Boko Haram takes aim at election

Three bomb explosions in the space of two days in northern Nigeria signal a resumption of urban terror tactics by Boko Haram, a jihadist group that wants to demonstrate it is still a force to be reckoned with despite recent military setbacks, according to analysts. full report

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No shortage of recruits for Boko Haram in Cameroon’s Far North

FAR NORTH, CAMEROON, 5 March 2015 (IRIN) - Young people in northern Cameroon, who lack access to school and employment, are increasingly joining the ranks of Boko Haram. full report

Disaster-prone Madagascar battles flooding and drought

ANTANANARIVO, 5 March 2015 (IRIN) - Authorities in Madagascar are struggling to respond to increasingly severe flooding in the central highlands region of the country that includes the capital, Antananarivo, in addition to a prolonged drought in the south. full report

Boko Haram violence displaces 1.2 million Nigerians

NAIROBI, 4 March 2015 (IRIN) - More than 1.2 million people have been driven from their homes in northern Nigeria, the vast majority as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the latest figures released by the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA). full report

Ebola: Liberia's long road to recovery

BO-WATERSIDE, LIBERIA, 4 March 2015 (IRIN) - Liberia has lifted nationwide curfews and reopened its land borders with key trading partners Sierra Leone and Guinea, but a full recovery from the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak will take time. Many people have lost their jobs and more than 80 percent of rural families and three-quarters of urban households now report being food insecure. full report

Preventing the next Ebola - the world's worst healthcare systems

BEIRUT, 3 March 2015 (IRIN) - An interactive guide to the world's worst health systems full report

ICC Uganda visit prompts fresh calls for state "crimes" probe

LIRA, 2 March 2015 (IRIN) - The International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s visit to Uganda has prompted fresh calls for the tribunal to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by government forces fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency in the north of the country. full report

Why was the UN sidelined in "joint" DRC operation against rebels?

GOMA, 26 February 2015 (IRIN) - This week, a long-awaited military offensive began against a Rwandan rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It had been planned as a joint operation between Congolese government forces and a unique combat unit of United Nations peacekeepers. But by the time the gunfire began on Tuesday, the partnership had broken down and the UN had been side-lined. full report

Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief

DAKAR, 24 February 2015 (IRIN) - WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak. full report

No longer at ease: Tackling the trauma of Boko Haram

KANO, 23 February 2015 (IRIN) - Nigerian society celebrates resilience – the ability to cope with adversity. But the growing number of people coming through the doors of the Crisis and Trauma Counselling Centre (CTCC) in the northern city of Kano suggests people sometimes need a little help to get by. full report

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Ebola: Back to school, but is it safe?

Monrovia/Freetown, 20 February 2015 (IRIN) - Millions of students in Liberia and Sierra will soon be back in school for the first time in more than six months, but concerns over Ebola remain. full report