Burkina Faso: ‘There must be justice’

Fourteen civilians were killed and hundreds of others injured during post-coup violence in Burkina Faso in September. Will the security forces believed to be responsible be held accountable? full report

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How Burundi’s political crisis has crippled its economy

BUJUMBURA, 12 February 2016 (IRIN) - The crisis that erupted in Burundi in April 2015 following Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a controversial third term as president has claimed more than 400 lives and caused more than 230,000 people to flee the country, according to the UN. But it isn’t just the citizens who have suffered - the economy is in a bad way too. full report

Drought spells disaster for Somali herders

HARGEISA/GAROWE, 11 February 2016 (IRIN) - Two consecutive seasons of drought across northern Somalia are driving tens of thousands of pastoralists to hunger and debt. full report

Books not bombs for Sudan refugees

YIDA, 9 February 2016 (IRIN) - One of the first stops for people fleeing the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan region is the town of Yida, 20 kilometres across the border in South Sudan. full report

Briefing: The new Jihadist strategy in the Sahel

NAIROBI, 4 February 2016 (IRIN) - Security has been intense over the last few weeks in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with police and soldiers on the streets, vehicle searches, and round-ups of alleged Islamist militants. full report

Burundi - nobody to the rescue?

NAIROBI, 29 January 2016 (IRIN) - It’s almost a given that African leaders meeting this weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will not override Burundi’s objections and endorse the deployment of a 5,000-strong intervention force to help end the violence in the troubled country. full report

Southern Africa’s food crisis in numbers

NAIROBI, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food. full report

Oil crash exposes Angola’s era of excess

NAIROBI, 26 January 2016 (IRIN) - There’s never a good time for a drought, but this is a particularly bad period for Angola as it struggles to cope with shrinking revenues as a result of the global oil price crash. full report

The refugee camp that became a city

DADAAB, 20 January 2016 (IRIN) - When Halima Abdi fled the civil war in Somalia with her young daughter, she hoped her stay across the border in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp would be short-lived. full report

Uganda’s Karamoja faces drought emergency

KAMPALA, 19 January 2016 (IRIN) - At least 640,000 people in Uganda’s northeastern Karamoja region – more than half its population – are facing food shortages as a result of a drought-affected harvest. full report

Can the UN patch things up in Congo?

KINSHASA, 15 January 2016 (IRIN) - A year ago, the Congolese army and MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were supposed to launch joint operations to take on Rwandan Hutu rebels. Everything was planned down to the last detail, before a major difference of opinion stopped the effort in its tracks. full report