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06 Nov 2014 description
report AlertNet

Author: Kieran Guilbert

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When mobile phone users receive a text message, they might expect a suggestion of a drink after work, a reminder to do the shopping, or an apology from a friend running late.

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02 Dec 2011 description
report AlertNet

By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Ivory Coast’s former President Laurent Gbagbo has been transferred to the International Criminal Court where he is expected to answer charges on crimes against humanity committed during post-election conflict.

About 3,000 people were killed and about a million displaced in a four-month civil war after Gbagbo refused to cede power to Alassane Ouattara after losing the election last year.

Here is an update on the humanitarian situation one year on from the presidential poll.

26 Jun 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Emma Batha

African countries are set to adopt a ground-breaking convention providing rights to millions of people forced to flee their homes because of conflict.

Africa has some 12 million internally displaced people (IDPs) who have been uprooted within their own country. Unlike refugees - people who have fled to another country - IDPs benefit from little or no protection.

The convention, the brainchild of the African Union, will for the first time provide them with similar rights to refugees, according to a draft seen by AlertNet.