Humanitarian Analysis

We saw what you did - satellites and human rights

NAIROBI, 23 January 2015 (IRIN Global) - The shocking satellite imagery of the destruction in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga and nearby villages earlier this month provided graphic evidence of the extent of the crimes by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram when they stormed in. full report

Myanmar’s reform roller coaster

Nairobi, 23 January 2015 (IRIN Asia) - MSF's announcement that it has resumed operations in Rakhine state is welcome news. But the space for humanitarian agencies shifts in line with Myanmar's stumbling reform process. And in an election year, it could become an increasingly bumpy ride. full report

In the UN’s gun sights: one of DRC’s most infamous rebel groups

NAIROBI, 23 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo are set to launch an offensive against one of the oldest insurgencies in the east of the country. But who exactly are the targets of the operation? full report

Accountability after Haiyan

London, 21 January 2015 (IRIN Asia) - When Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines in November 2013, the emergency response was a test case for the aid industry's aspiration to be accountable to affected populations. What lessons were learnt? full report

Aid at risk as Afghanistan's war splinters

LONDON, 19 January 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Delivering aid to millions of Afghans in need will be even more dangerous in 2015, as government forces and militant groups splinter and security deteriorates, analysts say. full report

Syria envoy plays the ISIS card, but will it work?

LONDON, 16 January 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The UN's special envoy to Syria is trying to use the fear of ISIS to push for peace. It is likely to be a hard sell. full report

Violence, arrests and mistrust ahead of Burundi polls

BUJUMBURA, 16 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - This year's polls are supposed to move Burundi further away from a conflict-blighted past towards stable democracy. But a major battle with unidentified rebels, the arrest of politicians and increasing mistrust between the government and opposition are creating a tense electoral climate. full report

Nigerian lives matter - the Baga controversy

NAIROBI, 15 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Two thousand killed or 150? Controversy surrounds the death toll in the northern Nigerian town of Baga following an attack in early January by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. full report

Boko Haram and Nigeria's future - five key questions answered*

NAIROBI, 13 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The terrible news keeps on coming from Nigeria’s embattled northeast. Two suspected child suicide bombers reportedly blew themselves up in a crowded market on Sunday – the second such attack in two days linked to Boko Haram in which young girls were strapped with explosives. Meanwhile, the Islamic extremist group has maintained the momentum of its more conventional attacks, capturing the town of Baga last week on the border with Chad and deliberately executing civilians (earlier reports of up to 2,000 dead by Amnesty International have been disputed by the military. But the true figure remains unknown). full report

Uneven Distributions: What we talk about when we talk about Ebola

LONDON, 13 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - In the first of IRIN's "Open Forum" guest columns humanitarian consultant Paul Currion asks what it would take to keep the public's attention on Ebola. full report

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