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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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

South Africa’s xenophobia problem: dispelling the myths

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN) - Xenophobia doesn’t exist in isolation. It needs social problems and economic hardship to flourish. After an upsurge in violence in Durban and Johannesburg that has claimed seven lives and forced more than 5,000 people to flee their homes, here’s a look at South Africa’s long history of xenophobia and some of the misconceptions that have been allowed to take root. full report

Kenya's anti-terror border wall sparks heated debate

NAIROBI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN) - Kenya has begun building a separation barrier along its 700-kilometre border with Somalia. The government says it wants to keep out members of Al-Shabab, whose attacks have claimed hundreds of lives in Kenya. But not everyone things it is such a good plan. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: White elephants, corruption and IEDs

DUBAI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN) - This week's Top Picks features MSF's executive director on the dangers of mixing military and humanitarian missions, how homemade bombs affect aid work in Afghanistan, wasted Ebola funds in West Africa, the links between corruption and conflict in South Sudan, and much more. full report

Thousands of Burundians flee as election tensions rise

BUGESERA, 14 April 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of Burundians have fled their country, fearing it might descend into violence ahead of a presidential election scheduled for June. “Burundi is sitting on a time-bomb and it's sad that the outside world does not care,” one refugee said. full report

Cameroon soldiers defy Boko Haram in polio battle

MAROUA, 13 April 2015 (IRIN) - How do you vaccinate women and children against polio in remote areas prey to attack from Boko Haram militants? Arm the soldiers with vaccine. This is exactly what has happened with great success in northern Cameroon. full report

Repatriation threat alarms Somali refugees in Kenya

DADAAB, Kenya, 13 April 2015 (IRIN) - A threat from Kenya’s deputy president to send back hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the wake of the Garissa university shooting has prompted alarm in the camps and rebuke from advocacy groups and even some MPs. full report

Somali refugees feel remittance pain after Kenya attack

DADAAB REFUGEE COMPLEX, Kenya, 10 April 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees are among those hardest hit by Kenya’s closure of money remittance firms in the wake of the 2 April shooting of at least 147 university students in Garissa by Al-Shabab militants full report

Pros and cons of Sierra Leone's Ebola lockdowns

FREETOWN, 9 April 2015 (IRIN) - Government-enforced "stay-at-homes" in Sierra Leone might help find hidden Ebola cases, but they also hurt people's livelihoods full report