Table of contents


  1. Relief as Mali towns recaptured
  2. Analysis: Cash-strapped ICC takes on Mali
  3. Difficult recovery after Chad floods
  4. In Brief: Chad averts locust threat
  5. The dynamics of inter-communal violence in Mali
  6. Killings, disappearances in Mali’s climate of suspicion
  7. Sand-mining threatens homes and livelihoods in Sierra Leone


Relief as Mali towns recaptured
BAMAKO/DAKAR، 28/1/2013 (IRIN) - Residents of Gao and Timbuktu in northern Mali expressed relief after French and Malian forces re-took the towns from Islamist militia, but said they faced an enormous task in rebuilding the cities. full report
Analysis: Cash-strapped ICC takes on Mali
LONDON، 29/1/2013 (IRIN) - Concerns are being raised that the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into alleged war crimes in Mali is placing a serious strain on an already over-stretched and cash-strapped institution. full report
Difficult recovery after Chad floods
N’DJAMENA، 29/1/2013 (IRIN) - A scattering of utensils, a pile of clothes and a small bag of millet flour lay on the floor of Amne Abakar’s roofless cloth-and-sticks shelter in Toukra camp on the outskirts of Chad’s capital N’Djamena. The camp hosts more than 6,000 people who lost their homes to floods in 2012. full report
In Brief: Chad averts locust threat
N’DJAMENA، 30/1/2013 (IRIN) - Chad has eliminated the threat of a full-scale locust invasion in its northern region, a pastoralist zone dotted with oases that provide water for small-scale farming, says the National Locust Control Agency (ANLA). full report
The dynamics of inter-communal violence in Mali
BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU/DAKAR، 31/1/2013 (IRIN) - Ethnic Tuaregs and Arabs in towns across central and northern Mali, including Gao and Timbuktu, have been fleeing into the desert or to neighbouring countries as their houses and shops are looted or they are hunted down on suspicion of being Islamist militants. Fears of inter-communal violence are spreading. full report
Killings, disappearances in Mali’s climate of suspicion
KONNA/SEVARE/NYMINYANA، 31/1/2013 (IRIN) - Seyo Sangho's husband was arrested by Malian army soldiers at the central market in Konna in central Mali, 900km north of Bamako, after getting into an argument with another man. “I haven’t seen him since,” she says. “That was 10 days ago.” full report
Sand-mining threatens homes and livelihoods in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN، 1/2/2013 (IRIN) - Round-the-clock sand-mining on beaches within a few kilometres of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown is having a devastating effect on the coastline, destroying property, and damaging the area’s hopes of a tourism revival. full report