East Africa

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

IRIN’s Top Picks: Siege gardening, Scientology and aid pledges

DUBAI, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of 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

Photo Feature: Burundi's Endless Exodus

KIGOMA, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - Over 110,000 Burundians have fled their country amid protests and an attempted coup d’etat. Now a cholera outbreak has made the journey all the more dangerous. full report

Many fleeing Burundi have no wish to return

KIGOMA, Tanzania, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies are warning a cholera outbreak is creating major health crisis among tens of thousands of people who have fled Burundi for neighbouring Tanzania. It's a journey many of the refugees have made before. Some have no desire to return home. full report

Film: When the war came back - A South Sudan village relives the effects of conflict

KANDAK, South Sudan, 18 May 2015 (IRIN) - Kandak, a small village in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, eight days walk from the Ethiopian border, has paid a high price for its unfortunate location in the midst of Sudan’s civil wars. This film explores the impact of the current conflict. full report

Will NGO bill restrict aid efforts in South Sudan?

JUBA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - South Sudan's parliament has just passed a bill regulating the activities of NGOs, but humanitarian agencies fear it is more about restricting aid workers and are warning it could have "catastrophic effects" for civilians in the war-ravaged nation: full report

Ugandan rebel leader’s arrest a shot in the arm for justice

Kampala, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - The arrest in Tanzania of the leader of one of the longest-standing insurgencies in Africa’s Great Lakes region marks a step forward for justice and accountability but is unlikely to bring an end to the transnational network he leads. full report

Kenya backpedals on closure of Somali refugee camp

NAIROBI, 29 April 2015 (IRIN) - Kenya appears to have softened its stance on the imminent closure of a camp hosting more than a third of a million Somali refugees, weeks after the deputy president announced it would happen within three months, in a reaction to the massacre at Garissa University. full report

Top picks: Migrant boats, Islamic State and World Bank controversy

LONDON, 24 April 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of noteworthy humanitarian journalism and research, compiled by the editorial team. This week - a deep dive into the Islamic State, Sudan's Southern Kordofan and the World Bank's dubious practices. full report

Is Kenya’s security policy the real enemy within?

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN) - The Kenyan government has threatened to eject 350,000 Somali refugees and even to build a wall along its entire border with Somalia, but perhaps the real enemies within are poor governance and stalled police reforms full report