No shortage of recruits for Boko Haram in Cameroon’s Far North

Young people in northern Cameroon, who lack access to school and employment, are increasingly joining the ranks of Boko Haram. full report

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Nigeria's election - "anything fit happen"

ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that the risk of major political violence increases. full report

Zimbabwe on alert over cholera threat

HARARE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN) - Children play on the dumpsite in the Budiriro suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, scrambling through the garbage and ignoring the clouds of flies and overpowering stench from the rotting, untreated waste. full report

One year on: why Ebola is not yet over in Guinea

CONAKRY/DAKAR, 23 March 2015 (IRIN) - The Ebola outbreak, which was first declared on 22 March 2014, continues to ravage the country, in large part because information campaigns have failed to bring about comprehensive changes in behavior and beliefs. full report

Beyond the outbreak: leading expert on what the Ebola crisis can teach us

LONDON, 19 March 2015 (IRIN) - What lessons can be drawn from the Ebola crisis? Epidemiologist Jimmy Whitworth talks to IRIN about treatment, prevention, “research windows,” and how little has changed since an 1854 cholera epidemic. full report

A long wait for home – how Ebola kept refugees stuck in Liberia

ABIDJAN, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nearly 38,000 Ivorian refugees living in Liberia have been unable to return home since July 2014, when Cote d’Ivoire closed its borders with Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak. full report

Women and malnutrition – the case of South Sudan

KODOK, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) - Pregnant breastfeeding women are the demographic group most at risk of malnutrition in South Sudan after children, making up some 12 percent of all those on supplementary feeding programmes. full report

"Let’s finish the job" : UN Ebola envoy

DAKAR, 16 March 2015 (IRIN) - At the height of the Ebola outbreak in September, the United Nations appointed public health expert Dr. David Nabarro as its Special Envoy on Ebola. He spoke to IRIN from New York about ongoing challenges and lessons learned. full report

Photo gallery: Ebola overshadows Decoration Day in Liberia

MONROVIA, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of recently bereaved Liberian families, in the wake of the ongoing Ebola outbreak, have no graves to visit this year on Decoration Day. full report

Nigerian police neglect widows of cops slain by Boko Haram - study

NAIROBI, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - The Nigerian Police Force is not only failing to pay all the financial benefits owed to the families of their men killed in action against Boko Haram militants, but in some cases sexual favours and kickbacks have been demanded of the widows in return for the dues they did receive, according to new research in the northern city of Kano’s police command. full report

Selective justice fears revived in Côte d'Ivoire

ABIDJAN, 11 March 2015 (IRIN) - The sentencing of Côte d'Ivoire’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, could reignite longstanding tensions in the country, where social, ethnic and religious divides have run deep for more than a decade. full report