Mystery over Ebola survivors’ ailments

Some Ebola survivors are suffering an array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause. full report

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Chaotic closure of a North Kivu IDP camp

KINSHASA, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned. full report

Looming DRC offensive prompts “humanitarian fallout” fears

KAMPALA, 16 December 2014 (IRIN) - Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015. full report

Boko Haram fuels displacement crisis in Niger’s Diffa Region

DAKAR, 12 December 2014 (IRIN) - Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram militias have driven nearly 90,000 people into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year, sparking food security and protection worries. full report

South Africa's controversial new asylum form

JOHANNESBURG, 11 December 2014 (IRIN) - Refugee advocates in South Africa have reacted with dismay and skepticism to a planned revamp of the asylum application process which the government says is designed to distinguish economic migrants from people with a bona fide case for refugee status. full report

Massacres highlight complexity of violence in DRC’s Beni Territory

KINSHASA, 10 December 2014 (IRIN) - The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs are active in the area and the culprits of these killings have not been incontrovertibly identified. full report

Sierra Leone’s worrying Ebola trend

FREETOWN, 8 December 2014 (IRIN) - In the week ending 30 November, Sierra Leone reported 537 confirmed Ebola cases, 152 more than the previous week and over four times the combined number of cases in Guinea and Liberia during the same period, according to World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest updates. full report

Male Ebola survivors asked to abstain from sex

MONROVIA/DAKAR, 5 December 2014 (IRIN) - Male Ebola survivors in Liberia are being warned by local health authorities to abstain from sex for at least three months after being discharged from treatment centres, over fears the virus can still be passed on, even once the person has been given a clean bill of health. full report

Press 4 for fertilizer - M-farming in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, 3 December 2014 (IRIN) - A new mobile phone hotline is giving Ethiopian farmers instant access to vital information and practical advice to help improve their yields and prepare for bad weather as well as potential disease and pest outbreaks. full report

Cash transfers: Good for people, bad for the community?

DAKAR, 2 December 2014 (IRIN) - Some 24 million people around the world now receive money instead of food or goods from humanitarian and development agencies. full report

Ebola: Where next and how bad?

LONDON, 1 December 2014 (IRIN) - In the past few months huge amounts of time and energy have been spent trying to second-guess the progress of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Where will the next hotspot be? Is the outbreak still exploding or is it starting to burn itself out? And how many beds will be needed next week, next month or next year? full report