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The pain of the new normal: Guinea after Ebola
13 May 2015 (IRIN ), The Ebola outbreak has ended in many parts of Guinea, but things are not as they were before. Life carries on, but the stigma and the emotional scars linger as people try to get used to the new normal:
Will NGO bill restrict aid efforts in South Sudan?
13 May 2015 (IRIN ), South Sudan's parliament has just passed a bill regulating the activities of NGOs, but humanitarian agencies fear it is more about restricting aid workers and are warning it could have "catastrophic effects" for civilians in the war-ravaged nation:
Who is Burundi’s coup-maker?
13 May 2015 (IRIN ), Major-General Godefroid Niyombare has announced the ouster of President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi over his controversial bid to run for a third term in office. Here's a look at the man behind the apparent coup.
Boko Haram attacks spark education crisis in Cameroon
12 May 2015 (IRIN ), Cross-border attacks by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon have led to the closure of more than 120 schools and halted the education of tens of thousands of children displaced by the violence.
Ebola’s silver lining: Guineans learn to have faith in hospitals
8 May 2015 (IRIN ), Seeking out medical help from a féticheur (medicine man, traditional healer, witch doctor or sorcerer depending on what service they are providing) has long been a part of Guinea’s culture and customs. But when Ebola struck, their curative powers were found to be lacking, and Guineans are learning to have more faith in their hospitals.
Bullets before the ballot – Bujumbura diary
6 May 2015 (IRIN ), At least a dozen people have been killed in recent days in Burundi amid protests against the president’s plans to run for a third term in office. The unrest has raised fears that the country, after a decade of peace, could slide back into conflict. Regular IRIN contributor Désiré Nimubona explains the challenges of reporting during such turmoil.
Schools reopen, but Ebola keeps pupils on the streets
6 May 2015 (IRIN ), Fear and poverty are keeping many children in Sierra Leone out of classrooms and on the streets hawking or labouring– another effect of the Ebola outbreak that kept schools closed for nine months.
How serious are Guinea protests?
5 May 2015 (IRIN ), There appears to be little appetite for the Guinean opposition’s promised campaign of civil disobedience. However, deep-rooted ethnic tensions, suspicions over Ebola and simmering resentment for the security forces could still see pre-election protests boil over.
Guinea Ebola diary: In the land of lost handshakes
1 May 2015 (IRIN ), IRIN’s West Africa editor Jennifer Lazuta recently spent eight days in Guinea travelling in and around the town of Gueckedou in the heart of the country’s Forest Region, where the Ebola outbreak is believed to have begun in December 2013.
Ex-rebels in CAR live in fear and rotting barracks
1 May 2015 (IRIN ), Ex-Séléka rebels in the Central African Republic are living in a terrible state in overgrown and disused army barracks in the capital Bangui. Too scared to venture out, even when they are sick, the former fighters await an uncertain fate as a special court prepares investigate widespread abuses.

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