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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Church v state: a worrying dynamic for Burundi

BUJUMBURA, 4 August 2015 (IRIN) - The growing schism between the Catholic Church and Burundi’s political leadership is a particularly worrisome aspect of the fallout from President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, which has already seen dozens killed in protests and 175,000 people, mostly women and children, flee the country since April. full report

Ebola vaccine: reason to be hopeful?

DAKAR, 31 July 2015 (IRIN) - Researchers say an Ebola vaccine they were testing in Guinea is 100 percent effective. But will it be a game-changer? Experts weigh in. full report

Ebola effect ripples on in Liberian schools

MONROVIA, 31 July 2015 (IRIN) - When pupils in Liberia returned to school in March after a six-month Ebola-enforced closure they thought they would be studying for the next eight months straight, making up for lost learning time. On Friday they were sent home. full report

Cameroon pays high price for joining Boko Haram fight

MAROUA, 31 July 2015 (IRIN) - New security measures across much of Cameroon, which are meant to prevent more attacks by Boko Haram, are having a negative impact on people's livelihoods. full report

US food aid: Charity begins at home

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN) - More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid. full report

A tough homecoming in Central African Republic

BANGUI, 23 July 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of people have been returning to their homes in the Central African Republic more than a year after fleeing a violent and complex political crisis, in many cases to neighbouring countries. While security may have improved in some areas, resuming any semblance of a normal life is proving a major challenge for many returnees. full report

Need asylum in South Africa? Pay a bribe

OXFORD, 22 July 2015 (IRIN) - In South Africa, asylum seekers and refugees in need of documentation often have no choice but to pay for it. So says a new report exposing how corruption and bribery have permeated nearly every level of the country’s asylum system: from border crossings, to queues outside refugee reception offices, to what takes place inside those offices. full report

The Gravedigger and the President: Chadian torture victims face former president

N'DJAMENA/DAKAR, 22 July 2015 (IRIN) - Almost a quarter of a century after thousands of Chadians were allegedly imprisoned, killed and tortured during the rule of former president Hissène Habré, there is finally a chance for belated justice. Clement Abaifouta was only 23 when he was jailed and made to bury dead prisoners on an almost daily basis. Now 55, he has waited a long time to ask Habré: why? Watch: The Gravedigger and the President: full report

Three concerns ahead of Côte d’Ivoire poll

ABIDJAN, 21 July 2015 (IRIN) - Five years after Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed presidential election threw the country into turmoil and left more than 3,000 dead, its people are set to go to the polls again. Could we see similar unrest this October or will the West African nation turn the page and move forward? full report

Burundi diary: election day

BUJUMBURA, 21 July 2015 (IRIN) - Continuing a series of diary pieces, regular IRIN contributor Désiré Nimubona shares his thoughts amid a highly controversial presidential election. President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office has been widely condemned as unconstitutional. full report