Briefing: The new Jihadist strategy in the Sahel

NAIROBI, 4 February 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Security has been intense over the last few weeks in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with police and soldiers on the streets, vehicle searches, and round-ups of alleged Islamist militants. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Integrating refugees, auditing Afghanistan, and Zika

GENEVA, 29 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

Burundi - nobody to the rescue?

NAIROBI, 29 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - It’s almost a given that African leaders meeting this weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will not override Burundi’s objections and endorse the deployment of a 5,000-strong intervention force to help end the violence in the troubled country. full report

The refugee camp that became a city

DADAAB, 20 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - When Halima Abdi fled the civil war in Somalia with her young daughter, she hoped her stay across the border in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp would be short-lived. full report

No refuge: Central American children on the run in Mexico

TAPACHULA, 20 January 2016 (IRIN Global) - Mexico is ill-equipped to deal with increasing numbers of children fleeing gang violence in Central America’s “Northern Triangle”. full report

Is Greece right to rein in refugee volunteerism?

GAZIANTEP, 19 January 2016 (IRIN Global) - Last week, five young European volunteers were arrested on the Greek island of Lesvos and later charged with people smuggling. Is this part of an overly officious crackdown on groups that are just trying to help, or a timely effort to rein in an amateur rescue effort that amounts to a dangerous free-for-all? full report

Can the UN patch things up in Congo?

KINSHASA, 15 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - A year ago, the Congolese army and MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were supposed to launch joint operations to take on Rwandan Hutu rebels. Everything was planned down to the last detail, before a major difference of opinion stopped the effort in its tracks. full report

How a city in Tanzania holds the key to peace in Burundi*

NAIROBI, 13 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - At some stage, both sides in Burundi’s increasingly bloody political crisis are likely to be sitting across the table from one another in Arusha, Tanzania, looking to agree a political settlement. full report

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

Briefing: Will a political dispute become a humanitarian disaster in Nepal?

PHNOM PENH, 21 December 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Eight months after a huge earthquake devastated Nepal and killed almost 9,000 people, an import-crippling border blockade provoked by a political dispute has sent prices skyrocketing and is stalling efforts to rebuild. If left unresolved, hundreds of thousands of quake survivors, many of them still living without proper shelter, could suffer shortages this winter. full report

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