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NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work
23 July 2014 (IRIN ), International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100391/NGOs-against-MONUSCO-drones-for-humanitarian-work
Analysis: Conflict dynamics on Kenya’s coast
23 July 2014 (IRIN ), A string of attacks by gunmen on communities in Kenya’s southeastern Coast Province over the past six weeks has left more than 100 people dead, and the real fear of yet more violence to come.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100394/Analysis-Conflict-dynamics-on-Kenya-s-coast
Rosewood plunder in Guinea-Bissau
22 July 2014 (IRIN ), During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, it is normal to see heavy trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital, waiting to offload their cargo onto ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially when demand for the country’s cashews has plummeted.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100387/Rosewood-plunder-in-Guinea-Bissau
Briefing: Targeting CAR’s predators
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups’ sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and manipulating armed groups.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100385/Briefing-Targeting-CAR-s-predators
Tackling Liberia’s high rape rate
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Rates of sexual violence in post-war Liberia are still “extremely high” according to a recently published report by UK-based think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100364/Tackling-Liberia-s-high-rape-rate
Kenya to pilot community-wide malaria treatments
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Kenya is experimenting with unconventional methods to tackle high malaria rates through the piloting of mass drug administration (MDA) - treating entire communities with anti-malarial drugs, regardless of whether they have the parasite.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100365/Kenya-to-pilot-community-wide-malaria-treatments
New TB diagnostic tool could lower costs
18 July 2014 (IRIN ), Early results from a clinical trial indicate that an enzyme based TB detection method could diagnose the disease in 30 minutes and further lower the cost of diagnosis by up to 40 percent, according to authors of a new study.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100366/New-TB-diagnostic-tool-could-lower-costs
Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process
17 July 2014 (IRIN ), Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962. But the controversies and disagreements that have dogged the mechanism since it was first mooted continue to reverberate, casting doubt on its efficacy, with the key concern being whether the commission’s purview will be selective.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100361/Burundi-s-troubled-peace-and-reconciliation-process
Statelessness = invisibility in West Africa
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100348/Statelessness-invisibility-in-West-Africa
Fighting Ebola “by the grace of God”
15 July 2014 (IRIN ), Panicked and shocked Liberian health workers who have seen their colleagues die of Ebola, which has killed more than 500 people in West Africa since January, are abandoning their work stations, hoping to resume only when the disease subsides.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100350/Fighting-Ebola-by-the-grace-of-God

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