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06 Jun 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 6 June 2012 (IRIN) - As the number of African children adopted by people outside the continent reaches record levels, experts, activists, government officials and academics have called for the practice to be stemmed, warning that adoption was too often motivated by financial gain rather than the best interests of the children involved.

11 Dec 2011 description
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Dear friends and colleagues,

IRIN is ending the year on a high.
Our climate change expert, Jaspreet Kindra, was invited to chair two separate panel discussions at COP 17 in Durban, and our PlusNews staffer, Keisha Rukikaire-Kagwa, was part of a satellite discussion on HIV in emergencies at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa – great recognition of the quality of their work.

18 Nov 2011 description
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LONDON, 18 November 2011 (IRIN) - It will take two centuries for sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, according to NGO WaterAid, which calls on national leaders to commit 3.5 percent of their annual budget to the sector. [http://www.wateraid.org/ ]

29 Dec 2010 description
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NAIROBI, 29 December 2010 (IRIN) - Here is a selection of our best stories of the past year from central and eastern Africa, chosen to reflect the diversity of humanitarian issues affecting the vast region. They range from coverage of historical landmarks with global repercussions, such as Southern Sudan's imminent referendum, to a project that makes a big difference to just a few people in a Kenyan slum.

22 Jun 2010 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 22 juin 2010 (IRIN) - Selon un article de l'Institut international de recherche sur les politiques alimentaires (IFPRI), un groupe de réflexion basé aux états-Unis, « L'Afrique doit aujourd'hui faire face au problème du déficit en nourriture à long terme qu'a rencontré l'Inde au début des années 1960 ».

=C0 cette époque, l'Inde a effet été confrontée à une grave crise alimentaire.

D'après un article consacré aux tendances dans le domaine des dépenses publiques consacrées à l'agriculture en Afrique, les pays africains n'allouent pas …

25 May 2010 description
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DAKAR, 25 mai 2010 (IRIN) - Le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) et le Comité International de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) protègent les civils depuis des décennies.

26 Oct 2009 description
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KAMPALA, 26 October 2009 (IRIN) - Seventeen countries signed the African Union convention on internally displaced persons (IDPs) after years of preparation culminated in a week of meetings in the Ugandan capital but a lot more hard work remains before it becomes effective, according to observers.

"The most important step now is implementation," Julia Dolly Joiner, AU commissioner for political affairs, said.

15 Oct 2009 description
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NAIROBI, 15 October 2009 (IRIN) - Forty years after African leaders adopted the 1969 Refugee Convention under the auspices of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union, the continent's leaders are due to endorse a convention on internally displaced people.

The African Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa is the main agenda for the heads of state summit on refugees, returnees and IDPs in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, from 19-23 October.

"It will be the first legally binding international instrument on IDPs with a …

16 Apr 2007 description
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OUAGADOUGOU, 16 avril 2007 (IRIN) - Alors que l'épidémie de méningite continue de faire des morts au Burkina Faso, la famille d'Adèle Kaboré est encore confrontée aux séquelles de la maladie qu'elle a contractée il y a cinq ans.

« Elle semble normale, mais tous ceux qui vivent avec elle savent qu'il y a parfois quelque chose qui ne va pas », a expliqué son père Alexis Kabore. « Elle est nerveuse et a des réactions imprévisibles et violentes ».

Agée aujourd'hui de 18 ans, Adèle était autrefois une bonne élève destinée à un brillant avenir.

13 Apr 2007 description
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OUAGADOUGOU, 13 April 2007 (IRIN) - As Burkina Faso's death toll continues to climb from a meningitis epidemic, the family of Adele Kabore is still dealing with the fallout from her bout with the disease five years ago.

"She looks okay but for those who live with her there is something abnormal at times," her father, Alexis Kabore, says. "She is nervous and reacts unexpectedly and violently sometimes."

Adele, now 18, was once a bright secondary school student with a hopeful future. But after she was struck with meningitis all that changed.

04 Apr 2003 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 4 April (IRIN) - The EU pledged 12 million Euros (US $12.9 million) on Thursday to back peace initiatives by the newly formed African Union (AU). The money will be used to boost attempts at conflict resolution in Africa.

02 Nov 2001 description
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NAIROBI, 2 November (IRIN) - The World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly lending its weight to the global fight against poverty. Centre stage is its plan to expand its support for school-feeding projects in the developing world, making the provision of a daily meal an integral part of a new campaign aimed at increasing school enrolment and ensuring that the world's undernourished children are educated.

11 Aug 2000 description
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UNITED NATIONS
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Tel: +225 22-40-4440
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11 Aug 2000 description
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NATIONS UNIES
Bureau de coordination des affaires humanitaires
IRIN pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest
Tel: +225 22-40-4440
Fax: +225 22-41-9339

11 Aug 2000 description
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UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network for West Africa
Tel: +225 22-40-4440
Fax: +225 22-41-9339

04 Feb 2000 description
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UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 20 21 73 54
Fax: +225 20 21 63 35

29 Oct 1999 description
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UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network for West Africa
Tel: +225 21 73 54
Fax: +225 21 63 35

13 Aug 1999 description
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N A T I O N S U N I E S
Bureau de coordination des affaires humanitaires
I R I N pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest
Tel: + 225 21-73-54
Fax: + 225 21-63-35

13 Aug 1999 description
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UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network for West Africa

Tel: +225 21 73 54
Fax: +225 21 63 35