Horn of Africa

Araya's story

BIRMINGHAM, 6 July 2015 (IRIN) - After being granted refugee status in Europe, most refugees are keen to reunite with their families as soon as possible, but family reunification procedures for refugees have become increasingly restrictive and complex in many member states. IRIN spoke to a UK-based Eritrean refugee about her experience. full report

What you need to know about the global refugee crisis

LONDON, 18 June 2015 (IRIN) - We are witnessing the largest and most rapid escalation ever in the number of people being forced from their homes. In 2014, an average of 42,500 people were displaced every day. The world desperately needs to better responses. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Briefings, standards and cat-fights

DUBAI, 12 June 2015 (IRIN) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their 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

Eritrea rights report prompts protection rethink

OXFORD, 10 June 2015 (IRIN) - Several nations recently toughened their stance on asylum requests from Eritrea after a Danish report suggested those leaving the country do so largely for economic reasons. The results of a year-long UN inquiry into human rights in Eritrea now indicate this could have been a big mistake. full report

An ‘almost impossible job’ - 10 tips for the UN's next humanitarian boss

LONDON, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) - Former UN humanitarian chief John Holmes has a few words of advice for the next person to take up the job, British politician Stephen O'Brien. full report

Which way is up? Flatpacks alone can't solve global shelter crisis*

BELGRADE, 25 May 2015 (IRIN) - IKEA's new flatpack shelter partnership with the UNHCR is well and good, but how about reforming the process as well as the product? Now that could make a more profound difference, Paul Currion argues in his latest column. full report

Kenya backpedals on closure of Somali refugee camp

NAIROBI, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - Kenya appears to have softened its stance on the imminent closure of a camp hosting more than a third of a million Somali refugees, weeks after the deputy president announced it would happen within three months, in a reaction to the massacre at Garissa University. full report

Is Kenya’s security policy the real enemy within?

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN) - The Kenyan government has threatened to eject 350,000 Somali refugees and even to build a wall along its entire border with Somalia, but perhaps the real enemies within are poor governance and stalled police reforms full report

Kenya's anti-terror border wall sparks heated debate

NAIROBI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN) - Kenya has begun building a separation barrier along its 700-kilometre border with Somalia. The government says it wants to keep out members of Al-Shabab, whose attacks have claimed hundreds of lives in Kenya. But not everyone things it is such a good plan. full report

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

BELGRADE, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work. full report