East Africa

South Sudan's delayed peace means no justice for war crime victims

KAMPALA, 6 March 2015 (IRIN) - Regional negotiators had warned that yesterday was the "last chance" for South Sudan's warring parties to reach a resolution, but even a renewed threat of sanctions from the international community was not enough to bring the two sides to an agreement. full report

ICC Uganda visit prompts fresh calls for state "crimes" probe

LIRA, 2 March 2015 (IRIN) - The International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s visit to Uganda has prompted fresh calls for the tribunal to investigate atrocities allegedly committed by government forces fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency in the north of the country. 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

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

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

Why South Sudan’s children are fighting again

NAIROBI, 12 February 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of children are fighting with government and rebel forces in South Sudan, reversing a painstaking demobilization program and fanning calls for war crimes trials as a better way to protect minors from recruitment. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Development dependency, Invisible Children and refugees

DUBAI, 5 February 2015 (IRIN) - Our top picks of this week's recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

The invisible lesson of Invisible Children

LONDON, 3 February 2015 (IRIN) - In the second of his columns for IRIN, Paul Currion reflects on the lessons to be drawn from the news that Invisible Children, the activist NGO, is winding down its operations. Widely criticised for its over simplified view of the Lord's Resistance Army - a Ugandan rebel group - IC managed to harness the power of digital media in a way mainstream humanitarian agencies could only envy. full report

South Sudan peace: Deal? What deal?

NAIROBI, 2 February 2015 (IRIN) - Expectations were low after more than a year of catastrophic conflict in South Sudan, but even so, some analysts and activists say they are disappointed at how little this weekend’s peace talks achieved. full report

In photos: A decade on, effects of Uganda's war linger

NAIROBI, 30 January 2015 (IRIN) - A senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court this week to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Although the LRA has not been active in northern Uganda for a decade, the effects of their 20-year war with the government linger on. full report