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Drought spells disaster for Somali herders

HARGEISA/GAROWE, 11 February 2016 (IRIN) - Two consecutive seasons of drought across northern Somalia are driving tens of thousands of pastoralists to hunger and debt. full report

Somalia offers Yemenis a safer home

GARDO, 2 February 2016 (IRIN) - Somalia is the new home for 30,560 people who have fled the fighting in Yemen and are trying to adjust to life in a country that – while no longer written off as a “failed state” – certainly has its challenges. full report

The refugee camp that became a city

DADAAB, 20 January 2016 (IRIN) - When Halima Abdi fled the civil war in Somalia with her young daughter, she hoped her stay across the border in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp would be short-lived. full report

An unwanted guest: El Niño and Africa in 2016

NAIROBI, 23 December 2015 (IRIN) - El Niño is the largely unwanted Christmas gift – a warming of the tropical Pacific causing drought and floods that will peak at the end of this month, but will impact weather systems around the globe into 2016. So what does that really mean for these vulnerable regions in the coming year? With the perils of weather forecasting acknowledged, here’s a snapshot. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Syrian sketches, sugary deals and sheer generosity

LONDON, 13 November 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

Do we still care about the F word?

ISTANBUL, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Famine, one of the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, used to have the power to provoke global campaigns. Nowadays, the general public barely bats an eyelid. full report

Walking into danger: migrants still head to Yemen

HARGEISA, 11 August 2015 (IRIN) - Yemen has long been a transit point for Ethiopians heading to Gulf states in search of employment, and also hosts almost a quarter of a million refugees from Somalia. Civil war in Yemen may have made travelling there even more dangerous, but it has done little to slow the flow of arrivals from across the Red Sea. full report

Somaliland losing youth to lure of Europe

HARGEISA, 16 July 2015 (IRIN) - As the European Union continues to engage in deeply divisive talks about how to deal with the influx to its shores, Somaliland is having its own conversation about why so many of its young people are risking everything to reach Europe. full report

Memento Mori

LONDON, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - It is easy to laugh at aid workers, but every year, hundreds are killed, kidnapped or injured doing their jobs. We need to do more to honour them. full report

Fewer aid worker attacks. That’s good, right?

BEIRUT, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - Attacks on aid workers declined last year but were still the second highest on record, new data shows. Are aid organisations getting smarter or more risk averse? full report

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