Governance

Ebola and the media – Nigeria’s good news story

LAGOS, 30 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Zimbabwe's Tonga fishermen cut off from Zambezi lifeline

BINGA, 29 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Pakistani refugees welcome end to Afghan political deadlock

KHOST (AFGHANISTAN)/BANNU (PAKISTAN), 23 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - 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. full report

West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread

DAKAR/OUGADOUGOU, 22 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

UN peacekeeping dilemmas in CAR

LONDON, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

Intimidation, uncertainty mar aid work in Myanmar's Rakhine State

SITTWE, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar's Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people. full report

Is the EU doing enough to prevent migrant deaths at sea?

JOHANNESBURG, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - 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. full report

Côte d'Ivoire refugees stuck in Liberia due to Ebola crisis

ABIDJAN, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - 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. full report

FILM: Ultimate Betrayal – Cambodia’s orphanage scandal

NAIROBI, 18 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - IRIN is proud to announce the launch of Ultimate Betrayal, a film by award-winning film maker Nicky Lankester. full report

Ebola's economic impact hits Sierra Leone citizens

FREETOWN, 18 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown residents to gauge how the crisis was affecting their lives. full report

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