Education

Boko Haram hits north Cameroon schools

YAOUNDE, 1 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nearly 70 schools in Cameroon’s Far North Region have been forced to close, are damaged, or operate intermittently as a result of the recurrent cross-border raids by Nigerian Boko Haram insurgents, officials say. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

School lessons by radio in Sierra Leone, Liberia

MONROVIA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 14 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - With the nationwide closure of schools in Liberia and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola outbreak, and with no immediate prospect of them reopening, a growing number of students are receiving their lessons via radio. full report

Aid agencies adapt to Ebola challenge

DAKAR/FREETOWN, 4 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - From using Bitcoins to fundraise, to adopting new strategies to prevent malaria victims appearing to be Ebola cases, to working with new partners - aid agencies in West Africa are learning to adapt fast. full report

Overcoming Ebola stigma takes time

FREETOWN/MONROVIA/DAKAR, 31 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Ebola survivors in Liberia and Sierra Leone are facing mixed reactions as they return home after contracting the deadly virus. While some have been welcomed back into their communities, most are facing discrimination and stigmatization, or have even been shunned. full report

From wife-beaters to peace-preachers: tackling domestic abuse in Zimbabwe’s hinterland

MARONDERA, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Jairos Maruwe used to beat up his wife so badly he once knocked her unconscious and broke her arm. It landed him in jail at least once, but it was the way he was raised. full report

Is Freetown fighting a losing battle against Ebola?

FREETOWN, 16 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Myanmar’s embattled Palaung minority call for aid partners

NAMKHAM TOWNSHIP, 8 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Protracted fighting in northern Myanmar is displacing entire villages, including those of ethnic Palaung, who say they need more help to build up local civil society groups to allow aid to flow more effectively to their people full report

Cameroon border towns no safe haven for Nigerian refugees

MAROUA (CAMEROON), 17 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram violence at home and seeking refuge in Cameroon border towns are still not safe. full report

Back to school in Gaza amid fear, hope

GAZA, 13 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian pupils in Gaza are heading back to school on 14 September keen to start a delayed new academic year, and all too aware of the impact of the recent conflict. full report

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