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Games, cartoons boost youth disaster preparation
27 February 2013 (IRIN ), NGOs and UN agencies warn that natural disasters disproportionately affect youths and that more creative use of media is needed to help brace them for natural calamities.
How justice works in Pakistan’s tribal areas and beyond
20 February 2013 (IRIN ), Justice in Pakistan's tribal border areas is a contested issue. “We are quite clear what justice is. If someone kills, commits adultery or some other offence, they deserve to die,” said Javaid Khan of the Utman Khel tribe in Bajaur Agency, one of seven tribal agencies (districts) along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Rising insecurity in northern Kenya
18 February 2013 (IRIN ), Over the past two months, an estimated 1,000 families have been forced from their homes in Baringo, a district in Kenya’s northern Rift Valley, because of recurrent conflict between the local Tugen and Pokot communities.
Vaccinator killings set back Nigerian polio eradication drive
15 February 2013 (IRIN ), Unknown gunmen on mopeds shot dead 10 polio vaccinators last week in separate attacks on two polio clinics in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, capital of a polio-endemic region where concerted global efforts are being made to stamp out the virus by the end of 2013.
Beyond free school feeding in Uganda's northeast
13 February 2013 (IRIN ), With food aid programmes in Uganda's northeastern region of Karamoja once again under threat from declining financial aid, experts are calling for more sustainable solutions to the region's food security challenges.
Analysis: Girl child soldiers face new battles in civilian life
12 February 2013 (IRIN ), Girl child soldiers are often thought of only as “sex slaves”, a term that glosses over the complex roles many play within armed groups and in some national armies. This thinking contributes to their subsequent invisibility in the demobilization processes - in fact, girls are frequently the most challenging child soldiers to rehabilitate.
“Utter destitution” for north Mali displaced: ICRC
11 February 2013 (IRIN ), Some 6,500 Malians forced to flee to a remote area near the border with Algeria following the French-led military intervention against Islamist fighters are surviving under trees and in wrecked vehicles without sufficient food, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
Uganda's immunization programme needs a shot in the arm
5 February 2013 (IRIN ), Inadequate funding, a shortage of health staff and poor adherence to vaccination schedules are some of the reasons for declining immunization levels in Uganda, which experts say threatens efforts to reduce preventable deaths among children.
With increased security, healthcare improves in Somalia
5 February 2013 (IRIN ), With security improved following the retreat of Al-Shabab insurgents from urban areas of south and central Somalia, aid agencies have increased health services and expanded emergency healthcare, reaching previously inaccessible areas.
Schools reopen in Mali’s Timbuktu
4 February 2013 (IRIN ), Children returned to school in Timbuktu in northern Mali on 1 February, a week after Islamist groups fled.

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