Friday, 20 September 2013

WEST AFRICA: IRIN weekly humanitarian round-up




Providing healthcare against the odds in Chad's Tissi

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TISSI, 16 September 2013 (IRIN) - Geographic remoteness, proximity to two volatile border regions, harsh weather and impassable roads are but a few of the challenges aid agencies grapple with as they provide healthcare in Chad's southeastern Tissi area.
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Apply Niger demining lessons in Mali, Niger's ex-rebels urge

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AGADEZ, 16 September 2013 (IRIN) - Cooperation between ex-rebel fighters and government authorities in demining parts of northern Niger should inspire government and non-state actors in Mali to embark on a joint demining project when they are ready, say ex-rebels and soldiers in Niger.
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No action on homophobic violence in Cameroon

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YAOUNDE, 16 September 2013 (IRIN) - In Cameroon, one of the world's most homophobic countries, not only is intolerance towards same-sex conduct widespread, but murder and threats against homosexuals and rights activists are met with inaction from authorities, abetting the violence, rights groups say.
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Roger Jean Claude Mbede, Cameroon: "I was subjected to torture"

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YAOUNDE, 16 September 2013 (IRIN) - Cameroon is among the world's most hostile countries to homosexuality, rights groups say. Homosexuality is punishable by up to five years in prison, as well as fines. In the past three years, the country has prosecuted at least 28 people for homosexuality, according to Human Rights Watch.
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Analysis: Sanitizing the truth - when WASH fails

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STOCKHOLM, 17 September 2013 (IRIN) - The success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals' (MDGs) water target and massive growth in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes have masked a little-discussed secret: WASH interventions frequently fail.
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Analysis: Untangling China's aid to Africa

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NAIROBI, 17 September 2013 (IRIN) - This year, the two most powerful men on the globe, presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, both embarked on Africa tours, pledging to increase aid and investment and work with the continent to improve development.
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Analysis: Behind China's aid structure

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NAIROBI, 17 September 2013 (IRIN) - China's role as an aid donor has been met with wariness, both from aid experts and recipients. Confusion over the nature of China's aid arises because the country uses multiple ministries and agencies to give money, has different strategic priorities than traditional Western donors, and does not release detailed reports about how much aid it provides.
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Guinea's police to go from "enemy" to partner

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CONAKRY, 17 September 2013 (IRIN) - After a group of youths pillaged a restaurant in Guinea's capital, Conakry, in mid-August - raping three women, according to the owner - workers there decided not to pursue the case with local authorities for fear of reprisals.
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West Africa flood round-up

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DAKAR, 17 September 2013 (IRIN) - Floods have killed 84 people, displaced 40,445 and affected 323,396 in West Africa this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), while 34,000 hectares of agricultural land has been damaged. Guinea, Sierra Leone, western Mali and parts of southern Senegal have been the most affected.
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Is land reform working in Burkina Faso?

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OUAGADOUGOU, 18 September 2013 (IRIN) - Burkina Faso has been working for years to improve its land ownership legislation - particularly in rural areas - in large part to protect rural land owners from unfair deals that have seen wealthier buyers acquire vast tracts of land at the expense of poor villagers.
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New In-Depth: Humanitarian Futures

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DAKAR, 19 September 2013 (IRIN) - In this era of rapid change, humanitarians are being challenged like never before - by both new threats on the horizon and the opportunities presented by technology and new partnerships.
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New-look emergency sanitation

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LONDON, 19 September 2013 (IRIN) - When disaster strikes, what are the first things you have to get onto the plane? Shelter materials, blankets, food and medical supplies, and - for sure - the equipment for water supply and sanitation. Yet even Oxfam, known among relief agencies for being "good at drains", does not have as much choice of sanitation supplies in its warehouse as it would like. Its recent "Design a Bog Day" was organized to get some new ideas from outside the humanitarian sector for better emergency sanitation in the future.
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Hard start for Mali's new leader

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GAO, 19 September 2013 (IRIN) - World leaders and others who have pledged to help Mali recover from nearly two years of conflict will gather in the Mali capital, Bamako, today for the official inauguration of the newly elected president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
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