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21 May 2015 description
report Guardian

Global weather system that plays havoc with weather across the world could exacerbate region’s dry spell and devastate Sahel as it did in 1972

A global weather phenomenon could cause a famine in the Sahel this year by combining with already dry conditions to create a “double whammy” for the region, scientists and aid groups have warned.

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20 May 2015 description
report Guardian

At a school in Yaoundé where disabled children learn side-by-side with other pupils, eliminating discrimination is seen as a human rights imperative

At dizzying speed, Julien sticks a hole-punch tool into a piece of paper, over and over. When the 12-year-old is done, the teacher gives the paper to another student and asks him to read it. Julien nods approvingly as the other boy reads aloud. It is exactly as he had written it, punching out the text in braille.

20 May 2015 description
report Guardian

Thousands of refugees who fled to Rwanda are resigned to long stay amid concerns that violence in Burundi could reignite tensions of civil war era

Evariste Hakizimana arrived at the Bugesera camp in eastern Rwanda last month, after members of the Imbonerakure, the feared youth wing of Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party, turned up at his house in the middle of the night.

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15 May 2015 description
report Guardian

Umbrella group of aid organisations voices fears over potential humanitarian repercussions of bill that would impose 20% limit on foreign staff

A new law that would force aid agencies working in South Sudan to ensure that no more than a fifth of their staff are foreigners could cost lives and have “catastrophic effects” on those most at risk in the aid-dependent and conflict-riven nation, a group of NGOs has warned.

12 May 2015 description
report Guardian

Aid kept back amid calls for transparent and peaceful elections as unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for third term forces tens of thousands to flee

Tuesday 12 May 2015 09.16 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 12 May 2015 10.45 EDT

The EU is withholding €2m ($2.3m) of aid to Burundi amid increasing concern over the government’s violent crackdown on protesters opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s attempts to secure a third term in office.