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Southern Africa’s food crisis in numbers

NAIROBI, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food. full report

Can the UN patch things up in Congo?

KINSHASA, 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. full report

Congo’s forgotten war: The militia of Mambasa

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. full report

Grappling with mental health challenges in Congo

BENI, 5 January 2016 (IRIN) - Years of conflict in the northeastern Congolese province of North Kivu has created a host of mental health challenges that the region is ill-equipped to deal with. Fledgling organisations try their best to fill the gap, but without systemic change, there is scant hope of progress. And who will pay for that? full report

Top Picks: The Arab Spring, arms to Yemen and why Myanmar wins

LONDON, 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. full report

As body count mounts, Burundi talks ever more urgent

BUJUMBURA, 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: full report

COP21: Southern Africa's food crisis - from bad to worse

NAIROBI, 4 December 2015 (IRIN) - Close to 29 million people in southern Africa are already facing food shortages as a result of this season’s poor harvest, but worse could be on the way. full report

Doubts plague Congo’s latest demobilisation programme

KINSASHA, 12 November 2015 (IRIN) - A major new attempt to return thousands of rebel fighters to civilian life in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been beset by delays and is still threatened by funding constraints and continuing insecurity, according to analysts, who also point to broader governance problems. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: City migration, trafficking ivory and cross-border disasters

LONDON, 30 October 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. full report

Vote limbo for Central African refugees

BERTOUA/DAKAR, 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. full report

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