West Africa

No shortage of recruits for Boko Haram in Cameroon’s Far North

FAR NORTH, CAMEROON, 5 March 2015 (IRIN) - Young people in northern Cameroon, who lack access to school and employment, are increasingly joining the ranks of Boko Haram. full report

Ebola: Liberia's long road to recovery

BO-WATERSIDE, LIBERIA, 4 March 2015 (IRIN) - Liberia has lifted nationwide curfews and reopened its land borders with key trading partners Sierra Leone and Guinea, but a full recovery from the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak will take time. Many people have lost their jobs and more than 80 percent of rural families and three-quarters of urban households now report being food insecure. full report

Boko Haram violence displaces 1.2 million Nigerians

NAIROBI, 4 March 2015 (IRIN) - More than 1.2 million people have been driven from their homes in northern Nigeria, the vast majority as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the latest figures released by the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA). full report

A marriage of convenience: the UK military and NGOs

LONDON, 3 March 2015 (IRIN) - It's an interesting moment for the UK armed forces. Currently their biggest overseas deployment is not military at all, in the normal sense of the world, but humanitarian, as part of Operation Gritrock, fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone. There they are working alongside civilian health staff and NGOs, and under the leadership of a civilian official from the overseas development ministry. full report

Preventing the next Ebola - the world's worst healthcare systems

BEIRUT, 3 March 2015 (IRIN) - An interactive guide to the world's worst health systems full report

Working to keep the peace: The impact of job schemes on ex-rebels

NAIROBI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN) - Job-creation schemes are the traditional way to tackle the post-conflict problem of unemployed ex-fighters and to reduce the threat they can pose to peace and stability in fragile states. full report

Boko Haram takes aim at Nigeria's elections

NAIROBI, 25 February 2015 (IRIN) - Three bomb explosions in the space of two days in northern Nigeria signal a resumption of urban terror tactics by Boko Haram, a jihadist group that wants to demonstrate it is still a force to be reckoned with despite recent military setbacks, according to analysts. full report

Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief

DAKAR, 24 February 2015 (IRIN) - WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak. full report

No longer at ease: Tackling the trauma of Boko Haram

KANO, 23 February 2015 (IRIN) - Nigerian society celebrates resilience – the ability to cope with adversity. But the growing number of people coming through the doors of the Crisis and Trauma Counselling Centre (CTCC) in the northern city of Kano suggests people sometimes need a little help to get by. full report

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Ebola: Back to school, but is it safe?

Monrovia/Freetown, 20 February 2015 (IRIN) - Millions of students in Liberia and Sierra will soon be back in school for the first time in more than six months, but concerns over Ebola remain. full report