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Uganda’s anti-gay law reinforces homophobia, xenophobia, says report
30 April 2014 (IRIN ), The needs of male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence living as refugees in Uganda, of whom there are several hundred, are poorly met, with recent legislation against homosexuality making matters worse, according to a new report.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100018/Uganda-s-anti-gay-law-reinforces-homophobia-xenophobia-says-report
New election law a step forward for Burundi
28 April 2014 (IRIN ), In a move likely to ease political tensions, parliamentarians in Burundi on 25 April adopted by consensus a new electoral code to guide the conduct of presidential, legislative and local elections due next year.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100002/New-election-law-a-step-forward-for-Burundi
Health, protection risks at overcrowded UN bases in South Sudan
28 April 2014 (IRIN ), Since fighting broke out across nearly half of South Sudan in mid-December, at least 75,000 people have fled to UN compounds, desperate for security and shelter. More than four months later, as battles between government troops and forces loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar continue, the displaced are still arriving at the UN gates.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100003/Health-protection-risks-at-overcrowded-UN-bases-in-South-Sudan
South Sudan children in the firing line
25 April 2014 (IRIN ), The conflict in South Sudan is taking a heavy toll on children who are being killed or injured in attacks and recruited into armed groups. They are also witnessing traumatic events and missing out on school. For the youngest malnutrition is an ever-present threat.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99992/South-Sudan-children-in-the-firing-line
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
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
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
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

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