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Small steps towards forest conservation in Madagascar
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), An association of tour guides and community members at the Analamazaotra Forest Station, a protected area of rainforest about 150km east of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, has embarked on an ambitious reforestation project that is educating local people about the value of preserving the forest as well as generating an income for 400 nearby households.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99983/Small-steps-towards-forest-conservation-in-Madagascar
Trauma link to malnutrition in CAR
23 April 2014 (IRIN ), Data collected at a hospital clinic for malnourished children in the Central African Republic (CAR) suggests that many of the childrens’ parents present symptoms of post-traumatic stress directly linked to their exposure to extreme violence, according to the NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99978/Trauma-link-to-malnutrition-in-CAR
Refugees, returnees from Nigeria strain Niger host population
23 April 2014 (IRIN ), There are now more returnees and refugees in Niger’s southeastern region of Diffa near the border with Nigeria than there are Malian refugees in western Niger, straining host populations who are already some of the poorest people in the world, and the local authorities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99979/Refugees-returnees-from-Nigeria-strain-Niger-host-population
Need to ramp up aid response in Nigeria's violence-torn northeast
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), Security fears, a lack of humanitarian actors on the ground and a perception that Nigeria's government can handle its crises without help, are leaving many of the thousands displaced by Boko Haram violence in the northeast short of food, with little to no access to health care or basics like clean water and blankets.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99971/Need-to-ramp-up-aid-response-in-Nigeria-s-violence-torn-northeast
Remittance rip-offs
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), All over the world migrant workers are sending money home to their families. The money pays hospital bills and school fees, buys land, builds houses and sets up small businesses. The cash goes from the US back to Mexico, from the Gulf back to India, from the UK back to Somalia, and from South Africa back to Malawi, Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99977/Remittance-rip-offs
Mourning versus survival in Swaziland
21 April 2014 (IRIN ), A traditional two-year mourning period for widows during which women are expected to be confined and not work, is meeting growing resistance in Swaziland.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99961/Mourning-versus-survival-in-Swaziland
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
Mob violence rife in DRC’s Ituri District
17 April 2014 (IRIN ), The near absence of any effective policing in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) district of Ituri, Orientale Province, is fuelling mob violence which has seen about 100 people killed and 1,500 houses torched in the past year, according to local civil society groups.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99958/Mob-violence-rife-in-DRC-s-Ituri-District
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

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