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NIGERIA: Muslims fear HIV infection from polio vaccine
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), Efforts to inoculate children against polio have been hampered in Nigeria's Islamic state of Kano, where Muslims believe the vaccine causes HIV infection.
SOMALIA: Somalia: Separated Somali Children, Part 1 (24 February 2004).
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), Many Somali children are sent abroad, under a false identity, because of despair at home. In this first of three special programmes, IRIN Radio looks at what happens when they arrive in Europe.
ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Axworthy departs from region without meeting Isayas
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), UN Special Envoy Lloyd Axworthy expressed disappointment on Monday after failing to visit Eritrea at the start of his peacekeeping mission. He described Eritrea as the "missing voice" in his efforts to overcome the stalled three-year peace process between it and neighbouring Ethiopia.
ETHIOPIA: WFP to provide US $150 million for food aid
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) will provide US $150 million to help feed millions of Ethiopians hit by shortages, the organisation announced on Monday. In a statement, the WFP said the money would be used to purchase some 400,000 mt of food aid within Ethiopia for 2.9 million people.
Great Lakes: Gov't pledges to support regional peace efforts
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), The government of the Central African Republic has pledged support for the success of the UN Great Lakes conference on peace and security due to convene in Tanzania in November, Ibrahima Fall, the UN secretary-general's special representative for the Great Lakes Region, said on Monday.
ZIMBABWE: Voters' roll to be updated
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), The Zimbabwe government has announced it will embark on a countrywide exercise to update the voters' roll ahead of parliamentary elections, due in March 2005.
ZIMBABWE: Blood transfusion service gets cash boost
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), The British Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union have donated €1.5 million (US $1.9 million) for the acquisition of blood test kits and reagents for Zimbabwe's cash-strapped National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS).
SOMALIA: Plenary endorses agreement as talks move to final phase
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), The Somali national reconciliation conference has entered its third and final phase, during which the selection of future parliamentarians and the formation of an interim government will begin, according to a source from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), under whose auspices the talks are being held.
BURUNDI: Shelter-Afrique, state housing firm sign US $800,000 loan deal
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), The Company for Habitat and Housing in Africa, Shelter-Afrique, has signed a US $800,000 loan agreement with a Burundi state-owned firm to build 48 apartments in Kigobe, a suburb of the capital, Bujumbura.
UGANDA: Fear sends scores of IDPs fleeing from camps into Lira town
24 February 2004 (IRIN ), Scores of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in camps near Lira town, on Tuesday took flight to seek refuge in the town centre, alongside students from a nearby boarding school who also flocked in to join the thousands of other IDPs already living there, relief workers and local officials said.

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