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FILM - Needed but Unwanted: Haitians in the Dominican Republic
10 February 2016 (IRIN ), Hundreds of thousands of people of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic are at risk of arbitrary deportation or of becoming stateless. Even though many were born in the Dominican Republican or have lived there for decades, tens of thousands have either been forcibly deported or have fled the crackdown and legal uncertainty.
Sri Lanka war crimes in the spotlight as UN rights chief visits
9 February 2016 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's president is unlikely to cave in any time soon to pressure for international participation in a war crimes tribunal, as the United Nations rights chief urged today. But he could turn the situation to his advantage by offering up less controversial reforms to win back domestic political support and satisfy the international community.
Briefing: The new Jihadist strategy in the Sahel
4 February 2016 (IRIN ), Security has been intense over the last few weeks in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with police and soldiers on the streets, vehicle searches, and round-ups of alleged Islamist militants.
Burundi - nobody to the rescue?
29 January 2016 (IRIN ), It’s almost a given that African leaders meeting this weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will not override Burundi’s objections and endorse the deployment of a 5,000-strong intervention force to help end the violence in the troubled country.
Oil crash exposes Angola’s era of excess
26 January 2016 (IRIN ), There’s never a good time for a drought, but this is a particularly bad period for Angola as it struggles to cope with shrinking revenues as a result of the global oil price crash.
The refugee camp that became a city
20 January 2016 (IRIN ), When Halima Abdi fled the civil war in Somalia with her young daughter, she hoped her stay across the border in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp would be short-lived.
UN aid panel calls for ‘grand bargain’ on finance
18 January 2016 (IRIN ), After seven months of research and deliberation, the UN secretary-general’s high-level panel has finally delivered its proposals for reforming humanitarian financing. The ideas are not startlingly new, but, four months ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, is this now a framework that might actually be adopted and help close the gap between soaring needs and dwindling resources?
Can the UN patch things up in Congo?
15 January 2016 (IRIN ), A year ago, the Congolese army and MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were supposed to launch joint operations to take on Rwandan Hutu rebels. Everything was planned down to the last detail, before a major difference of opinion stopped the effort in its tracks.
How a city in Tanzania holds the key to peace in Burundi*
13 January 2016 (IRIN ), At some stage, both sides in Burundi’s increasingly bloody political crisis are likely to be sitting across the table from one another in Arusha, Tanzania, looking to agree a political settlement.
Uganda feels the strain of the Burundi crisis
11 January 2016 (IRIN ), For the past three years, the war raging across Uganda’s northern border in South Sudan has been pushing its refugee-hosting abilities to breaking point. But it is now the simmering violence to the south in Burundi that could tip the situation over the edge.
Congo’s forgotten war: The militia of Mambasa
8 January 2016 (IRIN ), In spite of the death more than a year ago of key commander Paul Sadala, known as “Morgan”, his Simba militia continue to wreak havoc in Mambasa, a vast territory of more than 35,000 square kilometres in Ituri Province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
New Year, same old problems for Zimbabwe
7 January 2016 (IRIN ), Over the next three months, 1.5 million Zimbabweans will be short of food until the new harvest comes in – and even then it’s expected to be a meagre crop.
Boko Haram arrests worsen Cameroon prison conditions
6 January 2016 (IRIN ), Detention conditions in Cameroon's prisons are worsening as thousands of people suspected of having links with Boko Haram are thrown into jail. An ill-equipped court system fails to process the cases, while suspects languish indefinitely, and more and more arrive from the Far North Region each week.
Ukraine's wounded warriors
22 December 2015 (IRIN ), In addition to the 8,000 people who have lost their lives in the conflict in Ukraine, thousands more have come home with horrific injuries. The medical system was not prepared to handle the psychological effects of the war. The organisation Wounded Warrior Ukraine runs workshops in Kiev to help wounded veterans, volunteers and paramedics deal with the effects of the war.
Briefing: Will a political dispute become a humanitarian disaster in Nepal?
21 December 2015 (IRIN ), Eight months after a huge earthquake devastated Nepal and killed almost 9,000 people, an import-crippling border blockade provoked by a political dispute has sent prices skyrocketing and is stalling efforts to rebuild. If left unresolved, hundreds of thousands of quake survivors, many of them still living without proper shelter, could suffer shortages this winter.
Top Picks: The Arab Spring, arms to Yemen and why Myanmar wins
18 December 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
Will peacekeeper plan help end Burundi violence?
18 December 2015 (IRIN ), Plans for the African Union to deploy 5,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians in Burundi have been broadly welcomed, but will they help end months of deadly political unrest ignited by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s quest for a third term?
How Boko Haram is killing off farms
17 December 2015 (IRIN ), More than 17,000 farmers in northeastern Nigeria have been displaced by Boko Haram since 2012. Thousands of other young people, who were to inherit these lands, have also been killed. Many are now asking: what does the future hold for Nigerian agriculture?
Fuelled by corruption, South Sudan war enters third year
17 December 2015 (IRIN ), South Sudan is an oil-rich country with fertile soil and a wealth of untapped mineral riches. Pilfering money is easy for those who are so inclined, and the attraction of diverting revenues for personal benefit is a key reason why the young country has been mired in a deadly, destructive two-year conflict.
As body count mounts, Burundi talks ever more urgent
15 December 2015 (IRIN ), After the deadliest clashes in eight months of political unrest in Burundi, the need for talks to mediate the crisis over President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial third term is greater than ever. But Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the lead negotiator, has his own election to worry about and many fear time is running out before things will unravel further:

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