livestock insurance
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), A mutual insurance scheme based on Islamic Sharia law has been launched to reduce the impact of extreme weather events on pastoral livelihoods in Kenya’s arid northern regions where perennial drought often decimates thousands of livestock.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99909/Kenya-s-Sharia-friendly-livestock-insurance
Getting CAR back to school
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Coloured paper chains from last Christmas still hang from the ceiling of a dusty classroom in the Groupement scolaire pour une éducation fondamentale et internationale (GSEFI), a multi-faith school in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99911/Getting-CAR-back-to-school
Questions over Karamoja food security plan
8 April 2014 (IRIN ), Aid agencies are giving out food relief in Uganda’s arid northeastern Karamoja region earlier than usual due to greater food insecurity, which locals and experts blame on the failures of a key government food security plan launched five years ago.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99903/Questions-over-Karamoja-food-security-plan
Closing Guinea’s Ebola infection gap
3 April 2014 (IRIN ), The Ebola outbreak in Guinea’s southern region which has spread to the capital, Conakry, and to neighbouring countries, has been propagated mainly through person-to-person contact, a gap that health experts and state authorities are struggling to close.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99881/Closing-Guinea-s-Ebola-infection-gap
Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda
2 April 2014 (IRIN ), Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists and NGOs warn that this could have a major impact on healthcare services, particularly for HIV/AIDS patients.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99878/Briefing-Punitive-aid-cuts-disrupt-healthcare-in-Uganda
Growing up in war - the DRC's child soldiers
31 March 2014 (IRIN ), When he was seven Dikembe Muamba* became a soldier on the orders of his uncle, a chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99869/Growing-up-in-war-the-DRC-s-child-soldiers
Malian returnees face economic hardship
28 March 2014 (IRIN ), Displaced Malians who have recently returned to their homes in the north of the country say they are facing economic difficulty as their businesses, livestock and other forms of livelihood have been wiped out, while those still displaced also say financial assistance is their main need.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99857/Malian-returnees-face-economic-hardship
Pneumonia vaccine shows promise in Kenya
28 March 2014 (IRIN ), Better uptake of the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in children under five alongside more robust health monitoring systems at community level could help stem pneumonia related-deaths in children in Kenya: 20 percent of deaths in children under five are attributable to the disease, according to the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99858/Pneumonia-vaccine-shows-promise-in-Kenya

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