Table of contents


  1. DRC-UGANDA: Congolese refugees hail Lubanga verdict
  2. BURUNDI: Birth registration campaign targets tens of thousands
  3. KENYA: Conflict fears as wildfires destroy pasture, cause displacement
  4. SECURITY: Cracking open the LRA to better eliminate it
  5. SOUTH SUDAN: World’s newest state offers little for thousands of returnees
  6. SUDAN: Food crisis looms as bombs drive farmers from their fields
  7. UGANDA: Meningitis outbreak kills 16 in north
  8. “I never regret being in Dadaab”
  9. CONGO: Thousands still homeless after munitions blast


DRC-UGANDA: Congolese refugees hail Lubanga verdict
ISINGIRO، 19/3/2012 (IRIN) - Congolese refugees in Oruchinga camp, southwestern Uganda, have welcomed the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) guilty verdict against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel leader Thomas Lubanga. Some of the refugees are survivors of attacks by Lubanga’s forces. On March 14, Lubanga was convicted of the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to take part in hostilities. full report
BURUNDI: Birth registration campaign targets tens of thousands
BUJUMBURA، 20/3/2012 (IRIN) - An estimated 1.5 million children in Burundi are without birth certificates with those under five missing out on free medical care, but a nationwide campaign currently under way to register about 170,000 children under 18 in the next two months, could begin to change things. full report
KENYA: Conflict fears as wildfires destroy pasture, cause displacement
ISIOLO، 20/3/2012 (IRIN) - Wildfires have destroyed large tracts of grassland in northern Kenya, giving rise to fears of conflict between pastoralist communities amid an already serious food security crisis. full report
SECURITY: Cracking open the LRA to better eliminate it
DUNGU، 21/3/2012 (IRIN) - After seven years held captive by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), 16-year-old Apiyo Tabisa’s release five months ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along with a dozen or so others was as sudden as her abduction from Uganda. full report
SOUTH SUDAN: World’s newest state offers little for thousands of returnees
WAU، 21/3/2012 (IRIN) - They have returned in their hundreds of thousands, by train, barge, bus and plane, often after decades of war-enforced absence; but coming home to what recently, and euphorically, became the world’s newest state, the Republic of South Sudan, is often the beginning of yet another chapter of struggle and destitution. full report
SUDAN: Food crisis looms as bombs drive farmers from their fields
DAR، 22/3/2012 (IRIN) - Driving north across the border from South Sudan into the warring Sudanese state of South Kordofan, the landscape abruptly changes from the swamps and seasonal grasslands into the fertile foothills of the Nuba Mountains, rising gently from the plains. Each hill is topped by a village, with acorn-shaped clusters of huts perched on rocky outcrops. full report
UGANDA: Meningitis outbreak kills 16 in north
KAMPALA، 23/3/2012 (IRIN) - At least 16 people have died in a meningitis epidemic in two districts in northern Uganda over the past three weeks, say health officials. full report
“I never regret being in Dadaab”
DADAAB، 23/3/2012 (IRIN) - IRIN's freelance journalist Moulid Iftin Hujale, in this third installment of his account of life in the Dadaab refugee complex in eastern Kenya, reflects on his hope of returning to his homeland, Somalia, to help rebuild the country amid heightening insecurity in the Dadaab camps. full report
CONGO: Thousands still homeless after munitions blast
BRAZZAVILLE، 23/3/2012 (IRIN) - Around 14,000 people are homeless in Congo’s capital, Brazzaville, two weeks after munitions in an army barracks exploded killing 223 people, wounding 2,500 and destroying large parts of the city. full report