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Where in the world is Zika?

LONDON, 3 February 2016 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization has declared that the strong links between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly should be treated as a global public health emergency. IRIN maps the range of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the Zika virus it spreads. full report

Uganda’s Karamoja faces drought emergency

KAMPALA, 19 January 2016 (IRIN) - At least 640,000 people in Uganda’s northeastern Karamoja region – more than half its population – are facing food shortages as a result of a drought-affected harvest. full report

Uganda feels the strain of the Burundi crisis

KAMPALA, 11 January 2016 (IRIN) - For the past three years, the war raging across Uganda’s northern border in South Sudan has been pushing its refugee-hosting abilities to breaking point. But it is now the simmering violence to the south in Burundi that could tip the situation over the edge. 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

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

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

Burundi crisis gets serious for regional leaders

NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - Burundi’s political crisis is centred on a leader who is refusing to leave office after almost 10 years. The man sent in to mediate has been in power for almost 30. Apart from that irony, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s arrival in Bujumbura underlines just how high the stakes are for regional leaders. full report

NGOs alarmed by ‘draconian’ Uganda bill

KAMPALA, 10 July 2015 (IRIN) - Humanitarian response in Uganda could be severely compromised if parliament adopts a bill that regulates NGOs and criminalises non-compliance, aid agencies have warned. full report

For Ugandan children born of war, the struggle continues

KAMPALA, 7 July 2015 (IRIN) - Actual combat may have ended almost a decade ago in northern Uganda, but for many women abducted by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the children they conceived in captivity, the war is far from over. full report

The week in numbers

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN) - A new weekly feature rounding up the key figures in crisis and humanitarian reporting. full report

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