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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
A tribute to two Ebola heroes
19 August 2014 (IRIN ), Today is World Humanitarian Day when the UN sets out to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year the UN and aid agencies are highlighting humanitarian heroes who have made huge sacrifices to help others in need.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100512/A-tribute-to-two-Ebola-heroes
Warning over rampaging youth gangs in Abidjan
18 August 2014 (IRIN ), Children and teenagers who were drawn into Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010-2011 post-election conflict are joining armed gangs in the commercial capital Abidjan after being abandoned by politicians and others who exploited them at the time, according to local officials who blame the government for not taking action.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100506/Warning-over-rampaging-youth-gangs-in-Abidjan
School tries to heal the divide in northern Nigeria
18 August 2014 (IRIN ), The kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State in April by Boko Haram militants, and a so far unsuccessful high-profile campaign to free them, exemplifies the insecurity-driven education crisis in the area.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100507/School-tries-to-heal-the-divide-in-northern-Nigeria
Paul*, gay rights campaigner in DRC: “They said I was the Antichrist”
18 August 2014 (IRIN ), Homosexuality may, unusually for an African country, be legal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the time being, but gay people there also face the ostracism, stigma and exploitation, according to Paul* 27-year-old the co-founder of a gay rights organization in the eastern South Kivu Province.
http://www.irinnews.org/HOV/100509/Paul-gay-rights-campaigner-in-DRC-They-said-I-was-the-Antichrist
Attacks curb aid work in north Cameroon
15 August 2014 (IRIN ), An escalation of attacks by Nigerian radical Islamist Boko Haram militia is restricting aid operations in the Far North Region of Cameroon where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought safety, say aid workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100493/Attacks-curb-aid-work-in-north-Cameroon
Briefing: What next for Uganda’s anti-gay law?
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), It led to increased repression, drew international condemnation and prompted foreign donors to suspend millions of dollars in aid. Then earlier this month the constitutional court threw it out. But is Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), promulgated by President Yoweri Museveni in February, truly dead and buried?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100490/Briefing-What-next-for-Uganda-s-anti-gay-law
FILM: "Hate Unleashed" - Homophobia in Cameroon
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), IRIN’s new film, "Hate Unleashed" - Homophobia in Cameroon, follows lawyer Alice Nkom as she seeks to challenge the prosecutions, and provide some care and support to those who have been incarcerated.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100491/FILM-Hate-Unleashed-Homophobia-in-Cameroon
Food security alarm for east, central Africa
13 August 2014 (IRIN ), Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100482/Food-security-alarm-for-east-central-Africa
Ebola response up but huge gaps remain
12 August 2014 (IRIN ), While Ebola treatment and containment efforts are gradually gaining pace in Sierra Leone and Liberia, there are still far too few health workers, contact tracers and community monitors on the ground to keep up with the disease's spread, particularly in urban areas, say Health Ministry staff and aid workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100480/Ebola-response-up-but-huge-gaps-remain
Briefing: Burkina Faso - heading for a showdown?
11 August 2014 (IRIN ), Burkina Faso’s next elections are not due until November 2015, but political tensions have risen in the past year owing to suspicions that President Blaise Compaoré is looking to prolong his 27-year rule by contesting the polls.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100472/Briefing-Burkina-Faso-heading-for-a-showdown
Zimbabwe's health system in crisis
11 August 2014 (IRIN ), Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people’s access to health care, economists, government officials and health experts agree.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100474/Zimbabwe-s-health-system-in-crisis
Nigeria - the community turns against Boko Haram
11 August 2014 (IRIN ), Young men with machetes manning road blocks is usually a bad sign. In Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, for years tormented by the Boko Haram insurgency, it actually signifies progress.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100475/Nigeria-the-community-turns-against-Boko-Haram
Shortage of epilepsy drugs in Zimbabwe
11 August 2014 (IRIN ), Drugs for non-communicable diseases like epilepsy are being hardest hit by funding shortfalls affecting Zimbabwe’s public health sector. While the government is struggling to meet its budget commitments, donors are more focused on communicable diseases like HIV and TB.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100476/Shortage-of-epilepsy-drugs-in-Zimbabwe
Ethiopia’s game-changing abortion law
8 August 2014 (IRIN ), After decades battling high maternal death rates - at least a third of which were due to botched abortions - Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100463/Ethiopia-s-game-changing-abortion-law

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