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IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths

LONDON, 28 August 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Rape, stigma, poverty: The lot of urban refugees in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Despite efforts to help refugees who settle in urban areas, many still face stigma, poverty and sexual assault. full report

Burundi diary - inauguration day

BURUNDI, 20 August 2015 (IRIN) - 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. full report

Amid clashes, many clinics close in eastern DRC

BENI, 18 August 2015 (IRIN) - Some 30,000 people in eastern DRC's Beni territory no longer have easy access to basic healthcare after dozens of clinics shut up shop because of staff fears of being attacked by rebels. full report

Refugee relations turn sour in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 11 August 2015 (IRIN) - Relations between many of the more than 250,000 refugees from the Central African Republic who fled into Cameroon and local host populations are becoming increasingly strained. full report

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

Mapped - the world's conflicts

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN) - An interactive map showing all the ongoing conflicts around the world. 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

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

Burundi crisis gets serious for regional leaders

NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - Burundi’s political crisis is centred on a leader who is refusing to leave office after almost 10 years. The man sent in to mediate has been in power for almost 30. Apart from that irony, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s arrival in Bujumbura underlines just how high the stakes are for regional leaders. full report