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27 Aug 2015 description
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DAKAR, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - For the first time in more than a year, no one in either Sierra Leone or Liberia is being treated for Ebola, raising hopes that after more than 11,000 deaths and 28,000 infections throughout West Africa, the epidemic could finally be winding down.

But 18 months after the World Health Organization (WHO) formally announced the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in March 2014, the last thing the region needs is another false dawn. Three months ago, Liberia was declared free of the virus only for new cases to emerge.

27 Aug 2015 description
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By Tom Westcott

UBARI, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - Civilians in the oasis town of Ubari in southern Libya are trapped in a conflict that has cut them off from the outside world. Supplies and aid are almost non-existent, the hospital barely functions and the wounded often die of their injuries before they can get the assistance they need.

27 Aug 2015 description
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BELGRADE, 27 août 2015 (IRIN) - La biométrie, pour ceux qui n’ont pas passé les dix dernières années à jurer devant le système de contrôle automatisé des passeports à l’aéroport d’Heathrow, est l’utilisation des caractéristiques biologiques des personnes pour leur identification. La plus connue est l’empreinte digitale, mais le balayage informatisé des yeux et du visage est utilisé dans un nombre croissant de contextes.

26 Aug 2015 description
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LONDRES, 26 août 2015 (IRIN) - IRIN a appris la démission de la femme qui dirige la plus ambitieuse tentative de réforme de l’aide d’urgence entreprise par les Nations Unies depuis des décennies.

Le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies (OCHA) a confirmé que Jemilah Mahmood, médecin et fondatrice de MERCY Malaisie, quittera ses fonctions de responsable du secrétariat du Sommet humanitaire mondial (SHM) pour saisir une « fantastique opportunité ».

26 Aug 2015 description
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NAIROBI, 26 August 2015 (IRIN) - After months of foot-dragging and under the threat of United Nations sanctions, South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday finally signed a power-sharing agreement aimed at ending the country’s civil war.

Rebel leader and former Vice President Riek Machar had already signed the agreement, which could stop 20 months of fighting, allow more than two million displaced people to return home, alleviate a humanitarian crisis and ease tension between rival ethnic groups.

26 Aug 2015 description
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Yaoundé, 26 août 2015 (IRIN) - Christian*, 11 ans, et Pauline*, 13 ans, fixent d’un regard vide les cartes de santé qu’ils tiennent dans leurs mains au centre médical de la Croix-Rouge de la capitale camerounaise.

En juin 2013, les deux enfants ont fui le conflit qui frappait la République centrafricaine (RCA) et se sont installés à Yaoundé en tant que réfugiés. Depuis leur arrivée, ils ont subi des agressions sexuelles et des viols. Et ils se battent pour assurer leur propre survie dans une grande ville étrangère.

26 Aug 2015 description
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ISTANBUL, 26 août 2015 (IRIN) - Le terme « famine » est l’un des plus forts du vocabulaire humanitaire, doté du pouvoir de faire apparaître des images insoutenables de souffrance humaine, de désespoir et d’échec mondial. En théorie, ça devrait être l’équivalent humanitaire d’une alarme incendie – à n’utiliser qu’en cas d’extrême urgence.

La semaine dernière, la directrice du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) a brisé la glace en alertant que le Yémen risquait de connaître la famine si la tendance actuelle se confirmait.

26 Aug 2015 description
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By Kristy Siegfried

LONDON, 26 August 2015 (IRIN) - The woman leading the UN’s largest attempt in decades to reform emergency aid is resigning, IRIN has learned.

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed that Jemilah Mahmood, a doctor and founder of MERCY Malaysia, will be stepping down as chief of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Secretariat to take up “a new and exciting opportunity”.

The secretariat told IRIN that Mahmood is taking up a “senior role with a leading humanitarian organisation” from January 2016 onward.

26 Aug 2015 description
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BELGRADE, 26 August 2015 (IRIN) - Biometrics, for those of you who haven't spent the last 10 years swearing at the automated passport gates at Heathrow, is the use of human measurements for identification. The most familiar biometrics are fingerprints, but the computer-powered scanning of eyes and faces is being implemented in a growing range of contexts.

25 Aug 2015 description
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ABIDJAN, 25 August 2015 (IRIN) - Twelve-year-old Arouna* stands shirtless in a cocoa field in southwestern Côte d’Ivoire holding a hoe, his ribs clearly visible under his dark skin.

“I have to get up very early each day to be the first in the field with my younger brother, aged 10, to start clearing [the land],” he told IRIN. “I’m so tired.”

25 Aug 2015 description
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Röszke , 25 August 2015 (IRIN) - As Hungary rushes to complete the first phase of a controversial fence along its Serbian border, migrants – mainly refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – have been desperately trying to reach the country, which marks the beginning of the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone.

25 Aug 2015 description
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By Joe Dyke

ISTANBUL, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Famine is among the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, with the power to conjure up unbearable images of human suffering, desperation and global failure. In theory, it should be the humanitarian equivalent of the fire alarm – to be used only in absolute emergencies.

Last week, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) smashed the glass – warning that Yemen was facing a famine if current trends continue.

25 Aug 2015 description
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By Chloe Cornish

24 Aug 2015 description
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By Sylvestre Tetchiada

YAOUNDE, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Eleven-year-old Christian* and 13-year-old Pauline* stare down blankly at the health cards grasped tightly in their hands at the Red Cross medical centre in Cameroon’s capital.

Both fled conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) in June 2013 and resettled as refugees in Yaoundé. Both have since been the victims of sexual assault and rape. Both are struggling to survive on their own in a large, foreign city.

24 Aug 2015 description
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BAMAKO, 24 août 2015 (IRIN) - La ratification d’un accord de paix historique entre le gouvernement malien et la rébellion à dominante touareg a suscité l’espoir qu’un terme soit enfin mis à des années de troubles. Mais plus de huit semaines plus tard, force est de constater que peu de choses ont été faites pour mettre fin au conflit, et le militantisme regagne du terrain.

24 Aug 2015 description
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DELHI, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, it flattened villages and killed more than 9,000 people. It should also have sent countries across the region scrambling to improve preparedness systems; yet experts say too little is being done to get ready for the next big quake.

24 Aug 2015 description
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By Sylvestre Tetchiada

YAOUNDE, 21 August 2015 (IRIN) - In a move some say violates international law and that Nigeria’s government called “inhumane,” Cameroon has forcibly sent home as many as 15,000 Nigerians who entered its territory fleeing attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

The Nigerians, who had not formerly applied for asylum in Cameroon, had been living within host communities or had taken up temporary shelter in fields along the border region, in the hope of returning when the violence subsided.

21 Aug 2015 description
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BELGRADE, 21 août 2015 (IRIN) - J’avais d’abord l’intention d’écrire cette chronique sous la forme d’une liste à la Buzzfeed : « Dix faits que vous ignoriez sur la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire ». Malheureusement, je n’ai pas réussi à trouver dix faits ou, du moins, dix faits dignes d’intérêt. Je pensais écrire, par exemple : la résolution A/63/L.49, adoptée le 11 décembre 2008 par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, est à l’origine de la création de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire.

21 Aug 2015 description
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BELGRADE, 21 August 2015 (IRIN) - Across the road from Belgrade’s main train and bus stations is a small park that until recently was known mainly for its sex workers. Now, hundreds of migrants and refugees camp out in the park every day, waiting for buses or taxis to take them north to Serbia’s border with Hungary.

21 Aug 2015 description
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By Juliette Rousselot

SINDHUPALCHOK DISTRICT, Nepal, 21 August 2015 (IRIN) - Schoolchildren are easily distracted at the best of times, but imagine trying to keep their attention when helicopters are flying overhead every five minutes delivering relief supplies. The fact their classrooms have no walls doesn’t help either. This is the situation in Nepal’s remote Kiul area, where the devastation caused by the April and May earthquakes has made life very difficult for teachers.