Southern Africa

Where in the world is Zika?

LONDON, 3 February 2016 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization has declared that the strong links between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly should be treated as a global public health emergency. IRIN maps the range of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the Zika virus it spreads. full report

Zika virus takes hold in Colombia

Bogotá, 1 February 2016 (IRIN) - Since being infected with the Zika virus a month ago, Wendy Johana Castillo has been experiencing pain all over her body, a recurring fever and a skin rash. But the 23-year-old Colombian is more concerned about her unborn baby. 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

New Year, same old problems for Zimbabwe

HARARE, 7 January 2016 (IRIN) - Over the next three months, 1.5 million Zimbabweans will be short of food until the new harvest comes in – and even then it’s expected to be a meagre crop. full report

An unwanted guest: El Niño and Africa in 2016

NAIROBI, 23 December 2015 (IRIN) - El Niño is the largely unwanted Christmas gift – a warming of the tropical Pacific causing drought and floods that will peak at the end of this month, but will impact weather systems around the globe into 2016. So what does that really mean for these vulnerable regions in the coming year? With the perils of weather forecasting acknowledged, here’s a snapshot. full report

COP21: Southern Africa's food crisis - from bad to worse

NAIROBI, 4 December 2015 (IRIN) - Close to 29 million people in southern Africa are already facing food shortages as a result of this season’s poor harvest, but worse could be on the way. full report

Farmers turn to fishing as Zimbabwe crops fail

WEDZA, Zimbabwe, 31 August 2015 (IRIN) - The lean season in Zimbabwe has rarely been so lean. Harvests have failed across the country after a cruel combination of late rains, floods and drought. Farmers are turning their hand to just about anything to ensure their families don't starve... 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

Need asylum in South Africa? Pay a bribe

OXFORD, 22 July 2015 (IRIN) - In South Africa, asylum seekers and refugees in need of documentation often have no choice but to pay for it. So says a new report exposing how corruption and bribery have permeated nearly every level of the country’s asylum system: from border crossings, to queues outside refugee reception offices, to what takes place inside those offices. full report