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Central African Republic goes back to square one
6 October 2015 (IRIN ), Six days of fighting that ended in Central African Republic’s capital last week has left a heavy toll: dozens dead, hundreds wounded, thousands displaced, and hope of an imminent resolution to the country’s protracted and complex political crisis fading fast.
Burundi's descent into hell
5 October 2015 (IRIN ), It’s not unusual to find dead bodies in Bujumbura these days. We find them on the streets, in drainage channels, bushes and rivers. To help understand the depth of the crisis, it's worth looking back at some key recent events.
The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram
1 October 2015 (IRIN ), Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. We explore what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart and ask whether such a programme can work.
Is Burkina Faso’s elite guard still a threat?
1 October 2015 (IRIN ), Burkina Faso's transitional government has dissolved the RSP, but will the elite security force responsible for last month's coup finally go away? OSIWA's Mathias Hounkpe looks at what must happen next to keep the country on its path to civilian rule and democracy.
Doctors overwhelmed in Afghan city taken by Taliban
30 September 2015 (IRIN ), With the government hospital shut down, a facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières is now the only place for people needing urgent trauma care to be treated in Kunduz, which was taken by the Taliban on Monday. Afghan forces have been battling the insurgents to regain control of the northern city of about 300,000 people, and residents are caught in the middle.
Slideshow: Surviving in the Sudd
30 September 2015 (IRIN ), A month after President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal aimed at ending South Sudan's two-year civil war there is still intermittent fighting in some of the nation's most far-flung and violent places.
Aid freeze promises hard winter in Ukraine
29 September 2015 (IRIN ), At the end of May, we reported on the desperate situation facing civilians in eastern Ukraine, trapped near the frontline in rebel-held parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions with little or no access to basic services. Four months later, winter is approaching and another lifeline has just been taken away.
Slideshow: Humans of Syria
28 September 2015 (IRIN ), Objects of pity or attractive prospective employees? The Syrians landing on the beaches on the Greek island of Lesvos have some serious CVs. IRIN policy editor Imogen Wall spoke to some about the professional skills they have to offer Europe, and their career ambitions.
The right way to reinvent the wheel?
24 September 2015 (IRIN ), Despite an EU agreement to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers over the next two years, the best hope for meeting the immediate needs of the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees already making their way across Europe often comes from volunteers working for recently formed grassroots organisations. Paul Currion looks at how one such initiative took the lead in responding to Europe’s refugee crisis.
No aftercare for Boko Haram bomb victims
23 September 2015 (IRIN ), Countless Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram suicide bombings since 2009. Many more have survived, but their difficulties are far from over.
The rocky road to democracy in Burkina Faso
22 September 2015 (IRIN ), Negotiations are under way to return Burkina Faso to civilian rule following last week's coup, but a proposed amnesty for the coup plotters would leave many people unhappy.
Local dwarfs global in Serbia refugee response
21 September 2015 (IRIN ), In Serbia, a collection of local NGOs and charities are working together to respond to the thousands of migrants and refugees passing through the capital who are in need of food and shelter.
Vote limbo for Central African refugees
14 September 2015 (IRIN ), Nearly 200,000 refugees who fled the Central African Republic are still waiting to see if they will be able to cast their ballots in next month's presidential elections.
How anxiety and despair haunt trafficked children
9 September 2015 (IRIN ), For children and young people exploited by traffickers in Southeast Asia, escape or rescue ought to put an end to their nightmare. But new research paints a grim picture of the lasting effects on their mental health.
Australia still has questions to answer on refugees
9 September 2015 (IRIN ), While Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s announcement today that Australia will take in an additional 12,000 Syrians from persecuted minorities is welcome, it fails to address a host of problems with the country’s deeply flawed policies towards migrants and asylum seekers:
Venezuela crackdown forces out Colombian migrants
3 September 2015 (IRIN ), Venezuela has embarked on a campaign to deport Colombian migrants and refugees it accuses of involvement in cross-border smuggling. The arrival of thousands of returnees at the border is overwhelming authorities and aid agencies.
The $1bn hole in Afghanistan’s refugee system
3 September 2015 (IRIN ), The United States has allocated $950 million for assisting Afghan refugees and returnees, but much of that money has been lost to corruption while those in need remain in dire conditions, according to a report released today by a congress-appointed auditor.
When Myanmar votes, Rohingya must stay home
1 September 2015 (IRIN ), In the 2010 general elections, about 150,000 Muslims in this isolated township in western Myanmar were able to cast their votes. When the country returns to the polls in November the number of Muslim voters here is likely to be about a dozen.
Debates over language: a dangerous distraction?
31 August 2015 (IRIN ), Migrants? Refugees? Or just "people" fleeing horror and hardship? All this attention on what terms we use for the thousands risking their lives to reach Europe is missing the point, argues Melissa Phillips, who says our energies would be better spent on a more coordinated response and a better understanding of why so many people are on the move.
So much for sanctuary: how an EU asylum rule 'results in death'
28 August 2015 (IRIN ), The discovery of dozens of dead migrants in a truck in Austria has shed fresh light on how the overzealous use of EU regulations can have tragic consequences.

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