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Unloved but unyielding: Burkina’s presidential guard could derail transition
13 February 2015 (IRIN ), The potential for widespread civil unrest in Burkina Faso could grow if the country’s Presidential Security Regiment continues to remain a powerful and largely unanswerable force.
Why South Sudan’s children are fighting again
12 February 2015 (IRIN ), Thousands of children are fighting with government and rebel forces in South Sudan, reversing a painstaking demobilization program and fanning calls for war crimes trials as a better way to protect minors from recruitment.
Thousands of Boko Haram refugees "stranded" in Chad
11 February 2015 (IRIN ), More than 7,000 Nigerian refugees in Chad's Lake Region remain in need of humanitarian aid, following cross-border attacks by Boko Haram.
Fleeing Boko Haram - survivors' stories
10 February 2015 (IRIN ), Around one million Nigerians have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. Many seek refuge in the city of Maiduguri, choosing to stay with relatives rather than live in government run camps. They witnessed the harrowing brutality of Boko Haram before escaping to relative safety. IRIN has been hearing their stories.
In Nigeria's northeast, no alarm over election delay
9 February 2015 (IRIN ), In Boko Haram's northeastern stronghold, Nigerians have calmly accepted the postponement of scheduled elections. The military says it cannot spare troops to oversee a voting while it is engaged in a fresh counter insurgency mission against the jihadists. But elsewhere in Nigeria civil society groups remain suspicious that other factors may be at play in the decision to delay the poll.
Why democracy may have to wait in the Central African Republic
9 February 2015 (IRIN ), Insecurity and a lack resources could derail elections in the Central African Republic, crucial for the return to normality after almost two years of intense conflict. Already delayed once, the parliamentary and presidential polls - now scheduled for July and August - are provoking a debate over what should come first: national security or democratic process.
Softly, softly: the humanitarian schemes aimed at countering Boko Haram
6 February 2015 (IRIN ), Northeast Nigeria faces the dual challenges of tackling Boko Haram and deeply ingrained poverty. Now the government and some private philanthropists are implementing programmes to counter both, creating economic opportunities and providing humanitarian support as antidotes to the appeal of militancy.
Dire conditions for Malawi's flood survivors
6 February 2015 (IRIN ), For those who have lost everything in southern Malawi’s Chikwawa District, just getting the next meal is now the priority.
Boko Haram facing mounting regional military pressure
4 February 2015 (IRIN ), Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon launch coordinated attacks against Boko Haram as the African Union meets to discuss the details of its proposed 7,500-strong taskforce. The militant Islamist group is facing assaults on multiple fronts. Is the tide starting to turn in what is now a regional conflict?
Sex crimes up amid Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone
4 February 2015 (IRIN ), Reports that rates of sexual assault and teenage pregnancy have soared in Sierra Leone since the start of the Ebola outbreak have prompted the government to plan a raft of measure to protect girls and the UN to investigate the scale of the increase.

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