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
Farmers turn to fishing as Zimbabwe crops fail
31 August 2015
The lean season in Zimbabwe has rarely been so lean. Harvests have failed across the country after a cruel combination of late rains, floods and drought. Farmers are turning their hand to just about anything to ensure their families don't starve...
Is South Sudan’s latest peace accord the real deal?
26 August 2015
After months of foot-dragging and under the threat of United Nations sanctions, South Sudan President Salva Kiir today finally signed a power-sharing agreement aimed at ending the country’s civil war. But will it stick?
The lost childhoods behind our chocolate
25 August 2015
An estimated 1.62 million children are forced to work in Cote d'Ivoire each year. The majority spend their days in cocoa fields, cultivating the beans that will eventually become chocolate.
Burundi diary - inauguration day
20 August 2015
In this latest installment of his Bujumbura Diary, IRIN correspondent Desire Nimubona reflects on the insecurity in his country on the day that President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a controversial third term in office.
Ebola scares off trainee nurses in Liberia
18 August 2015
Liberia was in dire need of more doctors and nurses before the Ebola outbreak began. Now the situation is getting even more desperate as many Liberians considering a medical career are being put off because they’re afraid of catching the virus.