Security

Fears in Cameroon of Boko Haram recruitment

MAROUA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigeria’s extremist Islamist group Boko Haram are believed to be actively recruiting fighters across the border in Cameroon’s Far North Region, according to residents and local government officials. full report

Back to Rwanda

GOMA, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has long been one of the most significant armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it has been based ever since its founders fled neighbouring Rwanda after playing a key role in the 1994 genocide. full report

Priced out of food in the CAR

BANGUI, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The mass exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic (CAR) amid insecurity is having an adverse impact on access to basic foodstuffs, say retailers and local people. full report

Fighting an invisible enemy in DRC

BISHONGERA, 9 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - It is difficult to identify the fighters of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), one of the many armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some of whose leaders played a key role in Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago. Bearing neither uniform nor insignia, they are indistinguishable from the civilian population. full report

Security downturn in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, 9 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Three years after Al-Shabab insurgents withdrew from the city, security in Mogadishu remains a serious problem for residents and aid workers, with threats from Al-Shabab incursions, criminals and militia. full report

Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target. But in Indonesia - the country from which most of the boats previously departed - Australia’s tough new measures have stranded over 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees who can neither proceed to their desired destination nor, in many cases, return home. full report

Pakistan slum clearances politically motivated?

ISLAMABAD, 7 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - This month, the Pakistani government is planning to move or raze eighteen illegal settlements that are home to more than 80,000 people - many of whom are internally displaced or Afghan refugees and migrants. Residents of the slums say they are being blamed for the government's inability to provide adequate security for the country's civilian population. full report

Yemen aid work ever more risky

SANA'A, 2 April 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The 25 March kidnapping and release of two UN workers has underlined the risks aid workers in Yemen face. full report

Concern over polling in Afghan schools and clinics

KABUL, 2 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The recent spate of Taliban-led attacks against electoral targets in Afghanistan, with the presidential vote just days away, has increased concerns in the aid community about the use of schools and health clinics as polling stations. full report

“Get a grip,” UN chief tells CAR leaders

BANGUI, 27 March 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Amid an upsurge in attacks on African Union (AU) peacekeepers, the UN special representative in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called on the population and leaders to “get a grip” and not allow blind hatred to destroy the country. full report

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