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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Ex-rebels in CAR live in fear and rotting barracks

BANGUI, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - Ex-Séléka rebels in the Central African Republic are living in a terrible state in overgrown and disused army barracks in the capital Bangui. Too scared to venture out, even when they are sick, the former fighters await an uncertain fate as a special court prepares investigate widespread abuses. full report

Ugandan rebel leader’s arrest a shot in the arm for justice

Kampala, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - The arrest in Tanzania of the leader of one of the longest-standing insurgencies in Africa’s Great Lakes region marks a step forward for justice and accountability but is unlikely to bring an end to the transnational network he leads. full report

Briefing: Is Mali’s peace process in peril?

BAMAKO, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - As Tuareg rebels drag their feet on signing the latest peace deal, violence is erupting once again in northern Mali. Here's a look at why the situation might unravel and what the stakes are: full report

Kenya backpedals on closure of Somali refugee camp

NAIROBI, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - Kenya appears to have softened its stance on the imminent closure of a camp hosting more than a third of a million Somali refugees, weeks after the deputy president announced it would happen within three months, in a reaction to the massacre at Garissa University. full report

Vaccination teams defeat 'Ebola effect' in Guinea

GUECKEDOU, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - Trying to convince Guinean parents that a measles vaccine is good for their children is no easy task. West Africa's Ebola epidemic began here and the rumour mill has been working overtime ever since. So how did vaccination teams manage to overcome this so-called 'Ebola effect'? full report

Who are the Imbonerakure and is Burundi unravelling?*

BUJUMBURA, 28 April 2015 (IRIN) - There are widespread reports that the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, known as the Imbonerakure, are waging a campaign of intimidation and violence to help President Pierre Nkurunziza win a third term in June elections. Here's a look at the origins of the group and the fast-evolving situation in a country still on edge after a brutal 12-year civil war: full report

A year on, Guineans finally lay Ebola souls to rest

GUECKEDOU, 28 April 2015 (IRIN) - It is hard to put their anguish into words. After losing loved ones to Ebola, Guineans following traditional customs have waited more than a year to honour the dead due to government restrictions on public gatherings. Finally, the souls of the departed may be at peace. full report

Tough homecoming for Zimbabwean migrants fleeing xenophobia

HARARE, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - More than 2,000 Zimbabweans displaced by xenophobic attacks in South Africa have packed their bags for home. But Zimbabwe, a country teetering on the verge of economic collapse, is unlikely to offer them the means to restart their lives. full report

Will latest migrant tragedy shame EU into action?

GENEVA, 22 April 2015 (IRIN) - Despite a strong public show of unity and a pricked conscience, Europe's leaders are struggling to overcome their selfish national interests and make the tough choices needed to save migrant lives in the Mediterranean. full report

Is Kenya’s security policy the real enemy within?

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN) - The Kenyan government has threatened to eject 350,000 Somali refugees and even to build a wall along its entire border with Somalia, but perhaps the real enemies within are poor governance and stalled police reforms full report