Gender Issues

Congo’s forgotten war: The militia of Mambasa

MAMBASA, 8 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - In spite of the death more than a year ago of key commander Paul Sadala, known as “Morgan”, his Simba militia continue to wreak havoc in Mambasa, a vast territory of more than 35,000 square kilometres in Ituri Province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Starvation, combustible IKEA shelters, and the end of the world as we know it

GENEVA, 8 January 2016 (IRIN Global) - 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

Deliberations to strengthen rules of war go down to the wire

GENEVA, 9 December 2015 (IRIN Global) - A US airstrike in September obliterating a hospital in Afghanistan renewed concerns about accountability in conflict. However, a proposal to strengthen compliance with the rules of war is meeting significant resistance at a conference this week of the states party to the Geneva Conventions. full report

Is education Boko Haram’s biggest victim?

KADUNA/DAKAR, 7 December 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The mass abduction of schoolgirls, the displacement of millions, and the relentless suicide attacks have received most of the Boko Haram headlines, but the exodus of teachers and the disintegration of the education system could be a longer-lasting legacy that sets northeastern Nigeria back a generation. full report

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