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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.
Doubts plague Congo’s latest demobilisation programme
12 November 2015 (IRIN ), A major new attempt to return thousands of rebel fighters to civilian life in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been beset by delays and is still threatened by funding constraints and continuing insecurity, according to analysts, who also point to broader governance problems.
Crude awakening: can oil benefit the people of the Niger Delta?
4 November 2015 (IRIN ), The thick, acrid smoke billowing above the tree line is the telltale sign of local refining of stolen crude oil in Nigeria’s troubled Niger Delta, but environmentalists are looking to find less environmentally damaging ways for communities to benefit from the oil.
Fleeing Boko Haram: nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
2 November 2015 (IRIN ), The Boko Haram insurgency has claimed more than 25,000 lives in the past six years. Since 2014, it has escalated and splintered across a wider swathe of West and Central Africa, uprooting millions of people in the process. Where should they go? This special feature examines the bleak options and explores what the future holds.
NGOs in Kenya protest threatened deregistration of 959 organisations
30 October 2015 (IRIN ), On 29 October, a government body announced plans to deregister 959 local organisations and freeze their bank accounts. But key local groups described the allegations as unfounded and politically motivated.
Photo Feature: After Ebola, Sierra Leone’s burial workers fear a bleak future
28 October 2015 (IRIN ), Thousands of Sierra Leoneans risked their lives as burial team members to help bring the Ebola outbreak to a stop. Now, with the outbreak almost over, many wonder how they will reintegrate into the communities that once shunned them.
The world’s oldest profession?
23 October 2015 (IRIN ), To mark the UN's 70th anniversary, IRIN takes a look at the state of the $25 billion humanitarian enterprise. What chance of reform for a system that, despite its charitable roots, is so deeply political?
"All places were dangerous": civilian voices from a South Sudan front line
21 October 2015 (IRIN ), Leer county Unity State has been one of the regions in South Sudan hardest hit since conflict broke out again in December 2013. These are the stories of six civilians caught up in some of the more recent fighting.

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