Table of contents


  1. CLIMATE CHANGE: Dealing with loss and damage
  2. KENYA: As polls loom, tensions mount in slums
  3. CLIMATE CHANGE: Agriculture takes a backseat again
  4. SOUTH SUDAN: Women and children bear brunt of Jonglei violence
  5. Kenyi Chaplain Paul – Security guard, South Sudan
  6. Jane Njeri – Displaced person, Kenya
  7. Millicent Wanyama – Breadcrumb seller, Kenya
  8. Grace Taban Genova – Home-brewer, South Sudan
  9. DRC: Surge in sexual violence in North Kivu*
  10. IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
  11. DISASTERS: Slow-onset disasters take toll


CLIMATE CHANGE: Dealing with loss and damage
DOHA، 3/12/2012 (IRIN) - In a formal letter to Qatar - host of the 18th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a coalition of 40 NGOs, backed by academics, has called for urgent action on loss and damage caused by climate change. The NGOs have drawn up a framework to help country negotiators address the contentious issue. full report
KENYA: As polls loom, tensions mount in slums
NAIROBI، 4/12/2012 (IRIN) - After Kenya went to the polls five years ago, Victor Situma and his family were among some 600,000 people who fled their homes as, in many parts of the country, a bitter dispute over who had won the presidency degenerated into widespread inter-communal violence. His house and shop were looted and vandalized. In all, more than 1,500 people were killed. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: Agriculture takes a backseat again
DOHA، 5/12/2012 (IRIN) - Discussions about much-needed support for agriculture - which is seen both as a victim and a cause of climate change - at the UN’s climate change conference in Doha have been postponed until next year. full report
SOUTH SUDAN: Women and children bear brunt of Jonglei violence
JUBA، 5/12/2012 (IRIN) - Women and children are increasingly being caught up in violent attacks related to cattle rustling and inter-communal rivalries in South Sudan’s Jonglei State, say officials. full report
Kenyi Chaplain Paul – Security guard, South Sudan
JUBA، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Kenyi Chaplain Paul, 43, works as a security guard and occasional car-washer in Juba, the capital of the world’s newest state, South Sudan. His wife, 10 children and a nephew live about 100km away, in the town of Kajo Keji, near the Ugandan border. full report
Jane Njeri – Displaced person, Kenya
NAKURU، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Jane Njeri, 36, is a single mother of four living with her family in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nakuru, a town some 100km northwest of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. full report
Millicent Wanyama – Breadcrumb seller, Kenya
NAIROBI، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - After losing her husband in 2008, the responsibility of providing for seven children fell to Millicent Wanyama, now 35. full report
Grace Taban Genova – Home-brewer, South Sudan
JUBA، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Grace Taban Genova, who thinks she is around 38, is searching for a job and land to cultivate. In the meantime, she sells home-made liquor brewed from kola-nut, sugar, yeast and water. full report
DRC: Surge in sexual violence in North Kivu*
MINOVA، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Sexual violence is on the rise as armed groups continue to move across the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu Province, officials say. full report
IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
NAIROBI، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries. full report
DISASTERS: Slow-onset disasters take toll
DHAKA/BANGKOK، 7/12/2012 (IRIN) - In southwestern Bangladesh, recent large-scale water-logging - stagnant flood water that fails to recede - threatens agriculture and public health for years to come. It is a crisis in the making, highlighting the risks slow-onset natural disasters pose to poor countries, and how ill-prepared officials are to respond - even with ample early warning. full report