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02 Feb 2015 description
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NAIROBI, 2 February 2015 (IRIN) - Expectations were low after more than a year of catastrophic conflict in South Sudan and many failed peace deals, but even so, some analysts and activists say they are disappointed at how little this weekend’s talks achieved.

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LONDON, 2 February 2015 (IRIN) - Conditions for Palestinian refugees in a camp near Damascus have worsened significantly in recent weeks, with fresh restrictions on relief supplies compounding shortages of food, clean water and decent healthcare, according to residents.

“Two months ago, UNRWA used to send food boxes to Yarmouk,” said Abdullah, one of 18,000 people living in the Yarmouk camp, referring to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. “Now there is nothing, we have no food… and it is forbidden for nurses or doctors to enter.”

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NAIROBI, 2 février 2015 (IRIN) - Si elle fait le bonheur des touristes, la « culture africaine » s'avère catastrophique lorsqu'il s'agit de contenir Ebola -c'est tout du moins ce que certains spécialistes internationaux de la santé et le traitement médiatique de l'épidémie veulent nous faire croire.

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LONDRES, 2 février 2015 (IRIN) - Conflit après conflit, les violences sexuelles persistent ; ce ne sont pas seulement des crimes individuels, mais une arme de guerre, dans les Balkans comme au Congo, au Libéria et en Sierra Leone comme aujourd'hui en Irak. Elles persistent parce que c'est efficace, affirme Madeleine Rees, secrétaire générale de la Ligue internationale de femmes pour la paix et la liberté.

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By Danya Chudacoff and Louise Redvers

GAZIANTEP/DUBAI, 2 February 2015 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization has announced that Syria has seen no new cases of polio in the past year, but some health experts question the quality of the surveillance that led to this conclusion. Just 10 months ago, a UN official labeled the outbreak in Syria, and its subsequent spread to Iraq, as “the most challenging… in the history of polio eradication”.

30 Jan 2015 description
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NAIROBI, 30 January 2015 (IRIN) - A senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court this week to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Although the LRA has not been active in northern Uganda for a decade, the effects of their 20-year war with the government linger on.

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By Elizabeth Blunt

LONDON, 30 January 2015 (IRIN) - Through conflict after conflict, sexual violence persists, not just as individual crimes but as a weapon of war, from the Balkans to the Congo, from Liberia and Sierra Leone to present day Iraq. It persists, says Madeleine Rees, the secretary general of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, because it’s effective.

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MAROUA, 30 janvier 2015 (IRIN) - Plus d’un demi-million de personnes dans la région de l’Extrême-Nord au Cameroun ont un besoin urgent d’aide alimentaire, a déclaré le gouvernement. En effet, à cause des attaques du groupe extrémiste Boko Haram, les agriculteurs ont déserté leurs champs, les marchés locaux ont fermés et la circulation des personnes et des biens a cessé.

L’insécurité alimentaire, notamment le long de la frontière, empire à cause de l’arrivée régulière de réfugiés nigérians qui dépendent souvent des communautés hôtes pour se nourrir.

29 Jan 2015 description
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By Obinna Anyadike, Editor-at-Large

NAIROBI, 29 January 2015 (IRIN) - “African culture” – cute if you’re a tourist, catastrophic when you want to put a lid on Ebola, or so some international health experts and media coverage of the outbreak would have us believe.

Why do people persist with risky funeral rites, eat Ebola-harbouring bush meat, and occasionally attack the very health workers sent to help, the news reports leave us wondering. What is the value of “traditional beliefs” when they are harmful: why can’t people just act more rationally?

29 Jan 2015 description
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By Mary Fitzgerald

29 Jan 2015 description
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NAIROBI, 29 janvier 2015 (IRIN) - Les organisations d'aide humanitaire ont dépensé des centaines de millions de dollars dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) au cours des 20 dernières années. Voyant le faible impact de ces investissements à long terme ou les sombres perspectives quant au rétablissement de la stabilité, toutefois, certains appellent aujourd'hui à revoir la fourniture de l'aide dans cette région qui est depuis longtemps en proie à des troubles.

28 Jan 2015 description
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Maroua, 28 January 2015 (IRIN) - More than half a million people in Cameroon’s Far North region are in need of urgent food aid, the government says, as attacks by militant group Boko Haram have forced farmers to abandon their fields, shut down local markets, and halted the movement of people and goods.

Food security, particularly along the border, is getting worse due to the regular arrival of Nigerian refugees, who often rely on host communities for food.

28 Jan 2015 description
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LONDRES, 28 janvier 2015 (IRIN) - Lorsque la fièvre Ebola s'est déclarée en Afrique de l'Ouest l'année dernière, il n'y avait ni vaccin, ni remède contre la maladie. Les personnes affectées par le virus auraient pu en déduire que le monde ne s'intéressait pas à elles ou aux maladies qui les touchaient, mais la vérité est qu'il n'y avait pas d'incitation au développement des traitements.

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MANNAR, 28 January 2015 (IRIN) - Less than three weeks since Sri Lanka voted in a new president, rights activists and other NGOs say there are already encouraging signs that they may have more freedom to work under the new administration, including in the former conflict zone in the north.

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BIN JAWAD, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - Six weeks ago, Bin Jawad was a sleepy coastal town, home to a community of oil workers, shepherds and fishermen.

Today there is no fishing. The town's entire population - over 11,000 according to a 2006 census - has left. Houses stand deserted and the streets of this ghost town are littered with the spent shells of anti-aircraft guns. The residents have sought refuge in remote desert encampments or cramped village accommodation nearby.

27 Jan 2015 description
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LONDON, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - When Ebola hit West Africa last year, it was a disease with no sign of a vaccine or cure. To those affected that may have been an indication that the wider world didn't care about them or the diseases that affected them, but in truth there has simply been no incentive for anyone to develop these therapies. Yet now pharmaceutical companies are racing to produce an effective vaccine, and on 23 January the British company GlaxoSmithKline shipped the first 300 doses of its candidate to Liberia to start phase II trials.

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NAIROBI, 27 janvier 2015 (IRIN) - Alors que le taux d'infection au virus Ebola diminue en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra Leone, une planification a été établie pour reconstruire les systèmes de santé publique et tirer les leçons de l'épidémie.

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NAIROBI, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two decades. But seeing little long-term impact or prospect of stability, some are now calling for an overhaul of the way aid is delivered in the long-troubled region.

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NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - Almost 10 years after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him, a senior member of the Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group appeared before the tribunal’s judges in The Hague today.

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Nairobi, 26 janvier 2015 (IRIN) - Au cours des prochains jours, une unité spécialisée de la Mission militaire des Nations Unies en République démocratique du Congo doit lancer des opérations contre les Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) en collaboration avec l’armée congolaise. Les FDLR sont un groupe rebelle qui sème le chaos depuis 20 ans dans l’est du pays.

Plus tôt ce mois-ci, le Conseil de sécurité a autorisé l’opération, qui sera menée par la Brigade d’intervention de la Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en RDC (MONUSCO).