Great Lakes

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

BRIEFING: Can new pact bring peace to the CAR?

GOMA, 15 May 2015 (IRIN) - Can the Central African Republic finally turn the page on decades of instability and conflict? Rebel groups and militias have signed a new peace pact aimed at putting the horrific violence of the past few years behind them. But will it work? full report

What now for Burundi? Five key risks

NAIROBI, 14 May 2015 (IRIN) - Hours before an army general in Burundi announced he had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza, a group of experts were making predictions before a packed audience in Nairobi. They turned out right. Here's what else they're warning of. full report

Who is Burundi’s coup-maker?

BUJUMBURA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - Major-General Godefroid Niyombare has announced the ouster of President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi over his controversial bid to run for a third term in office. Here's a look at the man behind the apparent coup. full report

Bullets before the ballot – Bujumbura diary

BUJUMBURA, 6 May 2015 (IRIN) - At least a dozen people have been killed in recent days in Burundi amid protests against the president’s plans to run for a third term in office. The unrest has raised fears that the country, after a decade of peace, could slide back into conflict. Regular IRIN contributor Désiré Nimubona explains the challenges of reporting during such turmoil. full report

Ex-rebels in CAR live in fear and rotting barracks

BANGUI, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - Ex-Séléka rebels in the Central African Republic are living in a terrible state in overgrown and disused army barracks in the capital Bangui. Too scared to venture out, even when they are sick, the former fighters await an uncertain fate as a special court prepares investigate widespread abuses. 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

Who are the Imbonerakure and is Burundi unravelling?*

BUJUMBURA, 28 April 2015 (IRIN) - There are widespread reports that the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, known as the Imbonerakure, are waging a campaign of intimidation and violence to help President Pierre Nkurunziza win a third term in June elections. Here's a look at the origins of the group and the fast-evolving situation in a country still on edge after a brutal 12-year civil war: full report

Does community-driven aid need a makeover?

NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN) - Community-Driven Development (CDD) instinctively makes sense – give people the power to determine and control their own development projects and you get better results, right? Wrong. This briefing explores why, at least in some post-conflict countries, CDD doesn’t deliver as promised. full report