West Africa

Life still hard in northern Mali, despite peace deal

BAMAKO, 4 September 2015 (IRIN) - A peace accord was signed in Mali earlier this year, but ongoing conflict continues to impact the livelihoods of millions in the north of the country. full report

Freedom brings stigma and fresh fears for Boko Haram 'wives'

YOLA, 1 September 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of women and girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram have since escaped or been rescued, but their struggles are far from over. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths

LONDON, 28 August 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Ebola: Where are we now?

DAKAR, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - The Ebola outbreak appears to be winding down, but it isn't over yet. Here's where things stand. full report

The lost childhoods behind our chocolate

ABIDJAN, 25 August 2015 (IRIN) - An estimated 1.62 million children are forced to work in Cote d'Ivoire each year. The majority spend their days in cocoa fields, cultivating the beans that will eventually become chocolate. full report

Rape, stigma, poverty: The lot of urban refugees in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Despite efforts to help refugees who settle in urban areas, many still face stigma, poverty and sexual assault. full report

Nigerians who fled Boko Haram forced home

YAOUNDE, 21 August 2015 (IRIN) - As many as 15,000 people who took refuge in northern Cameroon after fleeing violence in Nigeria are now being sent back home, over fears they could have ties to Boko Haram. full report

What peace deal? No end to Mali conflict

BAMAKO, 19 August 2015 (IRIN) - The Malian government and Northern rebel groups signed a peace deal on 20 June that was supposed to end years of conflict. Two months later, the violence continues. full report

Ebola scares off trainee nurses in Liberia

MONROVIA, 18 August 2015 (IRIN) - Liberia was in dire need of more doctors and nurses before the Ebola outbreak began. Now the situation is getting even more desperate as many Liberians considering a medical career are being put off because they’re afraid of catching the virus. full report

Ebola’s victims of the future: pregnant women

FREETOWN/DAKAR, 12 August 2015 (IRIN) - Maternal mortality could increase by 74 percent in Sierra Leone, due to the deaths of health care workers during the ongoing Ebola outbreak. full report