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Mystery over Ebola survivors’ ailments
18 December 2014 (IRIN ), For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have afflicted convalescents; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100952/Mystery-over-Ebola-survivors-ailments
Chaotic closure of a North Kivu IDP camp
18 December 2014 (IRIN ), The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100953/Chaotic-closure-of-a-North-Kivu-IDP-camp
Looming DRC offensive prompts “humanitarian fallout” fears
16 December 2014 (IRIN ), Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100947/Looming-DRC-offensive-prompts-humanitarian-fallout-fears
Boko Haram fuels displacement crisis in Niger’s Diffa Region
12 December 2014 (IRIN ), Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram militias have driven nearly 90,000 people into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year, sparking food security and protection worries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100937/Boko-Haram-fuels-displacement-crisis-in-Niger-s-Diffa-Region
South Africa's controversial new asylum form
11 December 2014 (IRIN ), Refugee advocates in South Africa have reacted with dismay and skepticism to a planned revamp of the asylum application process which the government says is designed to distinguish economic migrants from people with a bona fide case for refugee status.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100935/South-Africa-s-controversial-new-asylum-form
Massacres highlight complexity of violence in DRC’s Beni Territory
10 December 2014 (IRIN ), The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs are active in the area and the culprits of these killings have not been incontrovertibly identified.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100932/Massacres-highlight-complexity-of-violence-in-DRC-s-Beni-Territory
Sierra Leone’s worrying Ebola trend
8 December 2014 (IRIN ), In the week ending 30 November, Sierra Leone reported 537 confirmed Ebola cases, 152 more than the previous week and over four times the combined number of cases in Guinea and Liberia during the same period, according to World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest updates.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100926/Sierra-Leone-s-worrying-Ebola-trend
Male Ebola survivors asked to abstain from sex
5 December 2014 (IRIN ), Male Ebola survivors in Liberia are being warned by local health authorities to abstain from sex for at least three months after being discharged from treatment centres, over fears the virus can still be passed on, even once the person has been given a clean bill of health.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100917/Male-Ebola-survivors-asked-to-abstain-from-sex
Press 4 for fertilizer - M-farming in Ethiopia
3 December 2014 (IRIN ), A new mobile phone hotline is giving Ethiopian farmers instant access to vital information and practical advice to help improve their yields and prepare for bad weather as well as potential disease and pest outbreaks.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100911/Press-4-for-fertilizer-M-farming-in-Ethiopia
Cash transfers: Good for people, bad for the community?
2 December 2014 (IRIN ), Some 24 million people around the world now receive money instead of food or goods from humanitarian and development agencies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100907/Cash-transfers-Good-for-people-bad-for-the-community
Boko Haram hits north Cameroon schools
1 December 2014 (IRIN ), Nearly 70 schools in Cameroon’s Far North Region have been forced to close, are damaged, or operate intermittently as a result of the recurrent cross-border raids by Nigerian Boko Haram insurgents, officials say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100902/Boko-Haram-hits-north-Cameroon-schools
Locking Ebola out of Sierra Leone jails
1 December 2014 (IRIN ), It is next to impossible to avoid physical contact in an overcrowded prison. In Sierra Leone, heavily congested jails and a worsening Ebola outbreak make a potentially lethal combination. So how do you keep inmates safe?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100903/Locking-Ebola-out-of-Sierra-Leone-jails
Ebola: Where next and how bad?
1 December 2014 (IRIN ), In the past few months huge amounts of time and energy have been spent trying to second-guess the progress of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Where will the next hotspot be? Is the outbreak still exploding or is it starting to burn itself out? And how many beds will be needed next week, next month or next year?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100905/Ebola-Where-next-and-how-bad
Northeast Nigeria: "Hundreds of thousands have fled"
28 November 2014 (IRIN ), More than 400,000 people in northeastern Nigeria, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians escalate.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100890/Northeast-Nigeria-Hundreds-of-thousands-have-fled
Terrorism hits education, health in Kenya’s marginalized Mandera
28 November 2014 (IRIN ), People in northern Kenya’s marginalized Mandera County face a devastating loss of basic services as teachers, healthcare workers and other state employees face calls to leave in the wake of a terrorist attack which claimed 28 bus passengers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100891/Terrorism-hits-education-health-in-Kenya-s-marginalized-Mandera
Mauritania cracks down on land reform activists
21 November 2014 (IRIN ), The latest arrest of a group of prominent anti-slavery activists in Mauritania has once again brought to the fore the country's struggle with slavery and discrimination based on colour.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100868/Mauritania-cracks-down-on-land-reform-activists
Ebola hampers HIV/AIDS care in Liberia
21 November 2014 (IRIN ), Ebola has crippled the provision of treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia, according to health workers and patients.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100869/Ebola-hampers-HIV-AIDS-care-in-Liberia
Ebola orphans now face stigma, stress
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), West African countries generally have a strong social network that supports children during times of hardship and need. But for many of the hundreds of children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone, who sometimes witnessed their parents’ deaths, stress and trauma is compounded by social exclusion from their communities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100858/Ebola-orphans-now-face-stigma-stress
Bringing Ebola tests up to speed
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), Ebola in West Africa is believed to have erupted almost a year ago in southern Guinea, but was confirmed by the French Pasteur Institute only in March 2014, by which time it had killed 60 people and was suspected to have crossed the border into Liberia and Sierra Leone.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100861/Bringing-Ebola-tests-up-to-speed
Tough conditions for CAR displaced at airport camp
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100862/Tough-conditions-for-CAR-displaced-at-airport-camp

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