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Amid ongoing conflict, Somali refugees recruited to fight Al-Shabaab

With the security climate in Somalia showing no signs of improvement, hundreds of thousands of Somali citizens have been displaced since early 2010. The UNHCR estimates there are currently 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, and this trend is on the increase. The ongoing fighting in Mogadishu and other locations has caused nearly 170,000 residents to flee since the beginning of the year, according to the UNHCR. READ MORE

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The Current “State” of Guinea-Bissau

Yesterday saw a short-lived coup attempt in Guinea-Bissau, a small West African state that has been wracked by chronic political instability since it obtained its independence from Portugal in 1973.

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How the UN Helps Chad

This video does a good job explaining why kicking the UN peacekeeping mission out of Chad is not in the interest of the refugees and civilians displaced from clashes near the Darfur border. 

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Sierra Leone Health Worker Strike Ends in Doctors’ and Nurses’ Favor

 

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Niger: Can Political Changes Help Alleviate Food Crisis?

On Feb. 18, 2010, what has been referred to as a “textbook coup” took place in Niger. President Mamadou Tandja – who had been in power for more than a decade, was widely criticized for his poor management of a chronic food crisis in his country and for his lack of transparency – was ousted by Major Salou Djibo.

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A Documentary on Human Rights Abuses in Zimbabwe that forced the Filmmaker into Hiding.

In 2008, a tribunal of the South African Development Community (SADC) ruled that the Zimbabwean government’s policy of taking over white-owned farms was illegal. Despite the ruling, official harassment of white farm owners and the thousands of workers employed at their farms continued. This 25 minute film, titled “House of Justice,” documents the farmers and farm workers struggle against the government of Zimbabwe. It also shows, in stark terms, how top government officials used torture to intimidate farm owners and their workers. READ MORE

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