Water & Sanitation

Refugee relations turn sour in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 11 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Relations between many of the more than 250,000 refugees from the Central African Republic who fled into Cameroon and local host populations are becoming increasingly strained. full report

Burkina Faso calls for aid as floods set to worsen

OUAGADOUGOU, 7 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nearly 20,000 people have been affected this week by heavy rains and flooding in and around Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou. More than 3,700 are now homeless, their houses reduced to piles of mud and debris. full report

Health 'time-bomb' as Yemen runs dry

SANA'A, 4 August 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen's water problem is not new but it is now so acute that the country is close to running dry. The vast majority of the population has no access to clean water, while state water companies are at risk of bankruptcy. full report

Cameroonians plagued by urban flooding

DOUALA, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Rapid urbanization in Cameroon's Douala city and an increase in annual rainfall in the region is putting more people at risk of flooding each year. The latest storm affected more than 30,000 people, destroying homes, businesses and livelihoods. full report

Turn on the taps to defeat the next Ebola

DAKAR, 15 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - It is a cruel irony that many of the top doctors and nurses in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will not be around to help rebuild their health systems in the wake of Ebola, having succumbed themselves to the virus. For those that are, the biggest challenges are likely to be electricity, sanitation, and, most of all, water. full report

Ghana hard hit by flooding, once again

ACCRA, 12 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Ghana's rainy season causes flooding in the capital, Accra, each year, but little has been done to improve the city's sewage and drainage systems, and more and more people are being affected. full report

The struggle for survival across Ukraine's frontline

LUHANSK, Ukraine, 28 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - Ukraine's frontline cuts across the east of the country like a jagged scar. Despite a February ceasefire, the fighting hasn't stopped. In March and April, Kristina Jovanovski had rare access to rebel-held areas to investigate the humanitarian disaster that has unfolded on Europe's doorstep. Read her exclusive report on why aid isn't getting through. full report

Photo Feature: Burundi's Endless Exodus

KIGOMA, 22 May 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Over 110,000 Burundians have fled their country amid protests and an attempted coup d’etat. Now a cholera outbreak has made the journey all the more dangerous. full report

Many fleeing Burundi have no wish to return

KIGOMA, Tanzania, 21 May 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Aid agencies are warning a cholera outbreak is creating major health crisis among tens of thousands of people who have fled Burundi for neighbouring Tanzania. It's a journey many of the refugees have made before. Some have no desire to return home. full report

Photo Feature: Libya's forgotten displaced

TRIPOLI, 18 May 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - During Libya’s 2011 revolution, the town of Tawergha was used as a military base by pro-Gaddafi forces. In a revenge attack, Misratan militias entered the town and burned it to the ground, causing some 30,000 Tawerghans to flee. Four years later, many Tawerghans remain displaced. IRIN brings you this photo feature from a Tawergha displacement camp 90km from the capital Tripoli, in a remote location in the mountainous region of Tarhuna, where aid rarely reaches and hope is wearing thin. full report

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