FREETOWN, 19 December 2014 (IRIN) - Sierra Leone is scrambling to recruit more health personnel and deploy more equipment to curb the rampant spread of Ebola in Western Area region which currently accounts for half the infections in the country.
BANDA ACEH, 22 December 2014 (IRIN) - A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated Aceh, the isolated tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island on the morning of 24 December 2004, IRIN looks at the unprecedented aid response, its impact on the industry, and how local people continue to be affected.
Kinshasa, 21 décembre 2014 (IRIN) -
Les autorités de la province du Nord-Kivu, dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), espèrent bientôt fermer la soixantaine de camps hébergeant quelque 210 000 personnes déplacées à l’intérieur de leur propre pays (PDIP). Selon les responsables, la paix est revenue.
KAMPALA, 18 décembre 2014 (IRIN) - Alors que les forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et les soldats de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies planifient de s'attaquer à l'une des plus anciennes insurrections du pays, la question des civils suscite l'inquiétude et l'on s'interroge sur la sagesse d'une telle opération, prévue pour début 2015.
KINSHASA, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned. Whether the timing is right is debatable.
DAKAR, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have afflicted convalescents; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause.
BANGKOK, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - This week's passing into law of Australia’s Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledging that might be an important avenue for Southeast Asian regional policy development.
KAMPALA, 16 December 2014 (IRIN) - Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015.
Only a couple of hundred members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have so far complied with an ultimatum to disarm by 2 January and take part in a demobilization and reintegration programme.
COLOMBO, 16 December 2014 (IRIN) - As Sri Lanka gears up for a presidential election five years after the end a long separatist rebellion, the country, especially the war-scarred North, faces a raft of unresolved chronic problems. Analysts regard many of them as long-term drivers of conflict.
By Louise Redvers
DUBAI, 16 December 2014 (IRIN) - The World Food Programme’s (WFP) celebrity-endorsed #ADollarALifeline campaign thrust the plight of Syrian refugees back into the global spotlight and netted more than the asked-for US$64 million in just a matter of days.
DAKAR, 15 décembre 2014 (IRIN) - Cette année, les milices islamistes nigérianes de Boko Haram ont poussé près de 90 000 personnes à fuir vers la région pauvre de Diffa, au Niger voisin, suscitant des problèmes d’insécurité alimentaire et de protection.
KABUL, 15 December 2014 (IRIN) - When Shaharzad completed her law degree and announced she wanted to get a job, her younger brother did what he could to stop it. Coming from the culturally conservative Badakhshan region, the siblings had left their parents behind to move to the capital Kabul and her brother was technically the head of the household. Even still, she was determined to stand on her own feet.
KINSHASA, 14 décembre 2014 (IRIN) - Les meurtres de plus de 250 hommes, femmes et enfants qui ont eu lieu ces dernières semaines sur le territoire de Beni, dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), sont généralement attribués à une insurrection d’origine ougandaise connue sous le nom d’Alliance des forces démocratiques-Armée nationale de libération de l’Ouganda (ADF-NALU).
DAKAR, 12 December 2014 (IRIN) -
Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram militias have driven nearly 90,000 people into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year, sparking food security and protection worries.
JOHANNESBURG, 11 December 2014 (IRIN) - Refugee advocates in South Africa have reacted with dismay and scepticism to a planned revamp of the asylum application process which the government says is designed to distinguish economic migrants from people with a bona fide case for refugee status.
By Habibou Bangré
KINSHASA, 10 December 2014 (IRIN) - The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs are active in the area and the culprits of these killings have not been incontrovertibly identified. [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportID=99538 ]
TRIPOLI, 10 December 2014 (IRIN) -
“I am tired. I want to go back to my homeland in Tawergha [town in northern Libya]. Everything is bad: my room is full of water when it is raining and I don't have money… I just want to go home,” Hamama Said told IRIN.
The grandmother, who is aged somewhere between 60 and 65 - she is not quite sure - has lived in a displacement camp near Tripoli Airport for three years.
FREETOWN, 8 December 2014 (IRIN) - In the week ending 30 November, Sierra Leone reported 537 confirmed Ebola cases, 152 more than the previous week and over four times the combined number of cases in Guinea and Liberia during the same period, according to World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest updates.
MANILA, 8 December 2014 (IRIN) - On the second full day of operations responding to what entered the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit - since downgraded to a tropical storm - national officials say disaster coordination has improved since last year's Super Typhoon Haiyan. [ http://www.humanitarianresponse.info/programme-cycle/space/document/typhoon-haiyanyolanda-final-periodic-montoring-report-pmr-22oct2014 ]