How fragile is Burundi's peace?

With 12,000 Burundians now taking refuge abroad, concern is growing that the fragile peace of the last decade could shatter if President Pierre Nkurunziza continues to pursue his controversial bid for a third term in June elections. Refugees allege a campaign of intimidation from ruling party thugs and the US State Department is already talking about a "climate of fear" full report

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Prisons ignoring the rights of Ivorian youth

ABIDJAN, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of children in Cote d'Ivoire are living among adult prisoners in detention centres as they await trial. full report

Many fleeing Burundi have no wish to return

KIGOMA, Tanzania, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies are warning a cholera outbreak is creating major health crisis among tens of thousands of people who have fled Burundi for neighbouring Tanzania. It's a journey many of the refugees have made before. Some have no desire to return home. full report

Insecurity fuels food shortages in northern Cameroon

MAROUA, 19 May 2015 (IRIN) - Nearly 200,000 people in northern Cameroon don't have enough to eat due to ongoing attacks by Boko Haram. full report

Film: When the war came back - A South Sudan village relives the effects of conflict

KANDAK, South Sudan, 18 May 2015 (IRIN) - Kandak, a small village in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, eight days walk from the Ethiopian border, has paid a high price for its unfortunate location in the midst of Sudan’s civil wars. This film explores the impact of the current conflict. full report

BRIEFING: Can new pact bring peace to the CAR?

GOMA, 15 May 2015 (IRIN) - Can the Central African Republic finally turn the page on decades of instability and conflict? Rebel groups and militias have signed a new peace pact aimed at putting the horrific violence of the past few years behind them. But will it work? full report

Lawyers see detainees in South Africa ‘xenophobia’ storm

JOHANNESBURG, 15 May 2015 (IRIN) - Human rights lawyers are interviewing hundreds of migrants rounded up last week in night raids by South African police, trying to ascertain if they should be exempt from deportation. full report

What now for Burundi? Five key risks

NAIROBI, 14 May 2015 (IRIN) - Hours before an army general in Burundi announced he had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza, a group of experts were making predictions before a packed audience in Nairobi. They turned out right. Here's what else they're warning of. full report

Zimbabwe plunges towards a food crisis

Mhondoro-Ngezi , 14 May 2015 (IRIN) - Farisai Moyo was hoping for a bumper harvest this year, but all he has to show for his hard work is a field of wilted maize – the result of a prolonged dry spell across much of Zimbabwe that is likely to tip the country into food crisis full report

What a funding crisis is doing to AIDS patients in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, 14 May 2015 (IRIN) - Funding shortfalls mean food programmes for HIV/AIDS patients in Burkina Faso are being cut back, leaving thousands of vulnerable people at risk: full report

Who is Burundi’s coup-maker?

BUJUMBURA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - Major-General Godefroid Niyombare has announced the ouster of President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi over his controversial bid to run for a third term in office. Here's a look at the man behind the apparent coup. full report