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18 Jan 2018 description
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2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.

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16 Jan 2018 description
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The rise in man-made, protracted emergencies means millions are at risk of starving around the globe this year

It’s a difficult new year for the humanitarian system and those reliant on it: a near-record number of people are in need and yet a yawning funding gap will limit what assistance can be provided.

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18 Aug 2017 description
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More than a million South Sudanese refugees have now crossed the border into Uganda in what is the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Analysts say the chances of forging peace are becoming slimmer and so the war and the flow of desperate people is set to continue, further straining an already struggling aid operation.

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18 Aug 2014 description
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Insécurité alimentaire en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale

NAIROBI, 18 août 2014 (IRIN) - Quelque 20 millions de personnes sont en situation d'insécurité alimentaire aiguë en Afrique de l'Est et Centrale. Selon les organisations d'aide humanitaire, la plupart se trouvent à un niveau « de crise » ou « d'urgence ». Ce chiffre est bien plus élevé qu'en juillet 2013, quand l'insécurité alimentaire touchait 15,8 millions de personnes.

13 Aug 2014 description
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NAIROBI, 13 August 2014 (IRIN) - Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.

The affected countries include Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Sudan, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania.

26 Nov 2012 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 26 novembre 2012 (IRIN) - Les crises de réfugiés semblent commencer et se terminer. En 2011, tous les yeux étaient tournés vers le complexe de réfugiés de Dadaab, dans le nord du Kenya, alors qu’il accueillait des centaines de milliers de Somaliens qui fuyaient la famine et le conflit. Cette année, c’est l’exode des réfugiés syriens qui a attiré l’attention du public, même si la majorité des Somaliens qui sont arrivés à Dadaab l’an dernier y sont toujours.

21 Nov 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 21 November 2012 (IRIN) - Refugee crises appear to come and go. In 2011, all eyes were on the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya as it received hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing famine and conflict. This year, attention has shifted to the refugee exodus from Syria, even though the majority of Somalis who arrived at Dadaab last year are still there.

17 Sep 2012 description
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NAIROBI , 16 septembre 2012 (IRIN) - Le nombre de décès d'enfants âgés de moins de cinq ans est passé d'environ 12 millions en 1990 à 6,9 millions en 2011. Le message, qui a été communiqué dans un rapport récent du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF), est que grâce à un plus grand engagement des gouvernements et de leurs partenaires pour la survie des enfants, la mortalité infantile continuera de baisser.

12 Sep 2012 description
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NAIROBI, 13 September 2012 (IRIN) - In 1990, an estimated 12 million children around the world died under age five; by 2011, that figure had dropped to 6.9 million. The message, from a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), is that with greater commitment to child survival from governments and their partners, these figures can go lower still.

08 Aug 2012 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 8 août 2012 (IRIN) - Selon l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO), les pays du Sahel de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, de la Corne de l'Afrique et de l'Afrique centrale et du Sud - dont plusieurs dépendent principalement des importations de céréales pour nourrir leur population - sont les plus exposés aux conséquences de la hausse des cours mondiaux des céréales.

06 Aug 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 6 August 2012 (IRIN) - As global grain prices begin to climb, the Sahel countries of West Africa, those in the Horn, and in central and southern Africa - many of which depend mainly on imported cereals to feed their people - are most exposed to the impact of more expensive food, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Around the world plenty of people are already living with high food prices, and more will be joining them.

13 Jun 2012 description
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RIO DE JANEIRO, 13 June 2012 (IRIN) - Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), popularly known as the Rio+20 Conference, IRIN has released a new publication "Living with Climate Change", that contains a series of articles compiled into a booklet.

The UNCSD that is taking place in Brazil in June has been organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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.

12 Apr 2012 description
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DAKAR, 12 April 2012 (IRIN) - Private donors are growing steadily more important to global aid, contributing one-quarter of the estimated US$73.9 billion spent on emergency assistance from 2006 to 2010.

14 Feb 2012 description
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MUSINA, 14 February 2012 (IRIN) - Four months ago, Clemence Uzizo, 21, a welder living in Soweto, Johannesburg's most populous suburb, made the mistake of venturing out to a local shop without his asylum-seeker permit. Neither the police who arrested him, nor the immigration officials who detained him, verified Uzizo's legal status before deporting him to Zimbabwe, the country of his birth.

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/ ]

28 Sep 2011 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 28 September 2011 (IRIN) - Abdul worked as a journalist in Somalia before death threats from Al-Shabab militia drove him to leave his native country and head for Mozambique where friends told him he would receive help at Maratane refugee camp in Nampula Province.

The boat he boarded in Mombasa had 110 other passengers - some Somalis with stories similar to his own, and others Ethiopians, either fleeing their own armed conflicts or drought or both - all crammed together in one vessel by a smuggler aiming to maximize profits.

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.

10 Aug 2010 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 10 août 2010 (IRIN) - Les cultures à croissance rapide, et plus résistantes face à des sécheresses de plus en plus fréquentes et intenses, arrivent en tête de la liste des stratégies adoptées par la plupart des pays pour adapter leur production alimentaire au changement climatique, selon un nouveau document.

Ce document de discussion, dirigé par Jonathan Makau Nzuma de l'université de Nairobi, au Kenya, et produit par l'Institut international de recherche sur les politiques alimentaires (IFPRI), s'est intéressé à l'adaptation dans le secteur agricole dans …

09 Aug 2010 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 9 August 2010 (IRIN) - Crops that mature faster and are tolerant of more frequent and intense droughts top the list of how most countries adapt their food production to climate change, says a new paper.

The discussion paper (http://www.ifpri.org/publication/strategies-adapting-climate-change-rural-sub-saharan-africa) led by Jonathan Makau Nzuma from the …