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Hepatitis B - a silent emergency in Senegal
8 May 2014 (IRIN ), More than two million people in Senegal, or some 15 percent of the population, including 350,000 chronic carriers, have hepatitis B as a result of untimely vaccinations, prohibitive treatment costs and lack of universal screening to curb transmissions.
Somalia at “risk of relapse”
7 May 2014 (IRIN ), Three years after a famine claimed 260,000 lives in Somalia, 2.9 million people there are still affected by a multifaceted but desperately underfunded humanitarian crisis, and communities are just “one shock away from disaster”, a host of aid agencies have warned in a joint campaign entitled “Risk of relapse.”
Thousands return to DRC amid Brazzaville crackdown on migrants
6 May 2014 (IRIN ), Some 60,000 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals have returned over the past month from neighbouring Republic of Congo (RoC) as a result of actual or threatened deportation in an operation that has cost several policemen their jobs because of brutality. On 6 May alone, some 2,600 made the journey by boat.
Work-for-peace scheme for CAR
5 May 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of youths in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, are set to be given jobs in a donor-funded public works scheme that as well as revamping basic infrastructure is designed to reduce the level of violence which in recent months has claimed hundreds of lives, prompted most of the city’s Muslim population to flee and caused looting and destruction of property on a massive scale.
Miserable conditions at camp for Zimbabwe flood victims
2 May 2014 (IRIN ), More than 3,000 families displaced by flooding in the Tokwe-Mukosi dam basin in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province are facing looming food shortages after more than three months living in crowded, unsanitary conditions at a temporary camp.
Penury amid potential in Senegal’s Casamance
2 May 2014 (IRIN ), Reduced harvests in 2013-2014 have driven up food insecurity in Senegal’s southern Casamance Region, where a protracted insurgency and underinvestment have stifled agricultural output.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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