East Africa

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

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: 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

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

Briefing: Darfur's deepening conflict*

NAIROBI, 2 June 2015 (IRIN) - Violence in Sudan’s Darfur has surged to levels not seen in a decade, with more than 150,000 people driven from their homes this year alone. The region’s long-suffering residents are also bearing the brunt of a measles epidemic. full report

South Sudan food crisis deepens amid tanking economy

NYUMANZI, Uganda, 1 June 2015 (IRIN) - Some 4.6 million people in South Sudan, about 40 percent of the country's population, will have major problems finding enough to eat over the next few months. After 17 months of renewed civil war, and amid falling oil prices, the country's economy is in dire straits. This report comes from a refugee site in neighbouring Uganda. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Obsessions, omissions and repetitions

DUBAI, 29 May 2015 (IRIN) - This week our Top Picks include a lament about the gap between tweets and action, a critique of unethical reporting of rape in Iraq, an analysis of opaque funding channels, an overview of NGO challenges in Syria and a detailed look at progress made since the 2006 signing of the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement. 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