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Cattle-rustling and the politics of business in Kenya
27 March 2014 (IRIN ), Cattle raiding in Kenya is often viewed in the legitimizing context of tradition, climate change and resource conflict, but increasingly it has much more to do with organized crime meeting a rising demand for meat, and political violence resulting from a new devolutionary constitution.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99846/Cattle-rustling-and-the-politics-of-business-in-Kenya
“Get a grip,” UN chief tells CAR leaders
27 March 2014 (IRIN ), Amid an upsurge in attacks on African Union (AU) peacekeepers, the UN special representative in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called on the population and leaders to “get a grip” and not allow blind hatred to destroy the country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99850/Get-a-grip-UN-chief-tells-CAR-leaders
Curbing West Africa’s Ebola outbreak
26 March 2014 (IRIN ), As health authorities and aid groups work to contain the spread of Ebola in Guinea which has killed 59 people and infected scores of others since January, suspected cases have emerged in neighbouring Liberia, prompting calls for a regional response.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99840/Curbing-West-Africa-s-Ebola-outbreak
Regional insecurity fuels polio in Cameroon
26 March 2014 (IRIN ), Three new polio cases have been confirmed in Cameroon over the past two weeks, making it the country’s first outbreak since 2011 and causing alarm among health officials who link the virus’s spread to weak vaccine campaign coverage and displacement following violence in neighbouring northeastern Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99841/Regional-insecurity-fuels-polio-in-Cameroon
Zimbabwe's demining neglected
25 March 2014 (IRIN ), In Zimbabwe's sparsely populated northeastern district of Mukumbura, the cattle are trained to move in single file in search of water and pastures, a measure to protect them from anti-personnel landmines.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99835/Zimbabwe-s-demining-neglected
Ethiopia struggling to cope with South Sudanese refugee influx
25 March 2014 (IRIN ), With around 1,000 South Sudanese refugees streaming into the Gambela Region of western Ethiopia every week, relief workers and agencies warn of an imminent humanitarian crisis as camps reach capacity and assistance is increasingly stretched.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99839/Ethiopia-struggling-to-cope-with-South-Sudanese-refugee-influx
Staunching Burkina’s abortions
24 March 2014 (IRIN ), One-third of all pregnancies in Burkina Faso are unintended and a third of them end in abortion, according to a study published this month by the University of Ouagadougou and the reproductive health think tank Guttmacher Institute, which also found that more than 100,000 abortions were carried out in the country in 2012, most of them performed in unsafe conditions or by untrained health workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99827/Staunching-Burkina-s-abortions
Tug of war over Muslim community in western CAR
24 March 2014 (IRIN ), Anti-balaka militia fighters at the diamond mining town of Boda in the Central African Republic (CAR) have rejected a government-sponsored attempt to allow a Muslim community of about 12,000 people to stay there.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99831/Tug-of-war-over-Muslim-community-in-western-CAR
Scant progress on Senegal’s talibé problem
21 March 2014 (IRIN ), Despite pledges by the Senegalese government to end child begging and to crack down on the Koranic schools that exploit the tens of thousands of boys, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on 19 March that very little has been done.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99809/Scant-progress-on-Senegal-s-talibé-problem
Fresh waves of Zimbabwean migrants flee worsening economy
21 March 2014 (IRIN ), A deepening economic crisis in Zimbabwe is worsening already high levels of unemployment and driving a fresh wave of labour migrations into neighbouring countries, say economists.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99816/Fresh-waves-of-Zimbabwean-migrants-flee-worsening-economy

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