West Africa

Prisons ignoring the rights of Ivorian youth

ABIDJAN, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of children in Cote d'Ivoire are living among adult prisoners in detention centres as they await trial. full report

Insecurity fuels food shortages in northern Cameroon

MAROUA, 19 May 2015 (IRIN) - Nearly 200,000 people in northern Cameroon don't have enough to eat due to ongoing attacks by Boko Haram. full report

What a funding crisis is doing to AIDS patients in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, 14 May 2015 (IRIN) - Funding shortfalls mean food programmes for HIV/AIDS patients in Burkina Faso are being cut back, leaving thousands of vulnerable people at risk: full report

The pain of the new normal: Guinea after Ebola

GUECKEDOU, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - The Ebola outbreak has ended in many parts of Guinea, but things are not as they were before. Life carries on, but the stigma and the emotional scars linger as people try to get used to the new normal: full report

Boko Haram attacks spark education crisis in Cameroon

MAROUA, Cameroon, 12 May 2015 (IRIN) - Cross-border attacks by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon have led to the closure of more than 120 schools and halted the education of tens of thousands of children displaced by the violence. full report

Ebola’s silver lining: Guineans learn to have faith in hospitals

GUECKEDOU, 8 May 2015 (IRIN) - Seeking out medical help from a féticheur (medicine man, traditional healer, witch doctor or sorcerer depending on what service they are providing) has long been a part of Guinea’s culture and customs. But when Ebola struck, their curative powers were found to be lacking, and Guineans are learning to have more faith in their hospitals. full report

Schools reopen, but Ebola keeps pupils on the streets

FREETOWN, 6 May 2015 (IRIN) - Fear and poverty are keeping many children in Sierra Leone out of classrooms and on the streets hawking or labouring– another effect of the Ebola outbreak that kept schools closed for nine months. full report

How serious are Guinea protests?

CONAKRY, 5 May 2015 (IRIN) - There appears to be little appetite for the Guinean opposition’s promised campaign of civil disobedience. However, deep-rooted ethnic tensions, suspicions over Ebola and simmering resentment for the security forces could still see pre-election protests boil over. full report

Guinea Ebola diary: In the land of lost handshakes

GUECKEDOU, Guinea, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - IRIN’s West Africa editor Jennifer Lazuta recently spent eight days in Guinea travelling in and around the town of Gueckedou in the heart of the country’s Forest Region, where the Ebola outbreak is believed to have begun in December 2013. full report

Briefing: Is Mali’s peace process in peril?

BAMAKO, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - As Tuareg rebels drag their feet on signing the latest peace deal, violence is erupting once again in northern Mali. Here's a look at why the situation might unravel and what the stakes are: full report