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Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice
20 October 2014 (IRIN ), Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100737/Asia-s-first-IDP-policy-from-theory-to-practice
Ebola - Can you quarantine West Africa?
20 October 2014 (IRIN ), Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100736/Ebola-Can-you-quarantine-West-Africa
Ebola hits West Africa food security
20 October 2014 (IRIN ), West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100738/Ebola-hits-West-Africa-food-security
Nepal disaster preparedness needs to go local
17 October 2014 (IRIN ), Mid-summer monsoon rains in Nepal triggered over three dozen floods and landslides,killing over 200 people and displacing tens of thousands. Experts say this highlights preparedness and response challenges and the urgent need for these to be prioritized in development plans and at local government level.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100723/Nepal-disaster-preparedness-needs-to-go-local
Tanzania’s new citizens to get land, voting rights
17 October 2014 (IRIN ), Over 162,000 former Burundian refugees, who were recently granted Tanzanian citizenship after living in the country for over four decades, will now be able to buy and own land and vote, said a senior government official.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100725/Tanzania-s-new-citizens-to-get-land-voting-rights
Liberians in US face worsening Ebola stigma
17 October 2014 (IRIN ), Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100734/Liberians-in-US-face-worsening-Ebola-stigma
Limited support for key populations undermines Ugandan HIV control
16 October 2014 (IRIN ), Uganda’s HIV/AIDS control efforts have been undermined by a lack of consensus and clarity over which people constitute Key Populations (KPs) to be targeted in various prevention, care and treatment efforts, say experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100721/Limited-support-for-key-populations-undermines-Ugandan-HIV-control
Is Freetown fighting a losing battle against Ebola?
16 October 2014 (IRIN ), On the return trip to Freetown from Kenema a couple of days later we meet Laventa Konneh in Moyambo town, the only person allowed to leave her house because the town is in lockdown and she is a contact tracer.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100722/Is-Freetown-fighting-a-losing-battle-against-Ebola
Day in the life of a Kenema Ebola treatment centre
14 October 2014 (IRIN ), We’re heading to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Ebola treatment centre 15km out of Kenema town in eastern Sierra Leone. It’s known locally as the “Ebola camp” because it’s made up of a dozen or so white tented structures set up outside. It is surrounded by lush green forest and mountains loom in the distance.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100716/Day-in-the-life-of-a-Kenema-Ebola-treatment-centre
No justice, no peace for northern Mali
13 October 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of northerners who experienced human rights abuses during the occupation of Mali’s north are struggling to find redress amidst concerns that a climate of impunity is continuing and the government’s control in many areas of the north is at best shaky. People in the north were exposed to forced disappearances, torture, summary executions and sexual abuse, with most of the offences committed after March 2012 when Islamist extremists occupied large parts of territory.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100707/No-justice-no-peace-for-northern-Mali
Uproar over Harare demolitions
13 October 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of residents in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and surrounding areas are facing eviction from their homes as local authorities embark on an operation to demolish all illegal structures.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100709/Uproar-over-Harare-demolitions
Alternatives to refugee camps: Can policy become practice?
7 October 2014 (IRIN ), For years, the images most commonly associated with refugees have been of sprawling, dusty camps populated by rows of tents sheltering thousands of men, women and children with little to occupy them besides queuing for aid handouts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100691/Alternatives-to-refugee-camps-Can-policy-become-practice
Ebola and Sierra Leone – money is the easy bit
2 October 2014 (IRIN ), In the incongruously sumptuous setting of London's historic Lancaster House, representatives of governments and humanitarian organizations listened in silence as a British nurse, Will Pooley, recently recovered from Ebola, evoked the squalor of the Ebola wards in Kenema where he had worked, and told of the painful deaths of two Sierra Leonean children he had befriended, a young brother and sister.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100682/Ebola-and-Sierra-Leone-money-is-the-easy-bit
Ebola and the media – Nigeria’s good news story
30 September 2014 (IRIN ), When an Internet message announcing a salt water solution for Ebola went viral in July, many Nigerians were quick to take heed. Twenty people were hospitalized and two died, reportedly from an excessive intake of salt.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100674/Ebola-and-the-media-Nigeria-s-good-news-story
Zimbabwe's Tonga fishermen cut off from Zambezi lifeline
29 September 2014 (IRIN ), The Tonga tribe, who make up the majority of the estimated 200,000 people living in rural Binga District in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North Province, has for generations depended on fishing for food and an income. But unaffordable government levies are making their lives increasingly difficult.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100670/Zimbabwe-s-Tonga-fishermen-cut-off-from-Zambezi-lifeline
Pakistani refugees welcome end to Afghan political deadlock
23 September 2014 (IRIN ), The deal on a unity government in Afghanistan to end the electoral deadlock was greeted with celebrations in the eastern provinces where tens of thousands of recent Pakistani refugees say they have been victims of the uncertainty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100651/Pakistani-refugees-welcome-end-to-Afghan-political-deadlock
West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread
22 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centres, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100645/West-Africa-gears-up-to-contain-Ebola-spread
Is the EU doing enough to prevent migrant deaths at sea?
19 September 2014 (IRIN ), The news that up to 850 lives were lost in the Mediterranean this past weekend as a result of five shipwrecks of boats carrying migrants has sparked a new round of calls for the European Union (EU) to take more responsibility for preventing deaths at sea.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100638/Is-the-EU-doing-enough-to-prevent-migrant-deaths-at-sea
Côte d'Ivoire refugees stuck in Liberia due to Ebola crisis
19 September 2014 (IRIN ), Halted for several months, the voluntary repatriation of Ivoirian refugees in Liberia was to have resumed in July. However, the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Liberia has led the Ivoirian authorities to close the country's borders to prevent the disease from spreading, suspending refugee returns until further notice.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100640/Côte-d-Ivoire-refugees-stuck-in-Liberia-due-to-Ebola-crisis
UN peacekeeping dilemmas in CAR
19 September 2014 (IRIN ), The flags flew, the bands played, green African Union (AU) berets were swapped for blue UN ones, and MISCA officially became MINUSCA. As the handover was taking place MINUSCA tweeted: “The key priority of the UN in CAR is to support the political process & conclude the country's transition”, setting off alarm bells among those who thought the new force's number one priority was supposed to be protecting civilians.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100633/UN-peacekeeping-dilemmas-in-CAR

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