West Africa

Thousands flee violent upsurge in northern Mali

BAMAKO, 29 May 2015 (IRIN) - A spike in violence in northern Mali has driven the number of people displaced in the country above 100,000, many of them urgently needing food, water and shelter as time runs out before the rainy season begins: full report

Photo feature: Ebola tales from Guinea

GUECKEDOU, 28 May 2015 (IRIN) - Guineans share their personal accounts of the impact the ongoing Ebola outbreak has had on their lives. full report

Food worries widen in Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) - More than 465,000 people in Mauritania, where lean season is already underway, are expected to face severe food insecurity by June, due in large part to last year's poor harvests. full report

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