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.
IRIN’s Top Picks: White elephants, corruption and IEDs
17 April 2015
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.
Thousands of Burundians flee as election tensions rise
14 April 2015
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.
Cameroon soldiers defy Boko Haram in polio battle
13 April 2015
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.
Repatriation threat alarms Somali refugees in Kenya
13 April 2015
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.
Oil-rich Delta poses first big test for Nigeria's new leader
9 April 2015
An early test for Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari is how his incoming administration will handle the volatile oil revenue-generating Delta, where former militia commanders pledged their support to Goodluck Jonathan, their clansman, who was emphatically beaten in the 28 March presidential election.
Sierra Leone's missing Ebola millions
30 March 2015
Taxpayers and individual donors contributed some $18 million to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, where the disease has killed almost 3,800 people. When public auditors examined how the money had been spent, they found that records for more than half of the money were incomplete or entirely missing.
Nigeria's election - "anything fit happen"
27 March 2015
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.
Zimbabwe on alert over cholera threat
25 March 2015
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.