East Africa

In photos: A decade on, effects of Uganda's war linger

NAIROBI, 30 January 2015 (IRIN) - A senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court this week to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Although the LRA has not been active in northern Uganda for a decade, the effects of their 20-year war with the government linger on. full report

From jungle to justice: LRA at The Hague

NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - Almost 10 years after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him, Dominic Ongwen, a senior member of the Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group, finally appeared in The Hague today. IRIN looks back at its LRA coverage over the years. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: IDPs, Yemen, War Pillage and Ebola

DUBAI, 22 January 2015 (IRIN) - Our top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

Nice and dirty – the importance of soil

NAIROBI, 16 January 2015 (IRIN) - Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff. full report

IRIN's Top Picks – Cost of War, Haiti and the fear of indicators

DUBAI, 15 January 2015 (IRIN) - Our top picks from the humanitarian world this week, as selected by our network of specialist reporters. full report

Cows and conflict: South Sudan's “slow motion” livestock crisis

KAMPALA, 15 January 2015 (IRIN) - On top of thousands of human casualties, South Sudan's civil war has had a major impact on the movement and health of vast numbers of livestock, in a way that has sparked fresh violence and threatens the country's social, political and economic fabric. full report

Heading to The Hague - Uganda reacts to surrender of top LRA man

KAMPALA, 14 January 2015 (IRIN) - Some want him tried in The Hague; others in Kampala. Others still say he should receive an amnesty for his alleged crimes against humanity. Top rebel commander Dominic Ongwen was abducted into a Ugandan insurgency at the age of 10. His surrender earlier this month is eliciting very mixed feelings from his compatriots. full report

Kenya's security act threatens refugees

NAIROBI/DADAAB, 5 January 2015 (IRIN) - Human rights groups are warning that Kenya's controversial Security Amendment Act still poses a threat to refugees' rights despite a high court decision on Friday that suspends parts of the bill for 30 days pending a full court hearing. full report

Terrorism hits education, health in Kenya’s marginalized Mandera

NAIROBI, 28 November 2014 (IRIN) - People in northern Kenya’s marginalized Mandera County face a devastating loss of basic services as teachers, healthcare workers and other state employees face calls to leave in the wake of a terrorist attack which claimed 28 bus passengers. full report

Abandoned in the borderlands

KIIR ADEM, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Longstanding humanitarian needs in South Sudan’s Aweil North County, where some 30,000 people are displaced, are largely unmet. full report
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