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COP21: Climate change and conflict meet in Cameroon
9 December 2015 (IRIN ), Boko Haram isn't the only menace in Cameroon. Tens of thousands of people are being driven from their homes as long periods of drought, followed by heavy rains and flooding, destroy their houses and their livelihoods. Can anything be done to help?
Is education Boko Haram’s biggest victim?
7 December 2015 (IRIN ), The mass abduction of schoolgirls, the displacement of millions, and the relentless suicide attacks have received most of the Boko Haram headlines, but the exodus of teachers and the disintegration of the education system could be a longer-lasting legacy that sets northeastern Nigeria back a generation.
COP21: Southern Africa's food crisis - from bad to worse
4 December 2015 (IRIN ), Close to 29 million people in southern Africa are already facing food shortages as a result of this season’s poor harvest, but worse could be on the way.
Pope’s visit highlights CAR’s deep scars
29 November 2015 (IRIN ), Pope Francis' visit to Bangui is, in his own words, motivated by his desire to “contribute to the dressing of the wounds and opening of the way to a more serene future for Central African Republic and all its citizens.” His trip comes almost three years after a rebel coup that continues to reverberate violently in different parts of the country.
COP 21: Ready or not - drought tests Ethiopia
27 November 2015 (IRIN ), Herding weary sheep up a dusty path, Hussein Boru knows he won’t find green pastures. He’s just looking for the minimum to keep his flock fed in drought-hit eastern Ethiopia.
How bad is the drought in Ethiopia?
19 November 2015 (IRIN ), Alarm bells are ringing for a food emergency in Ethiopia. The UN says 15 million people will need help over the coming months. The government, wary of stigma and therefore hesitant to ask for help, has nevertheless said more than eight million Ethiopians need food assistance. Inevitably, comment and media coverage compare the current situation with 1984 – the year Ethiopia’s notorious famine hit the headlines. Reports suggest this is the worst drought in 30 years. One declares it a “code red” drought. So how bad actually is it?
Nigeria says ‘go home’, but is it safe from Boko Haram?
17 November 2015 (IRIN ), The Nigerian government plans to start closing camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict by the end of December, forcing thousands of people to return to the very places they fled. With much of northeastern Nigeria still very insecure and infrastructure lacking, many are scared. Is it too soon?
Comment: What talks in Burundi should look like
17 November 2015 (IRIN ), Warnings of a looming genocide in Burundi dangerously misrepresent the nature of the crisis in my country, but the widespread calls for urgent mediated talks are nevertheless well founded. They are an essential step to halting a cycle of violence that has claimed some 240 lives since April.
Living in an Ebola limbo: how long must refugees wait?
16 November 2015 (IRIN ), Some 38,000 Ivorian refugees are still living in Liberia after fleeing political violence in 2010. Many of them have been trying to return home since 2014, but the borders remain closed due to fears of Ebola.
Rising seas ruining lives in Togo
13 November 2015 (IRIN ), Togo’s former capital city, Aneho, and dozens of surrounding villages, along with the main road that links the west African country to Benin, are likely to disappear from the map by 2038, local authorities and international experts say, if nothing is done to reverse the erosion that is currently eating away between six and 10 meters of coastal land each year.

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