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Guinea: Pointing microphones against Ebola

Brussels – As the world nervously watches the Ebola outbreak from afar, local media in Guinea work around the clock in precarious environments to make sure the population remains informed. A vital force against the crisis, these journalists need funding and international support to step up against the virus.

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Smart Money?

Many African governments subsidize fertilizer for farmers. Are the subsidies worth it? It was called Malawi’s miracle. In 2005, in the wake of a drought and food crisis, Malawi began subsidizing fertilizer and seeds to help boost farmers’ maize yields. Just two years later, Malawi produced enough maize to meet domestic demand.

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EU Children of Peace in South Kivu, DRC

South Kivu, DRC – A music video featuring world music personalities has been launched as part of the EU Children for Peace initiative, which funds humanitarian projects for children growing up in conflict regions. Over one billion children live in countries affected by conflict. They are especially vulnerable to the fallout of war. The release of the video aims to make the world aware of these children’s plight, particularly their lack of access to education.

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Boko Haram threat dangerously exploited by elites

Among Nigeria’s political class, the only issue of current interest seems to be the 2015 election. But Nigeria is facing a threat that should be everyone’s chief concern – the growing strength of Boko Haram, which in recent weeks has captured a string of towns across Borno, this country’s second largest state.

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Wireless sensor warns if vaccines get too hot

Sep17

A wireless sensor that sends text message alerts to healthcare workers could help better protect temperature-sensitive vaccines and provide crucial data on storage, transport and distribution infrastructures in developing nations, according to its inventors.

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Boat packed with African emigrants sinks off the Libyan coast

Libya – A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants, including women, trying to reach European shores sank on Sunday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead.

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