East Africa

Books not bombs for Sudan refugees

YIDA, 9 February 2016 (IRIN) - One of the first stops for people fleeing the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan region is the town of Yida, 20 kilometres across the border in South Sudan. full report

Where in the world is Zika?

LONDON, 3 February 2016 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization has declared that the strong links between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly should be treated as a global public health emergency. IRIN maps the range of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the Zika virus it spreads. full report

The refugee camp that became a city

DADAAB, 20 January 2016 (IRIN) - When Halima Abdi fled the civil war in Somalia with her young daughter, she hoped her stay across the border in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp would be short-lived. full report

Uganda’s Karamoja faces drought emergency

KAMPALA, 19 January 2016 (IRIN) - At least 640,000 people in Uganda’s northeastern Karamoja region – more than half its population – are facing food shortages as a result of a drought-affected harvest. full report

How a city in Tanzania holds the key to peace in Burundi*

NAIROBI, 13 January 2016 (IRIN) - At some stage, both sides in Burundi’s increasingly bloody political crisis are likely to be sitting across the table from one another in Arusha, Tanzania, looking to agree a political settlement. full report

Uganda feels the strain of the Burundi crisis

KAMPALA, 11 January 2016 (IRIN) - For the past three years, the war raging across Uganda’s northern border in South Sudan has been pushing its refugee-hosting abilities to breaking point. But it is now the simmering violence to the south in Burundi that could tip the situation over the edge. full report

An unwanted guest: El Niño and Africa in 2016

NAIROBI, 23 December 2015 (IRIN) - El Niño is the largely unwanted Christmas gift – a warming of the tropical Pacific causing drought and floods that will peak at the end of this month, but will impact weather systems around the globe into 2016. So what does that really mean for these vulnerable regions in the coming year? With the perils of weather forecasting acknowledged, here’s a snapshot. 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

Fuelled by corruption, South Sudan war enters third year

WASHINGTON, 17 December 2015 (IRIN) - South Sudan is an oil-rich country with fertile soil and a wealth of untapped mineral riches. Pilfering money is easy for those who are so inclined, and the attraction of diverting revenues for personal benefit is a key reason why the young country has been mired in a deadly, destructive two-year conflict. full report

As body count mounts, Burundi talks ever more urgent

BUJUMBURA, 15 December 2015 (IRIN) - After the deadliest clashes in eight months of political unrest in Burundi, the need for talks to mediate the crisis over President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial third term is greater than ever. But Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the lead negotiator, has his own election to worry about and many fear time is running out before things will unravel further: full report