Governance

Mauritania cracks down on land reform activists

NOUAKCHOTT, 21 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The latest arrest of a group of prominent anti-slavery activists in Mauritania has once again brought to the fore the country's struggle with slavery and discrimination based on colour. full report

Ebola orphans now face stigma, stress

KAILAHUN/DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - West African countries generally have a strong social network that supports children during times of hardship and need. But for many of the hundreds of children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone, who sometimes witnessed their parents’ deaths, stress and trauma is compounded by social exclusion from their communities. 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

Questions over Mali's Ebola response

BAMAKO, 18 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The failure of a top Malian hospital to detect probable cases of Ebola has raised questions about whether the country's health system is sufficiently prepared to tackle the disease. full report

Any lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan?

JUBA, 14 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005). full report

Ebola survivors work to improve response

FREETOWN/KAILAHUN/MONROVIA/DAKAR, 12 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The Ebola epidemic has killed some 5,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but it has also left many survivors who are playing a key role in the Ebola response. full report

Medevac policy gaps slow volunteer recruitment

DAKAR, 7 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 5,000 international healthcare workers and support staff are needed to contain the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, but doctors, nurses and emergency responders say the uncertainty about what might happen in the field if they get sick is slowing down recruitment. full report

An ambitious plan to end statelessness

LONDON, 7 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality. full report

No easy solution for Myanmar's Rakhine crisis

SITTWE, 4 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - As the number of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar hits record levels, the prospects for a lasting settlement of the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine State look bleak. full report

South Africa's health system shuns asylum seekers

JOHANNESBURG, 31 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - When Elise M’s* 18-year-old daughter tried to kill herself with an overdose of pills last year, the ambulance that Elise called took them to nearby South Rand Hospital, in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville. But nurses at the hospital refused to admit her. full report

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