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11 Jul 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 11 July 2012 (IRIN) - When Abdo Giro*, a 55-year-old evangelist minister and political dissident from southern Ethiopia, paid smugglers 55,000 birr (US$3,095) to take him from the Kenyan border town of Moyale to Johannesburg in South Africa, he was completely unprepared for the ordeal that lay ahead.

“It was totally different from what they promised me,” he told IRIN, speaking through a translator.

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.

03 Apr 2008 description
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LIVINGSTONE, 3 April 2008 (IRIN) - South Africa cut a lone figure in Zambia's tourist capital of Livingstone as the only African country not to endorse a global ban on the use of all cluster munitions.

Africa's economic powerhouse and the continent's leading arms producer was the odd one out following a two day meeting of 39 African countries, which on 1 April, endorsed the Livingstone Declaration calling for the eradication of all cluster munitions.

Cluster munitions were first used by the former Soviet Union during the Second World War and quickly became part of …

19 May 2005 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 19 May (IRIN) - Declining food production in Southern Africa has shifted the region's focus to improving small-scale farmers' access to agricultural inputs like fertilisers.

"For each kilogramme of fertiliser applied per hectare, a minimum yield of more than 3 kg of grain can be produced.

17 Sep 1999 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 17 September (IRIN) - Xenophobia against asylum seekers and illegal immigrants alike is on the rise in some countries of Southern Africa, according to refugee agencies and rights organisations.