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31 Mar 2015 description
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By Louise Redvers

30 Mar 2015 description
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BEYROUTH/GENÈVE, 30 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Cette année, les fluctuations de devises pourraient coûter aux organisations humanitaires des centaines de millions de dollars de pertes de revenus, ce qui menace l’aide apportée à des millions de personnes dans le monde.

Une baisse de la valeur de l’euro par rapport au dollar et une brusque remontée du franc suisse ont entraîné un déficit de fonds pour les agences comme le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) et le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR).

30 Mar 2015 description
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BEIRUT/SANA'A, 30 March 2015 (IRIN) - At least 29 people were killed on Monday after a camp for displaced Yemenis was allegedly hit by an air strike. Here is what we do and don’t know. What happened?

In the late morning, the Mazraq camp in northern Yemeni province of Hajja – close to the border with Saudi Arabia – was bombed.

It is the latest attack since a Saudi-led coalition of eight nations began a bombing campaign last Thursday aiming to displace the Iranian-backed Houthi rebel group from power.

30 Mar 2015 description
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By John Sahr Sahid

FREETOWN, 30 March 2015 (IRIN) - More than half of US$18 million of treasury and public donation funds supposedly spent on fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, where the disease has claimed 3,764 lives, lacks complete paperwork and almost a third is officially “unaccounted for” according to an audit report.

Anti-corruption and National Ebola Response Centre officials are investigating findings by the Audit Service that around $6 million may have gone to the wages of non-existent or “ghost” workers.

27 Mar 2015 description
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BEIRUT, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - The Saudi Arabian-led assault on Yemen has disrupted life-saving aid programs across the country, international aid agencies have said.

The provision of humanitarian aid to many Yemeni regions was already difficult as the country has slid closer to civil war following the takeover of the capital Sana’a in September by northern Houthi rebels. But on Thursday morning, a Saudi-led alliance of eight countries began bombing key Houthi targets in Sana’a and other cities.

27 Mar 2015 description
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ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that comes an increased risk of major political violence.

26 Mar 2015 description
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By Almigdad Mojalli

SANA'A, 26 March 2015 (IRIN) - Saudi Arabia and its allies may be hitting neighbourhoods targets in their bombing campaign in Yemen, residents and rights groups have warned.

Dozens of Saudi jets began bombing the capital, Sana’a, early Thursday morning, with the aim of crushing the Houthi rebel movement that claimed control of the city in September.

A number of military targets were hit, but the crowded, low-income suburb of Bani Hewat near Sana’a International Airport was also badly damaged.

26 Mar 2015 description
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By Joe Dyke and Jean Milligan

BEIRUT/GENEVA, 26 March 2015 (IRIN) - Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world.

A drop in the value of the euro against the dollar and a spike in the Swiss franc have contributed to shortfalls in funding for the World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), among others.

25 Mar 2015 description
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MAGUINDANAO , 25 March 2015 (IRIN) - Humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope with a growing number of people displaced by fighting in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

25 Mar 2015 description
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EDIRNE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of asylum seekers, many of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are being denied entry to the European Union via Turkey’s border with Bulgaria. According to testimonies from asylum seekers, they are not only denied the opportunity to apply for asylum, but turned back by Bulgarian border police and, in many cases, beaten.

25 Mar 2015 description
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By Foster Dongozi

HARARE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN) - Children play on the dumpsite in the Budiriro suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, scrambling through the garbage and ignoring the clouds of flies and overpowering stench from the rotting, untreated waste.

25 Mar 2015 description
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ONAKRY/DAKAR, 25 mars 2015 (IRIN) - L’épidémie d’Ebola, déclarée pour la première fois par le ministère guinéen de la Santé dans la soirée du 22 mars 2014, continue de ravager le pays, en grande partie à cause de l’échec des campagnes d’information destinées à entraîner un changement global des comportements et des croyances.

« Certaines communautés sont encore persuadées qu’Ebola n’existe pas, qu’il s’agit d’un mythe », a dit Damien Queally, directeur régional adjoint de Plan International, qui coordonne l’action de l’organisation contre Ebola.

24 Mar 2015 description
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Nairobi, 24 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Le Liberia n'a enregistré qu'un nouveau cas d'Ebola au cours des trois dernières semaines, mais il est encore trop tôt pour savoir si le virus a presque été éradiqué – les frontières du pays sont poreuses et ses voisins n'ont pas réussi à maîtriser leurs épidémies.

24 Mar 2015 description
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By Almigdad Mojalli

24 Mar 2015 description
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By Louise Redvers

DUBAI, 24 March 2015 (IRIN) - The UN refugee agency has placed an order for 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters designed by a social enterprise arm of furniture giant IKEA, with first delivery planned within months to camps across Iraq, where some 2.5 million people have been displaced by conflict. Work on the Better Shelter units began more than five years ago and a prototype was unveiled in 2013.

24 Mar 2015 description
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ISTANBUL, 24 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Dans un café quelconque de l’un des quartiers d’Istanbul les plus délabrés, des migrants originaires d’Afrique regardent un match de football congolais sur fond de musique afro-pop poussée à plein volume.

« On se sent à l’aise ici. Tout le monde vient du Cameroun ou du Congo », explique Patrick, chef d’une organisation informelle de la communauté camerounaise, à IRIN. « Mais en dehors de ce restaurant, la vie est très dure pour nous. »

23 Mar 2015 description
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LONDRES, 23 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Les nouveaux cas d’Ebola reculent progressivement au Libéria et en Sierra Leone, et les chercheurs scientifiques jouent la course contre la montre pour en apprendre le plus possible sur ce qui est d’ordinaire une maladie rare. Le docteur Jimmy Whitworth est l’un d’entre eux.

23 Mar 2015 description
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By Natalia Ojewska

WROCLAW, 23 March 2015 (IRIN) - During nearly a year of conflict between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine, neighbouring Poland has received less than 3,000 of the 674,000 Ukrainians that have fled the country.

23 Mar 2015 description
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By Zakaria Camara and Jennifer Lazuta

CONAKRY/DAKAR, 23 March 2015 (IRIN) - The Ebola outbreak, which was first declared by Guinea’s Ministry of Health on the evening of 22 March 2014, continues to ravage the country, in large part because information campaigns have failed to bring about comprehensive changes in behavior and beliefs. “Some communities are still convinced that there is no Ebola, that Ebola is a myth,” said Damien Queally, the deputy regional director of Plan International, who is coordinating the organization’s Ebola response activities.

20 Mar 2015 description
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NAIROBI, 20 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Des organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) de développement ont critiqué le nouveau plan mondial de préparation aux futures catastrophes naturelles et climatiques issu de la conférence de Sendaï, au Japon, qui s’est terminée ce 18 mars. Elles lui reprochent de manquer d’ambition et de pénaliser les pays les plus pauvres qui sont les plus exposés.