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Ebola and the media – Nigeria’s good news story
30 September 2014 (IRIN ), When an Internet message announcing a salt water solution for Ebola went viral in July, many Nigerians were quick to take heed. Twenty people were hospitalized and two died, reportedly from an excessive intake of salt.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100674/Ebola-and-the-media-Nigeria-s-good-news-story
Zimbabwe's Tonga fishermen cut off from Zambezi lifeline
29 September 2014 (IRIN ), The Tonga tribe, who make up the majority of the estimated 200,000 people living in rural Binga District in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North Province, has for generations depended on fishing for food and an income. But unaffordable government levies are making their lives increasingly difficult.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100670/Zimbabwe-s-Tonga-fishermen-cut-off-from-Zambezi-lifeline
South Sudan's Bentiu camp still a draw for IDPs
24 September 2014 (IRIN ), The 47,000 people who have fled to the UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan, lack most things. In some parts of the camp, 158 people are forced to share one latrine. Women and children swelter for hours waiting for their turn at a borehole. August downpours destroyed mattresses and clothes and replacements are virtually impossible to come by.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100654/South-Sudan-s-Bentiu-camp-still-a-draw-for-IDPs
West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread
22 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centres, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100645/West-Africa-gears-up-to-contain-Ebola-spread
Briefing: Ebola lessons from Uganda
22 September 2014 (IRIN ), There have been five Ebola outbreaks in Uganda over the past 14 years; these have been quickly contained thanks to a combination of epidemiological luck and a well-coordinated response system operating at several levels of the health service.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100649/Briefing-Ebola-lessons-from-Uganda
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
Côte d'Ivoire refugees stuck in Liberia due to Ebola crisis
19 September 2014 (IRIN ), Halted for several months, the voluntary repatriation of Ivoirian refugees in Liberia was to have resumed in July. However, the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Liberia has led the Ivoirian authorities to close the country's borders to prevent the disease from spreading, suspending refugee returns until further notice.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100640/Côte-d-Ivoire-refugees-stuck-in-Liberia-due-to-Ebola-crisis
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

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