Humanitarian Analysis

Kenya's anti-terror border wall sparks heated debate

NAIROBI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Kenya has begun building a separation barrier along its 700-kilometre border with Somalia. The government says it wants to keep out members of Al-Shabab, whose attacks have claimed hundreds of lives in Kenya. But not everyone things it is such a good plan. full report

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

BELGRADE, 15 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work. full report

Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean: What can be done?

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 15 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way. full report

Briefing: Should 'killer robots' be banned?

GENEVA, 14 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Drones are already doing a lot of killing on behalf of certain governments, but a human being still has to make a conscious decision somewhere and press a button. What if killing machines were programmed to take such decisions all by themselves? full report

Europe must stop exporting its migration fears – or face the consequences

LONDON, 13 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a new column, anthropologist and author of "Illegality, Inc." Ruben Andersson of the London School of Economics warns that European Union initiatives to collaborate with African states may fuel irregular migration rather than stem it. full report

Repatriation threat alarms Somali refugees in Kenya

DADAAB, Kenya, 13 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - A threat from Kenya’s deputy president to send back hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the wake of the Garissa university shooting has prompted alarm in the camps and rebuke from advocacy groups and even some MPs. full report

Oil-rich Delta poses first big test for Nigeria's new leader

PORT HARCOURT, 9 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - An early test for Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari is how his incoming administration will handle the volatile oil revenue-generating Delta, where former militia commanders pledged their support to Goodluck Jonathan, their clansman, who was emphatically beaten in the 28 March presidential election. full report

The new buzzword in aid – and why agencies are slow to act

NEW YORK, 9 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - 'Urban' is a new buzzword in humanitarian circles, but aid agencies, accustomed to working in more remote war zones or in the aftermath of natural disasters, have been slow to turn it into action full report

Pros and cons of Sierra Leone's Ebola lockdowns

FREETOWN, 9 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Government-enforced "stay-at-homes" in Sierra Leone might help find hidden Ebola cases, but they also hurt people's livelihoods full report

Is the Saudi war on Yemen legal?

BEIRUT, 3 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - In all the media coverage surrounding the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen in recent days, few have stopped to ask a fundamental question: Is it legal? full report

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