Central African Republic goes back to square one

BANGUI, 6 October 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Six days of fighting that ended in Central African Republic’s capital last week has left a heavy toll: dozens dead, hundreds wounded, thousands displaced, and hope of an imminent resolution to the country’s protracted and complex political crisis fading fast. full report

Burundi's descent into hell

BUJUMBURA, 5 October 2015 (IRIN Africa) - It’s not unusual to find dead bodies in Bujumbura these days. We find them on the streets, in drainage channels, bushes and rivers. To help understand the depth of the crisis, it's worth looking back at some key recent events. full report

The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram

ABUJA, 1 October 2015 (IRIN Global) - Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. We explore what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart and ask whether such a programme can work. full report

Is Burkina Faso’s elite guard still a threat?

DAKAR, 1 October 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Burkina Faso's transitional government has dissolved the RSP, but will the elite security force responsible for last month's coup finally go away? OSIWA's Mathias Hounkpe looks at what must happen next to keep the country on its path to civilian rule and democracy. full report

Slideshow: Surviving in the Sudd

KOCH COUNTY, 30 September 2015 (IRIN Africa) - A month after President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal aimed at ending South Sudan's two-year civil war there is still intermittent fighting in some of the nation's most far-flung and violent places. full report

Doctors overwhelmed in Afghan city taken by Taliban

YANGON, 30 September 2015 (IRIN Asia) - With the government hospital shut down, a facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières is now the only place for people needing urgent trauma care to be treated in Kunduz, which was taken by the Taliban on Monday. Afghan forces have been battling the insurgents to regain control of the northern city of about 300,000 people, and residents are caught in the middle. full report

Aid freeze promises hard winter in Ukraine

BUDAPEST, 29 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - At the end of May, we reported on the desperate situation facing civilians in eastern Ukraine, trapped near the frontline in rebel-held parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions with little or no access to basic services. Four months later, winter is approaching and another lifeline has just been taken away. full report

Slideshow: Humans of Syria

LESVOS, 28 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - Objects of pity or attractive prospective employees? The Syrians landing on the beaches on the Greek island of Lesvos have some serious CVs. IRIN policy editor Imogen Wall spoke to some about the professional skills they have to offer Europe, and their career ambitions. full report

The right way to reinvent the wheel?

VIENNA, 24 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - Despite an EU agreement to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers over the next two years, the best hope for meeting the immediate needs of the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees already making their way across Europe often comes from volunteers working for recently formed grassroots organisations. Paul Currion looks at how one such initiative took the lead in responding to Europe’s refugee crisis. full report

No aftercare for Boko Haram bomb victims

KADUNA STATE, 23 September 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Countless Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram suicide bombings since 2009. Many more have survived, but their difficulties are far from over. full report

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