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In the UN’s gun sights: one of DRC’s most infamous rebel groups
23 January 2015 (IRIN ), UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo are set to launch an offensive against one of the oldest insurgencies in the east of the country. But who exactly are the targets of the operation?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101042/In-the-UN-s-gun-sights-one-of-DRC-s-most-infamous-rebel-groups
In pictures: Southern Africa floods
20 January 2015 (IRIN ), More than a third of Malawi's territory has been affected by flooding, leading to a state of disaster to be declared in many parts of the country. This slideshow offers a glimpse of the devastation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101028/In-pictures-Southern-Africa-floods
Eyewitness: Malawi’s floods
16 January 2015 (IRIN ), The scale and impact of the current flooding in southern Malawi seems to have caught the authorities by surprise. Some areas were deluged with a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours, and forecasts suggest there is more to come.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101016/Eyewitness-Malawi-s-floods
Violence, arrests and mistrust ahead of Burundi polls
16 January 2015 (IRIN ), This year's polls are supposed to move Burundi further away from a conflict-blighted past towards stable democracy. But a major battle with unidentified rebels, the arrest of politicians and increasing mistrust between the government and opposition are creating a tense electoral climate.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101018/Violence-arrests-and-mistrust-ahead-of-Burundi-polls
Nice and dirty – the importance of soil
16 January 2015 (IRIN ), Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101019/Nice-and-dirty-the-importance-of-soil
Nigerian lives matter - the Baga controversy
15 January 2015 (IRIN ), Two thousand killed or 150? Controversy surrounds the death toll in the northern Nigerian town of Baga following an attack in early January by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101008/Nigerian-lives-matter-the-Baga-controversy
Cows and conflict: South Sudan's “slow motion” livestock crisis
15 January 2015 (IRIN ), On top of thousands of human casualties, South Sudan's civil war has had a major impact on the movement and health of vast numbers of livestock, in a way that has sparked fresh violence and threatens the country's social, political and economic fabric.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101012/Cows-and-conflict-South-Sudan-s-slow-motion-livestock-crisis
Heading to The Hague - Uganda reacts to surrender of top LRA man
14 January 2015 (IRIN ), Some want him tried in The Hague; others in Kampala. Others still say he should receive an amnesty for his alleged crimes against humanity. Top rebel commander Dominic Ongwen was abducted into a Ugandan insurgency at the age of 10. His surrender earlier this month is eliciting very mixed feelings from his compatriots.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101005/Heading-to-The-Hague-Uganda-reacts-to-surrender-of-top-LRA-man
Boko Haram and Nigeria's future - five key questions answered*
13 January 2015 (IRIN ), The terrible news keeps on coming from Nigeria’s embattled northeast. Two suspected child suicide bombers reportedly blew themselves up in a crowded market on Sunday – the second such attack in two days linked to Boko Haram in which young girls were strapped with explosives. Meanwhile, the Islamic extremist group has maintained the momentum of its more conventional attacks, capturing the town of Baga last week on the border with Chad and deliberately executing civilians (earlier reports of up to 2,000 dead by Amnesty International have been disputed by the military. But the true figure remains unknown).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101000/Boko-Haram-and-Nigeria-s-future-five-key-questions-answered
Uneven Distributions: What we talk about when we talk about Ebola
13 January 2015 (IRIN ), In the first of IRIN's "Open Forum" guest columns humanitarian consultant Paul Currion asks what it would take to keep the public's attention on Ebola.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101001/Uneven-Distributions-What-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-Ebola
CAR data - a crisis in numbers
12 January 2015 (IRIN ), Over the last year, violence has continued across the Central African Republic (CAR) despite multiple cessations of hostilities agreements and attempts to end the conflict. IRIN looks at the impact of the internal conflict in numbers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100994/CAR-data-a-crisis-in-numbers
Striving for peace in CAR
7 January 2015 (IRIN ), Civil society and religious organisations in the Central African Republic are working to rebuild trust and harmony in a country fraught with ethnic and religious animosity since the overthrow of President François Bozizé in March 2013.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100975/Striving-for-peace-in-CAR
Kenya's security act threatens refugees
5 January 2015 (IRIN ), Human rights groups are warning that Kenya's controversial Security Amendment Act still poses a threat to refugees' rights despite a high court decision on Friday that suspends parts of the bill for 30 days pending a full court hearing.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100987/Kenya-s-security-act-threatens-refugees
Universal health coverage - Ebola reveals the gaps
29 December 2014 (IRIN ), West Africa's Ebola epidemic has cruelly exposed the weaknesses of health systems in the countries where it struck. It was understandable that they were not prepared for Ebola, which has never been reported in the region before, but the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, says what they lacked was a robust public health infrastructure to deal with the unexpected.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100976/Universal-health-coverage-Ebola-reveals-the-gaps
Taming Sierra Leone’s Ebola spread
19 December 2014 (IRIN ), Sierra Leone is scrambling to recruit more health personnel and deploy more equipment to curb the rampant spread of Ebola in Western Area region which currently accounts for half the infections in the country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100957/Taming-Sierra-Leone-s-Ebola-spread
Mystery over Ebola survivors’ ailments
18 December 2014 (IRIN ), For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have afflicted convalescents; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100952/Mystery-over-Ebola-survivors-ailments
Chaotic closure of a North Kivu IDP camp
18 December 2014 (IRIN ), The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100953/Chaotic-closure-of-a-North-Kivu-IDP-camp
Looming DRC offensive prompts “humanitarian fallout” fears
16 December 2014 (IRIN ), Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100947/Looming-DRC-offensive-prompts-humanitarian-fallout-fears
Boko Haram fuels displacement crisis in Niger’s Diffa Region
12 December 2014 (IRIN ), Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram militias have driven nearly 90,000 people into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year, sparking food security and protection worries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100937/Boko-Haram-fuels-displacement-crisis-in-Niger-s-Diffa-Region
South Africa's controversial new asylum form
11 December 2014 (IRIN ), Refugee advocates in South Africa have reacted with dismay and skepticism to a planned revamp of the asylum application process which the government says is designed to distinguish economic migrants from people with a bona fide case for refugee status.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100935/South-Africa-s-controversial-new-asylum-form

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