West Africa

Cameroonians plagued by urban flooding

DOUALA, 1 July 2015 (IRIN) - Rapid urbanization in Cameroon's Douala city and an increase in annual rainfall in the region is putting more people at risk of flooding each year. The latest storm affected more than 30,000 people, destroying homes, businesses and livelihoods. full report

Niger: Boko Haram's neglected crisis

NIAMEY/DAKAR, 29 June 2015 (IRIN) - Nigerian families first began seeking refuge in Niger in 2013, but Boko Haram-related violence in the region has spiked in recent months, causing the number of refugees to balloon and leading to a fast-growing humanitarian crisis that is garnering little international media attention: full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Open data, clichés and bush meat

DUBAI, 26 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

Bush meat trade roaring again despite Ebola ban

MONROVIA, 24 June 2015 (IRIN) - Bush meat - a known source of the Ebola virus - can once again be found in markets across Liberia and on people's plates, despite a ban on its sale. full report

Avian flu threatens West Africa poultry farmers

OUAGADOUGOU, 23 June 2015 (IRIN) - The loss, since January, of more than 1.7 million birds across five countries in West Africa is threatening the livelihoods of poultry farmers across the region. full report

Stateless in the Sahel

BAMAKO, 18 June 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of children born to Mauritanian refugees in Mali are at risk of becoming stateless because they have not been issued birth certificates. full report

Turn on the taps to defeat the next Ebola

DAKAR, 15 June 2015 (IRIN) - It is a cruel irony that many of the top doctors and nurses in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will not be around to help rebuild their health systems in the wake of Ebola, having succumbed themselves to the virus. For those that are, the biggest challenges are likely to be electricity, sanitation, and, most of all, water. full report

Ghana hard hit by flooding, once again

ACCRA, 12 June 2015 (IRIN) - Ghana's rainy season causes flooding in the capital, Accra, each year, but little has been done to improve the city's sewage and drainage systems, and more and more people are being affected. full report

Stigma leaves Liberia’s Ebola workers high and dry

MONROVIA, 11 June 2015 (IRIN) - Liberia's Ebola outbreak is finally over, but many Liberians who risked their lives helping in the year-long battle to eradicate the virus are now being discriminated against and are struggling to find work due to lingering stigma and fear: full report

Photo feature: Mali refugees find common ground in a foreign market

NOUAKCHOTT, 10 June 2015 (IRIN) - Tensions between different ethnic groups in northern Mali have long run high, but at a market in neighbouring Mauritania, people are finding a way to get along. full report