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Hundreds of migrant children behind bars in Indonesia
17 April 2014 (IRIN ), Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him through several countries in the hope of reaching Australia was safer than keeping him with her and his sisters in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99952/Hundreds-of-migrant-children-behind-bars-in-Indonesia
Ghulam Rahimi: "I'm waiting for resettlement, but it's a very long wait"
17 April 2014 (IRIN ), Ghulam Rahimi*, 17, is an Afghan refugee from Iran. He was one of 25 unaccompanied minors detained in one room at the immigration detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. He told IRIN his story.
http://www.irinnews.org/HOV/99953/Ghulam-Rahimi-I-m-waiting-for-resettlement-but-it-s-a-very-long-wait
A mother’s death costs the family dear - Kenyan study
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), While the death of a mother during childbirth has obvious emotional and personal implications, a new study in Kenya that quantifies the precise economic burden on households has found that it can be debilitating for a family and push them into poverty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99921/A-mother-s-death-costs-the-family-dear-Kenyan-study
Vaccines alone cannot beat polio in Iraq*
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), A countrywide vaccination campaign is under way in Iraq following the country’s first confirmed case of polio in 14 years, but public health experts warn it will take more than immunization to beat the virus.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99922/Vaccines-alone-cannot-beat-polio-in-Iraq
Chronic malnutrition dogs Côte d’Ivoire’s north
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Forty percent of Ivoirian children in the northern region are chronically malnourished, the country’s highest rate, which has not fallen for the past six years. The effects of a drawn-out conflict, desertion by aid groups and inadequate medical staff have contributed to the situation. Food scarcity here is often due to harsh weather and high food costs.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99907/Chronic-malnutrition-dogs-Côte-d-Ivoire-s-north
Getting CAR back to school
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Coloured paper chains from last Christmas still hang from the ceiling of a dusty classroom in the Groupement scolaire pour une éducation fondamentale et internationale (GSEFI), a multi-faith school in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99911/Getting-CAR-back-to-school
Myanmar peace and development scorecard
8 April 2014 (IRIN ), Three years after Myanmar’s first nominally civilian government in decades came to power, many of the country’s 135 minority ethnic groups say they have yet to see any tangible change on the ground.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99899/Myanmar-peace-and-development-scorecard
Growing up in war - the DRC's child soldiers
31 March 2014 (IRIN ), When he was seven Dikembe Muamba* became a soldier on the orders of his uncle, a chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99869/Growing-up-in-war-the-DRC-s-child-soldiers
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
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
Displacement, violence likely cause of Iraq’s first polio case in 14 years
24 March 2014 (IRIN ), Health officials in Iraq are stepping up polio immunization and surveillance following the first confirmed case of the virus in the country in 14 years.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99834/Displacement-violence-likely-cause-of-Iraq-s-first-polio-case-in-14-years
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
Mental health response gaps in South Sudan
17 March 2014 (IRIN ), Aid workers warn that while psychosocial support needs will mount for the tens of thousands of displaced people in South Sudan, the resources and skills needed to treat them are in short supply, and there is particular concern for men.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99796/Mental-health-response-gaps-in-South-Sudan
Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due to access hurdles and political sensitivities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99783/Humanitarian-response-gap-grows-in-northern-Nigeria
Niger’s black market pesticides backfire
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Farmers in Niger are using dangerous, black market pesticides in unregulated quantities, with little impact on agricultural yield but with potentially severe health consequences, say experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99777/Niger-s-black-market-pesticides-backfire
CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon
12 March 2014 (IRIN ), Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99770/CAR-refugees-overwhelm-Cameroon
Gains and losses as Burkina Faso fights child hunger
11 March 2014 (IRIN ), The fight against child malnutrition in Burkina Faso is gaining ground but chronic malnutrition remains above emergency threshold levels, particularly in rural areas, a situation that will be resolved only if the government and its partners step up prevention efforts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99767/Gains-and-losses-as-Burkina-Faso-fights-child-hunger
Cross border movements threaten Afghan polio eradication efforts
6 March 2014 (IRIN ), While Afghanistan is seeing fewer polio cases than Pakistan, the country faces an uphill struggle because of large unvaccinated populations just over the border in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99751/Cross-border-movements-threaten-Afghan-polio-eradication-efforts
Niger's "remarkable" progress in reducing child deaths
27 February 2014 (IRIN ), Niger has made remarkable progress in cutting under-five mortality over the past decade, and it looks set to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. But high maternal mortality, skyrocketing population growth and low government capacity are still impeding progress, say partners and health practitioners.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99710/Niger-s-remarkable-progress-in-reducing-child-deaths

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