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Another peace deal unravels in South Sudan
9 October 2015 (IRIN ), South Sudan's latest peace deal is unravelling as fighting picks up and a new declaration by President Salva Kiir threatens the most delicately struck parts of the agreement.
Since you've been gone: the families migrants leave behind
8 October 2015 (IRIN ), Every migrant who sets out on a journey leaves behind a family. Our natural focus is on the odyssey, and the crisis that drives people from their homes. But migration is much more than just about people fleeing conflict or seeking asylum. It affects many more people than those actually on the move and navigating hostile borders. Those left behind, out of the media spotlight, also carry a burden – both financial and emotional – in supporting loved ones on their journey. This special report focuses on two such families.
Can new governors turn the Taliban tide in northern Afghanistan?
8 October 2015 (IRIN ), The replacement of four provincial governors in northern Afghanistan could stem years of steady gains made by the Taliban in the region, where thousands of people have been displaced by violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cattle rustlers profit from Boko Haram bonanza
28 September 2015 (IRIN ), Cattle theft has long been a problem in northwestern Nigeria but the general insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency is emboldening seasoned rustlers and encouraging those struggling with endemic poverty and high unemployment to turn to it as a lucrative second ‘career’, with potentially disastrous consequences.
The refugee crisis: time for some perspective
24 September 2015 (IRIN ), At the end of a long summer that has seen record numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on Europe’s shores, EU member states are still deeply divided in their response to the crisis. This week, they agreed to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from over-burdened frontline states like Greece and Italy to other EU countries over the next two years, despite four countries voting against the deal. This IRIN film puts this latest figure into a bit of perspective.
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.
When the war hits home
22 September 2015 (IRIN ), Almigdad Mojalli has been reporting from Yemen's civil war for six months. Last week, the conflict finally dragged his family in.
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.
Does the aid industry have a sexual violence problem?
17 September 2015 (IRIN ), Anecdotal reports of sexual assault within the aid industry suggest the sector has a systemic problem. But the official data says incidence is incredibly low. So how serious a problem for aid workers is sexual violence? New research by the Headington Institute aims to find out.
The tragedy of Iraq's Sunnis
16 September 2015 (IRIN ), The Islamic State has forced hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from minority sects to flee. But the militants, who are Sunni Muslims, have actually displaced more of their own co-religionists. Caught between IS and hostility from other Iraqis, these displaced are pushed back into the militants' hands.
Refugees caught between razor-wire and a minefield
15 September 2015 (IRIN ), For the thousands of migrants and refugees streaming into Serbia with the hope of entering the European Union via Hungary, the journey ahead is littered with ever more obstacles: from a razor-wire fence and the threat of prison on one side to minefields and mountains on the other.
How can Turkey protect itself and save Syrians?
14 September 2015 (IRIN ), Turkey has led the way in helping Syrian refugees: keeping its border open, taking in almost two million people and setting up a network of 25 camps to house them. But as security measures are stepped up and fines are more strictly imposed on NGOs, is Turkish hospitality beginning to wane?
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:
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.
Abuses rise along with pro-Afghan government militias
7 September 2015 (IRIN ), In a bid to enforce its authority in Kunduz where the Taliban has taken over about 70 percent of the province, the Afghan government has scaled up support of militia – a controversial tactic since such groups have a history of abuses against civilians, according to Human Rights Watch and others.

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