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23 Nov 2014 description
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DAKAR, 23 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - L’épidémie d’Ebola qui sévit en Afrique de l’Ouest serait apparue dans le sud de la Guinée il y a près d’un an, mais il a fallu attendre mars 2014 pour qu’elle soit confirmée par l’Institut Pasteur. Le bilan était alors de 60 victimes, et le virus était suspecté d’avoir outrepassé les frontières du Liberia et d’avoir gagné la Sierra Leone.

21 Nov 2014 description
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DUBAÏ/BANGKOK, 21 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - Plus de 20 ans après la première édition de l'événement, la deuxième Conférence internationale sur la nutrition (CIN2) a lieu cette semaine à Rome.

21 Nov 2014 description
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MONROVIA/DAKAR, 21 November 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola has crippled the provision of treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia, according to health workers and patients.

"We cannot get treatment normally now because of the outbreak of the Ebola disease in Liberia," said 36-year-old Jeff Thompson, from Monrovia's Jallah Town, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2011. "Our care centres are closed and all the health workers are scared to come to work."

There are an estimated 30,000 people living with HIV in Liberia, according to UNAIDS.

21 Nov 2014 description
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NOUAKCHOTT, 21 November 2014 (IRIN) - 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.

The Global Slavery Index classifies Mauritania as the most egregious offender when it comes to modern slavery, with 155,600 people still living in enslavement or about 4 percent of the population.

20 Nov 2014 description
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  • IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN
  • Jynwel Foundation invests $25 million to create global non-profit media venture

(GENEVA, November 20, 2014) -- 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.

20 Nov 2014 description
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  • Le service d’actualité humanitaire IRIN s’apprête à prendre son indépendance des Nations Unies
  • La Jynwel Foundation investit 25 millions de dollars dans la creation d’un project media mondial sans but lucrative

(GENÈVE, 20 Novembre 2014) -- Après près de 20 ans dans le giron des Nations Unies, le service de nouvelles humanitaires IRIN suit son propre chemin sous forme d’un projet média sans but lucratif avec le soutien d’un grand donateur privé.

20 Nov 2014 description
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BANGUI, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions.

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KIIR ADEM, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Longstanding humanitarian needs in South Sudan's Aweil North County, where some 30,000 people are displaced, are largely unmet.

"Today, we don't receive any help, because the buffer zone makes it very difficult for aid organizations to operate here," Luka Akon Deng Lual, a community leader, told IRIN.

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SANAA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Yemen's security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia.

On 21 September, Houthi rebels - a Zaydi Shiite Muslim group based in the north of the country - seized control of the capital Sana'a after a battle with the army and Sunni Islamists.

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DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola in West Africa is believed to have erupted almost a year ago in southern Guinea, but was confirmed by the French Pasteur Institute only in March 2014, by which time it had killed 60 people and was suspected to have crossed the border into Liberia and Sierra Leone.

While it now takes just a few hours to diagnose Ebola, the rate and scale of the outbreak (in which more than 14,000 cases have been reported so far in West Africa, Europe and the US) still outpace the hours-long tests, necessitating even quicker diagnoses.

20 Nov 2014 description
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BAMAKO, 20 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - L'incapacité d'un grand hôpital malien à détecter des cas d'Ebola a soulevé des questions quant à la préparation du système de santé du pays pour enrayer la maladie.

« Nous avons plusieurs cas confirmés », a dit à IRIN Samba Sow, directeur du Centre national d'appui à la lutte contre la maladie (CNAM). « Notre objectif est d'empêcher le virus de se propager ». Mais le gouvernement n'a publié un plan d'urgence contre Ebola que le 30 octobre, soit une semaine après le premier cas.

20 Nov 2014 description
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KABUL, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Slowly but surely, NGOs and UN bodies are admitting it publicly - they are dealing with the Taliban again. While such deals have been developing in private for several years, NGOs have been hesitant to discuss their relations with the Afghan Islamist group because of political pressure and counter terrorism legislation.

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KAILAHUN/DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Of the hundreds of children in Sierra Leone who have lost parents to Ebola, the vast majority have lost both their mother and their father.

Among them is eight-year-old Lamin Borbor, who sits alone beneath the shade of a large, tin-roofed gazebo, playing with a small toy car, outside the Ebola Interim Care Centre (ICC) in a quiet neighbourhood of eastern Sierra Leone's Kailahun town.

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YANGON, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - As Myanmar’s nationwide ceasefire negotiations continue, peace in many formerly war-torn regions has allowed state-run lifesaving services to gradually expand. But their provision is intensely politicized, and carefully crafted access strategies are vital, experts warn.

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DUBAI, 18 November 2014 (IRIN) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of "terrorist organizations" together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State.

18 Nov 2014 description
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BANGKOK, 18 novembre 2014 (IRIN) -

Avez-vous entendu parler de Bitcoin, cette devise numérique cryptée dont la valeur a subi d'importantes fluctuations ces dernières années ? Elle n'existe pas physiquement, aucune autorité ne la supervise, et sa gestion requiert un accès Internet. Rien, a priori, la destinant à un succès humanitaire. Et pourtant, de l'avis des experts, Bitcoin pourrait bien avoir des enseignements à offrir pour ce qui est de la fourniture de l'aide dans des contextes où les institutions sont fragilisées (ou détruites).

18 Nov 2014 description
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BAMAKO, 18 November 2014 (IRIN) - 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.

"We have several confirmed cases," Samba Sow, head of the Mali's National Centre for Disease Control (CNAM), told IRIN. "Our goal is to prevent the virus from spreading." But the government only released an Ebola emergency plan on 30 October, a week after the first Ebola case.

17 Nov 2014 description
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MÉDENINE, 17 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - Les autorités gouvernementales et les organisations humanitaires en Tunisie annoncent qu'elles se préparent à recevoir une nouvelle vague de réfugiés venus de Libye, malgré une opinion publique de plus en plus hostile à cet afflux avant les élections présidentielles.

17 Nov 2014 description
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LONDRES, 17 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - La législation antiterroriste américaine adoptée depuis les attentats du World Trade Centre est un terrain miné pour les organisations humanitaires et les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG). En effet, l'application de ces lois varie considérablement d'un pays à l'autre, et cible toute une variété de groupes politiques et d'individus différents.

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DUBAI/BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN) - More than 20 years on from the first ever International Conference on Nutrition, its successor (ICN2) is due to take place in Rome this week.