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African cities – time for urgent reform

African cities – time for urgent reform

carolyn.simon@hrc.org December 11, 2017 0

Africa is urbanising at an incredible rate, but its cities are not delivering the opportunities and better lives such dynamism deserves. Instead, they’re typically noxious, dysfunctional sinks; their inhabitants trapped in poverty and neglect.

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Interview: Amid record needs, new UN relief chief promises reform

Interview: Amid record needs, new UN relief chief promises reform

dan.rafter@hrc.org December 5, 2017 0

His predecessors sat in an office of picture windows overlooking the Hudson River fitted with beige furniture on the upper floors of UN headquarters in Manhattan. But Mark Lowcock, the new UN under-secretary-general

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Development deficit feeds Boko Haram in northern Cameroon

Development deficit feeds Boko Haram in northern Cameroon

carolyn.simon@hrc.org September 6, 2017 0

One of the main reasons Boko Haram has been able to gain a foothold and recruit thousands of young people in the Far North Region of Cameroon is its relative lack of development

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Crackdown: Prison conditions worsen in post-coup Turkey

Crackdown: Prison conditions worsen in post-coup Turkey

dan.rafter@hrc.org September 6, 2017 0

Turkey has been packing its jails with political offenders since a failed coup nearly 14 months ago, and prisoners’ families, lawyers, and activists have told IRIN of an increase in overcrowding, poor medical

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Sporadic violence and presidential tussle put Côte d’Ivoire’s hard-won security at risk

Sporadic violence and presidential tussle put Côte d’Ivoire’s hard-won security at risk

dan.rafter@hrc.org July 21, 2017 0

Just as it seemed to be turning the page after a decade-long crisis marked by two civil wars, violence has again become worryingly routine in Côte d'Ivoire. Since the beginning of the year,

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Local aid workers on the front line of South Sudan’s civil war

Local aid workers on the front line of South Sudan’s civil war

dan.rafter@hrc.org May 18, 2017 0

Gunshots suddenly crackled as Stephanie and her colleagues went about a routine seed distribution in a small farming community in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. The moment she heard the bullets zipping through

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End of Joseph Kony hunt breeds frustration and fear

End of Joseph Kony hunt breeds frustration and fear

April 26, 2017 0

Uganda and the United States have ended a six-year hunt for elusive warlord Joseph Kony and his notorious Lord’s Resistance Army.   But calling off the mission, focused on Central African Republic, has

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Peace talks in Nigeria, chemicals in Syria, and a political meltdown in Afghanistan: The cheat sheet

Peace talks in Nigeria, chemicals in Syria, and a political meltdown in Afghanistan: The cheat sheet

carolyn.simon@hrc.org April 14, 2017 0

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: Talking to Boko Haram

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Can $10 billion and political reforms bring peace to Pakistan’s restive frontier?

Can $10 billion and political reforms bring peace to Pakistan’s restive frontier?

dan.rafter@hrc.org April 5, 2017 0

Haibat Khan was teaching under an open sky. Over the heads of a dozen young students sitting on a plastic mat on the ground, he could see mountains stretching into the distance from the Pakistani

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South Sudan needs peace as much as food

South Sudan needs peace as much as food

carolyn.simon@hrc.org March 20, 2017 0

The declaration of famine in two counties of South Sudan last month led to immediate pledges of aid.  Grave editorials  called on Western governments to prioritise relief efforts to the needy, despite the

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