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Oct 22, 2014

Nigeria talks with Boko Haram but no sign of girls’ release

DJAMENA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – Nearly a week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it said would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed.

Talks took place this week between the government and the Islamist militant group in the Chadian capital, but they are shrouded in secrecy. A series of attacks blamed on Boko Haram fighters since the announcement, meanwhile, has raised doubts over government claims of a truce.

Sep 17, 2014

No place to hide for Africa’s pangolins amid China buying spree

DAKAR/LIBREVILLE, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Alongside dirt roads
twisting through the dense tropical forests of Gabon, the scaly
bodies of lifeless long-snouted pangolins dangle from sticks
stuck in the ground by hunters.

The pangolin, a mammal that looks like an anteater but has
the tough scales of a crocodile, has long been prized in central
Africa as a bushmeat delicacy.

Sep 9, 2014

Senegal tracks route of Guinea student in race to stop Ebola

DAKAR, Sept 9 (Reuters) – In a dusty street of the
Senegalese capital Dakar, a hand emerges from behind the door of
a run-down house to grab a bundle of baguettes from an aid
worker as police officers watch.

Behind the door, 33 people are being kept in quarantine
after a 21-year-old student from neighbouring Guinea came to
stay there at his uncle’s house a fortnight ago. With him, he
brought the deadly Ebola virus.

Sep 2, 2014

Ebola threatens food security in West Africa – FAO

ROME/DAKAR, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The world’s worst Ebola
epidemic has endangered harvests and sent food prices soaring in
West Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
said on Tuesday, warning the problem would intensify in coming
months.

The FAO issued a special alert for Liberia, Sierra Leone and
Guinea, the three countries most affected by the outbreak, which
has killed at least 1,550 people since the virus was detected in
the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March.

Aug 22, 2014

Senegal blocks Liberia aid flight, imposes Ebola travel curbs

DAKAR (Reuters) – Regional humanitarian hub Senegal said on Friday it had blocked a regional U.N. aid plane from landing and was banning all further flights to and from countries affected by Ebola, potentially hampering the emergency response to the epidemic.

A number of aid agencies have their regional headquarters in politically stable Senegal. Both medical charity MSF and the United Nations, which are leading efforts to contain a West African Ebola epidemic that has killed at least 1,350 people, had planned to operate regional flights from the country.

Aug 17, 2014

Struggling Liberia creates ‘plague villages’ in Ebola epicenter

BOYA Liberia/DAKAR (Reuters) – To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicenter of the virus, evoking the “plague villages” of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.

With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a stark choice: stay where they are and risk death or skip quarantine, spreading the infection further in a country ill-equipped to cope.

Aug 17, 2014

Insight – Struggling Liberia creates ‘plague villages’ in Ebola epicentre

BOYA Liberia/DAKAR (Reuters) – To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicentre of the virus, evoking the “plague villages” of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.

With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a stark choice: stay where they are and risk death or skip quarantine, spreading the infection further in a country ill-equipped to cope.

Aug 6, 2014

Ebola sucks life from W. African states weakened by war, poverty

MONROVIA/DAKAR, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Poverty, then war, and
now, a deadly plague.

Among the world’s poorest states at the bottom of global
development indexes, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea had shown
signs of leaving behind brutal wars and leaping into Africa’s
economic boom – before a lethal Ebola epidemic struck.

Aug 5, 2014

Liberia growth to be revised lower as Ebola saps income: finance minister

DAKAR (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola outbreak threatens to reverse some of Liberia’s economic gains made since its 1989-2003 civil war and the government plans to cut its growth forecast for this year, the country’s finance minister said on Tuesday.

Liberia’s economy had been expected to grow by 5.9 percent this year, but Amara Konneh said this was no longer realistic due to a slowdown in the transport and services sectors and the departure of foreign workers because of the disease.

Aug 5, 2014

Liberia growth to be revised lower as Ebola saps income – finmin

DAKAR, Aug 5 (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola outbreak
threatens to reverse some of Liberia’s economic gains made since
its 1989-2003 civil war and the government plans to cut its
growth forecast for this year, the country’s finance minister
said on Tuesday.

Liberia’s economy had been expected to grow by 5.9 percent
this year, but Amara Konneh said this was no longer realistic
due to a slowdown in the transport and services sectors and the
departure of foreign workers because of the disease.