Governance

US food aid: Charity begins at home

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid. full report

Morocco: The forgotten frontline of the migrant crisis

NADOR, 29 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean. In this multimedia special, IRIN talks to the migrants determined to cross, playing cat-and-mouse with the authorities, and explores Morocco's role as outsourced "Gendarme" for Europe. full report

Did Malaysia merit its human trafficking upgrade?

KUALA LUMPUR , 28 July 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Malaysian and international NGOs have expressed shock following the release of the US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report on Monday, which saw Malaysia being upgraded from Tier 3, the lowest level, where it had been placed in 2014, to the Tier 2 Watch List. full report

IRIN's Top picks: Effective altruism, humanitarian complicity and Boko Haram

DUBAI, 24 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. This week - Palestine, Cameroon and Bulgaria. full report

The Gravedigger and the President: Chadian torture victims face former president

N'DJAMENA/DAKAR, 22 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Almost a quarter of a century after thousands of Chadians were allegedly imprisoned, killed and tortured during the rule of former president Hissène Habré, there is finally a chance for belated justice. Clement Abaifouta was only 23 when he was jailed and made to bury dead prisoners on an almost daily basis. Now 55, he has waited a long time to ask Habré: why? Watch: The Gravedigger and the President: full report

Need asylum in South Africa? Pay a bribe

OXFORD, 22 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - In South Africa, asylum seekers and refugees in need of documentation often have no choice but to pay for it. So says a new report exposing how corruption and bribery have permeated nearly every level of the country’s asylum system: from border crossings, to queues outside refugee reception offices, to what takes place inside those offices. full report

Burundi diary: election day

BUJUMBURA, 21 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Continuing a series of diary pieces, regular IRIN contributor Désiré Nimubona shares his thoughts amid a highly controversial presidential election. President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office has been widely condemned as unconstitutional. full report

Three concerns ahead of Côte d’Ivoire poll

ABIDJAN, 21 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Five years after Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed presidential election threw the country into turmoil and left more than 3,000 dead, its people are set to go to the polls again. Could we see similar unrest this October or will the West African nation turn the page and move forward? full report

Crisis Brief: Unexpected aid in eastern Ukraine

LUHANSK, 16 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Cut off from government-controlled territory, civilians in rebel-held eastern Ukraine have limited access to goods, basic services and cash. A new IRIN/HPG Crisis Brief finds that much of the aid reaching people is coming from unusual sources. full report

Burundi crisis gets serious for regional leaders

NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Burundi’s political crisis is centred on a leader who is refusing to leave office after almost 10 years. The man sent in to mediate has been in power for almost 30. Apart from that irony, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s arrival in Bujumbura underlines just how high the stakes are for regional leaders. full report

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