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Latest news from Ghana

GHANA: Why is the north blighted by chieftaincy disputes?

ACCRA, 1 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - In an in-depth interview with Emmanuel Bombande, Executive Director of the conflict resolution think tank West African Peace Building Network, IRIN looks at why northern Ghana has been blighted by a spate of violent chieftaincy disputes, and what risks the unrest poses to the country’s stability.Full report

GHANA: Chieftaincy tussle brews conflict in northern town

ACCRA, 31 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Police and soldiers are maintaining a dusk to dawn curfew for a fourth week in the northern Ghanaian town of Bimbilla after a long running chieftaincy dispute erupted in violence, said local officials. Full report

GHANA-LIBERIA: Liberian refugees still wary of returning home

BUDUBURAM CAMP, 9 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - If 32-year-old Darling Peah were to return to her native Liberia today, she would find a new president but she wouldn’t find her house, a job, or members of her family.Full report

GHANA: Tomorrow's football stars line up for today's AIDS fight

Photo: Claire Soares/IRIN

FETTEH, 1 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Ghana's soccer team have qualified for the World Cup for the very first time, and it is not only the fans that are cheering. So too are health campaigners, who hope that football fever might boost the fight against AIDS.Full report

GHANA: Cholera outbreak prompts education campaign

ACCRA, 30 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - A cholera outbreak in Ghana, one of a string of West African nations hit by epidemics this year, has prompted national health authorities and the local Red Cross to launch a “Help prevent cholera” campaign.Full report

AFRICA: Belgian minister proposes joint EU-AU peacekeeping training centres

BRUSSELS, 24 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Belgian Development Cooperation Minister Armand de Decker is seeking support from his counterparts in the European Union for his proposal to create peacekeeping training centres in Africa, in partnership with the African Union, a senior official in the Belgian government has said.Full report

BENIN-GHANA-TOGO: Food running out for Togolese refugees

DAKAR, 16 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Over 65,000 people forced to flee Togo or seek shelter within the country from political violence, will stop receiving essential food aid unless the World Food Programme secures just US $1 million from donors by the end of the year. Full report

GHANA: Refugee protest turns ugly

DAKAR, 9 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - A refugee camp in southwestern Ghana was under tight security on Wednesday a day after police fired teargas and warning shots to quell rioting that left buildings and vehicles burned and some refugees on the run from the law.Full report

GHANA: Despite new health scheme, newborn babies detained in hospital pending payment

Photo: IRIN

ACCRA, 16 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Sitting on a wooden bench in Ghana’s biggest hospital, 28-year-old Gifty Torto breastfeeds her tiny six-week-old son, hugging the newborn she is not allowed to take home. The baby is being detained pending payment of her hospital bill.Full report

GHANA: Invalids turned away from hospitals as doctors strike

Photo: IRIN

ACCRA, 7 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - New patients are being refused treatment at state hospitals across Ghana where a strike by doctors demanding back payment for overtime work went into a fifth day on Wednesday. Full report


IRIN Special Reports for Ghana

GHANA: Special report on struggle to stop exodus of doctors and nurses

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Ghana

GHANA: Why is the north blighted by chieftaincy disputes?

GHANA-LIBERIA: Liberian refugees still wary of returning home

GHANA: Local employers start to care for their HIV-positive staff

GHANA: Privatisation brings new investment to water company


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