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Thousands flee “scorched earth” campaign in DRC’s Katanga
4 February 2014 (IRIN ), Where children once played with beads and bicycle wheels, now stand only the shells of their homes: blackened wooden beams, cooking pots melted by fire, and mud blocks from the tumbled walls softening in the rain.
Helping Africa’s urban poor gain from modernization
4 February 2014 (IRIN ), Plans to reshape and modernize African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. But these development plans could also benefit the poor if governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens, argue analysts.
UN shifts approach to help Sahel’s 20 million hungry
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), Over 20 million people in the Sahel will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, up 8.7 million over the number of people in need in 2013, estimates the UN, which launched an ambitious three-year Sahel strategy today.
Central African Republic clerics lobby for peace
31 January 2014 (IRIN ), The archbishop and the imam make an impressive double act, picking up each other's cues, and batting topics back and forth between them. The Central African Republic's (CAR) two most prominent religious leaders arrived in London this week to raise awareness of the catastrophic events in their country and to rally support for a more active international engagement in the crisis.
Displaced by Boko Haram, Nigerians risk invisibility in Niger
30 January 2014 (IRIN ), Up to 37,000 people - both Nigerians and Nigeriens - have fled Boko Haram violence in northeastern Nigeria since early 2012, and most are sheltering with families in neighbouring Niger, but the aid response thus far has been patchy. Government efforts to register the displaced have been slow, and the refugees among them have yet to be given refugee status.
Politics undermining Côte d’Ivoire trials, activists say
29 January 2014 (IRIN ), With just a single trial concluded out of the 86 cases arising from Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010-2011 post-poll violence, concerns are emerging that justice is being undermined by political compromises.ôte-d-Ivoire-trials-activists-say
Counterfeit drug war in Liberia
29 January 2014 (IRIN ), Liberia’s Ministry of Health is launching a major crackdown on counterfeit drug sellers throughout the country, but Liberians say they have no choice but to buy such drugs, given their low cost and availability even in rural areas.
Kenyan irrigation scheme offers solutions but raises questions
29 January 2014 (IRIN ), One of the largest irrigation schemes in Kenya’s history, the recently launched 400,000-hectare Galana-Kulalu Food Security Project, will focus on the production of crops, livestock and fish for both domestic consumption and export.
Zimbabwe short-changing its small-scale farmers
28 January 2014 (IRIN ), A Zimbabwe state mechanism designed to promote food security is being blamed for exacerbating the country’s chronic food shortages.
Guinea rushes to curb measles outbreak
27 January 2014 (IRIN ), Health authorities in Guinea are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has killed one child, infected 37 others and spread to half of the country’s 33 districts.

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