West Africa

Briefing: The new Jihadist strategy in the Sahel

NAIROBI, 4 February 2016 (IRIN) - Security has been intense over the last few weeks in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with police and soldiers on the streets, vehicle searches, and round-ups of alleged Islamist militants. full report

Boko Haram arrests worsen Cameroon prison conditions

YAOUNDE, 6 January 2016 (IRIN) - Detention conditions in Cameroon's prisons are worsening as thousands of people suspected of having links with Boko Haram are thrown into jail. An ill-equipped court system fails to process the cases, while suspects languish indefinitely, and more and more arrive from the Far North Region each week. full report

A cold wind blows for Nigerians made homeless by Boko Haram

KADUNA, 5 January 2016 (IRIN) - The temperature is dropping across northern Nigeria as the seasonal Harmattan winds blow in a haze of dust from the Sahara, blotting out the sun for days on end. It’s miserable at the best of times, worse still if you’ve been made homeless by Boko Haram violence and don’t have decent shelter. full report

A look back at Ebola

DAKAR, 28 December 2015 (IRIN) - 2015 will hopefully be remembered as the year West Africa saw the back of Ebola. However, this is by no means assured, and the scars of a virus that has shattered communities and taken more than 11,000 lives will take a long time to heal. West Africa Editor Jennifer Lazuta looks back at the year through a selection of stories from the region. full report

This year's neglected migration crises

OXFORD, 21 December 2015 (IRIN) - In 2015, all eyes have been on the Mediterranean and Europe's so-called migration crisis. But people are being displaced in many other corners of the world away from the media's glare. According to the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, this year is likely to see worldwide forced displacement exceeding 60 million for the first time. Here are six under-reported migration stories. full report

How Boko Haram is killing off farms

YOLA, 17 December 2015 (IRIN) - More than 17,000 farmers in northeastern Nigeria have been displaced by Boko Haram since 2012. Thousands of other young people, who were to inherit these lands, have also been killed. Many are now asking: what does the future hold for Nigerian agriculture? full report

Top Picks: 2016 crisis watch, deadliest wars, rethinking Burundi

LONDON, 11 December 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

COP21: Climate change and conflict meet in Cameroon

KOUSSERI/DOUALA, 9 December 2015 (IRIN) - Boko Haram isn't the only menace in Cameroon. Tens of thousands of people are being driven from their homes as long periods of drought, followed by heavy rains and flooding, destroy their houses and their livelihoods. Can anything be done to help? full report

Is education Boko Haram’s biggest victim?

KADUNA/DAKAR, 7 December 2015 (IRIN) - The mass abduction of schoolgirls, the displacement of millions, and the relentless suicide attacks have received most of the Boko Haram headlines, but the exodus of teachers and the disintegration of the education system could be a longer-lasting legacy that sets northeastern Nigeria back a generation. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Landmines, mental health and making do in Lebanon

LONDON, 27 November 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