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16 Nov 2017 description
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A reporter’s diary from boomtown Marib

MARIB, 15 November 2017

Annie Slemrod
Middle East Editor

In a city positioning itself as a bastion of stability and safety in the midst of war, Yemen’s humanitarian crisis (which the UN calls the largest in the world) is still palpable. You just have to peer through the cracks to see it.

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30 Oct 2017 description
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The camps of ramshackle mud-brick shelters line the banks of the River Ubangi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Inside, refugees from Central African Republic are suffering: from heat, from hunger, from disease.

At a registration centre in Lembo, a small village in Congo’s Nord-Ubangi province, Esther Youkov’s son was the latest victim. Just one and a half years old, he fell sick with malaria last week. First came the vomiting, then the diarrhoea, then the fever.

27 Oct 2017 description
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Ihsanullah, 17 months, suffers from a virulent, drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, which has alarmed his father and challenged the doctors.

"There are injections and so many pills,” said his father, Bismillah. “The baby sees everyday the doctors with a white coat coming to inject him, so he is afraid."

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24 Oct 2017 description
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By Stefanie Glinski (Journalist based in South Sudan)

Noor Mohammed groans in pain as doctors push a needle into his withered vein.

He lies exhausted on a metal bed that has a cut-out hole in the middle of it and a plastic bucket underneath. His frail body is weakened by severe, constant diarrhoea.

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17 Oct 2017 description
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Politicians, aid officials, and health experts are once again mulling a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen, but negotiations appear to be stuck on whether there’ll be enough doses available to render it effective.

Yemen is currently in the midst of a cholera outbreak that, by the World Health Organisation’s latest count, has killed 2,167 people since the end of April and is suspected to have infected 841,906.

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25 Sep 2017 description
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Samuel Oakford

Intense frustration is building across the aid community that despite its best efforts it has been unable to dent the catastrophic levels of suffering in South Sudan, worsened by war and a political class that doesn’t seem to care.

"Every year we gather and we hold this meeting on South Sudan,” International Organization for Migration chief William Swing said at UN headquarters last week. “The conclusion is always the same: It cannot get any worse. And each year we come back – in fact it has gotten worse.”

19 Sep 2017 description
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By Laignee Barron

Myanmar plans to open new displacement camps for Rohingya in violence-ridden Rakhine State, sparking fears that members of the Muslim minority not already driven out of the country will instead be forcibly interned.

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02 Aug 2017 description
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Ahmed Hussein’s perfectly white teeth seem too big for his mouth; his upper arms look like they belong to a little boy, not a 23-year-old man.

Propped up on an iron bed, Hussein laughs and says he always was slim. But he is clearly malnourished. Hussein arrived at Mogadishu’s Bandir Hospital a day earlier with his mother and two sisters, all suffering from acute watery diarrhoea: a tell-tale sign of cholera. A nurse at the hospital told IRIN she believed the whole family got sick from the same water source.

14 Jul 2017 description
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It’s often said that prevention is better than cure. But when it comes to the devastation wreaked upon civilians by armed groups, can cure serve as a form of prevention?

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12 Jul 2017 description
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A plan to deliver a million doses of the oral cholera vaccine in Yemen to help combat the worst outbreak of cholera in the world has been scrapped.

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15 Jun 2017 description
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Diego Cupolo

Italy’s migrant reception system is buckling under the pressure of record arrivals and ill-thought-out reforms that are leaving asylum seekers with no access to state healthcare and choking those trying to help with red tape, an IRIN investigation reveals.

12 Jun 2017 description
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Cissokho Lassana

KAYMOUR/SENEGAL, 5 juin 2017

En Inde, ses feuilles séchées sont utilisées comme soin capillaire ; en Afrique de l’Est, la plante fait office de fourrage ; les Mauritaniens en fument les graines ; et dans les campagnes sénégalaises, où elle est connue sous le nom de leydour, elle est cultivée pour ses vertus médicinales et compense les pertes agricoles dues au changement climatique.

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18 May 2017 description
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SANA'A, 17 May 2017

Shuaib Almosawa

Annie Slemrod, Middle East Editor

Hilal al-Asri brought his wife to a hospital in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, nearly two weeks ago, expecting her cholera would be cleared up quickly and they’d be on their way.

12 May 2017 description
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GENEVA, 12 May 2017

Every week, IRIN’s team of editors looks ahead at what’s on our humanitarian radar and curates a selection of the best reports, opinion, and journalism you may have missed:

Libya migrant crimes under the ICC spotlight

02 Mar 2017 description
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In the middle of a vast expanse of grey scrubland a rapidly growing population of more than 120 families huddle under parched trees. Escaping the latest wave of conflict on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, they walked two days to get to this camp southwest of Taiz city.

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01 Mar 2017 description
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It has been almost two years since Yemen’s third-largest city had running water or electricity. Worn down by relentless shelling and street-to-street fighting, Taiz is heading into its third year of conflict. But while the seemingly unending hostilities drag on, civilians, every day, face an ever more deadly fight: a battle against starvation.

20 Feb 2017 description
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Bird flu is back. Chinese authorities are closing live poultry markets as H7N9 courses through the country, infecting 192 and killing 79 in January alone.

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05 Feb 2017 description
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Tom Westcott
Freelance journalist based in Libya, and regular IRIN contributor

MOSUL, 2 February 2017

Amina screams as a nurse peels bandages off the lacerations and sores that cover her chest and left leg. Her aunt helps medical staff pin the 13-year-old down on a bed as the nurse squeezes puss from the infected wounds, before roughly rinsing them with iodine.

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27 Jan 2017 description
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Three years on from the start of the West African Ebola epidemic, lessons are still being learned. And the most surprising are not coming from the scientists, but from the affected communities themselves; about how, with hardly any help, they tackled the virus and won.

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