Great Lakes

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

As Burundi goes to the polls, journalism is a high-risk job

BUJUMBURA, 29 June 2015 (IRIN) - Parliamentary and local elections take place in Burundi today after two months of protests and in defiance of international calls for the polls to be postponed. Here our correspondent, Désiré Nimubona, reflects on the challenges of operating as an independent journalist in a country where all media voices except those operated by the state have been silenced. Amid threats and attacks, dozens of reporters have fled to neighbouring states. full report

The week in numbers

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN) - A new weekly feature rounding up the key figures in crisis and humanitarian reporting. full report

Words are weapons as Burundi heads to the polls

BUJUMBURA, 25 June 2015 (IRIN) - In the weeks ahead of Monday’s highly contentious parliamentary elections in Burundi, a profusion of hate speech has been used as a key tool to whip up support in a campaign marred by harassment, intimidation and violence: full report

How goes the hunt for Joseph Kony and the LRA?

KAMPALA, 23 June 2015 (IRIN) - US special forces joined the hunt for Joseph Kony and the leaders of his Lord’s Resistance Army almost four years ago. So, what progress has been made, are they any closer to catching him, and what else can be done? full report

Forgive and forget? Amnesty dilemma haunts Uganda

KAMPALA, 12 June 2015 (IRIN) - Should rebels who turn themselves in be allowed to escape justice for potentially heinous crimes if it might foster peace, or must they be prosecuted even at the risk of discouraging reconciliation? The renewal of Uganda’s amnesty law has reopened old wounds and highlighted this enduring dilemma. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Burundi, bombs and bogus claims

DUBAI, 5 June 2015 (IRIN) - This week our Top Picks cover the deadly civilian toll in Yemen, Burundi, the battle against self-declared Islamic State in Iraq, an alleged aid scandal in Haiti, and how to change the global aid infrastructure for the better: full report

Fleeing insecurity and cholera, Burundians pour into Uganda

KAMPALA, 4 June 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of Burundian refugees have made their way to Uganda, having fled insecurity at home and a cholera outbreak in Tanzania. Ugandan officials say they are struggling to cope with the influx. full report