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

Cattle rustlers profit from Boko Haram bonanza

KADUNA, 28 September 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Cattle theft has long been a problem in northwestern Nigeria but the general insecurity caused by the Boko Haram insurgency is emboldening seasoned rustlers and encouraging those struggling with endemic poverty and high unemployment to turn to it as a lucrative second ‘career’, with potentially disastrous consequences. full report

The refugee crisis: time for some perspective

LONDON, 24 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - At the end of a long summer that has seen record numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on Europe’s shores, EU member states are still deeply divided in their response to the crisis. This week, they agreed to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from over-burdened frontline states like Greece and Italy to other EU countries over the next two years, despite four countries voting against the deal. This IRIN film puts this latest figure into a bit of perspective. 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

When the war hits home

SANA'A, 22 September 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Almigdad Mojalli has been reporting from Yemen's civil war for six months. Last week, the conflict finally dragged his family in. full report

The rocky road to democracy in Burkina Faso

DAKAR/OUAGADOUGOU, 22 September 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Negotiations are under way to return Burkina Faso to civilian rule following last week's coup, but a proposed amnesty for the coup plotters would leave many people unhappy. full report

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