Africa

Corruption is killing children in Angola

by Nicholas Kristof New York Times June 24, 2015

Angola, naturally, doesn’t welcome journalists. It took me about five years to get a journalist visa to get into Angola, and after my reporting I doubt I’ll get another visa as long as the current regime remains in power. So at The Times, we poured a lot of time and effort into the story of what...

Violence has driven at least 1.5 million people from their homes in the three conflict-affected northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. The vast majority have been taken in by friends and relatives in the main cities, but the hospitality has imposed a significant burden on their hosts. Farming and markets are also disrupted, with many areas facing “emergency” levels of food shortages, one step below famine, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Network (FEWS Net). Photo: Nigerian Defense Headquarters

Beyond Boko Haram: Nigeria’s hidden crisis

by Obinna Anyadike IRIN News June 5, 2015

The violence has driven at least 1.5 million people from their homes in the three conflict-affected northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. The vast majority have been taken in by friends and relatives in the main cities, but the hospitality has imposed a significant burden on their hosts....

A displaced woman sets up camp in Mali’s Timbuktu region. Photo: Africare

Thousands flee violent upsurge in northern Mali

by Katarina Höije IRIN News May 29, 2015

A spike in violence in northern Mali has driven the number of people displaced in the country above 100,000, many of them urgently needing food, water and shelter as time runs out before the rainy season begins....

Carcasses dot the sandy landscape in southern Mauritania’s Hodh El Chargui region, where a lack of rain has affected both wild vegetation growth and crops. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN

Food worries widen in Mauritania

by Mamoudou Lamine Kane and Jennifer Lazuta IRIN News May 26, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of Mauritanians are struggling to feed themselves as they fall victim to the effects of climate change....

Prof Grace Irimu shows IPS a drip feed bag and a copy of Kenya’s ‘Basic Paediatric Protocols’ as she explains the importance of intravenous treatment in saving the lives of young children affected by acute watery diarrhoea. Photo: Miriam Gathigah/IPS

When Kenyan children’s lives hang on a drip

by Miriam Gathigah Inter Press Service May 23, 2015

Prof Grace Irimu shows IPS a drip feed bag and a copy of Kenya’s ‘Basic Paediatric Protocols’ as she explains the importance of intravenous treatment in saving the lives of young children affected by acute watery diarrhoea. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS...

A Burundian woman suffering from suspected cholera lies in the health clinic at Lake Tanganyika Stadium in Kigoma, Tanzania. Photo: Jessica Hatcher/IRIN

Photo feature: Burundi’s endless exodus

by IRIN News May 22, 2015

Of the thousands who have fled in recent weeks amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s plan to run for a third term and a related attempted coup, more than half have arrived in neighbouring Tanzania....

The Mozambique Council of Ministers is considering a massive project along the Lurio River in northern Mozambique without consulting the estimated 500,000 affected people in the project area. Photo: Flickr/Stig Nygaard

Giving away land without consultation in Mozambique

by Timothy Wise Food Tank May 19, 2015

In late April 2015, the Mozambican government began a process of community consultations on the grand ProSAVANA land project in the country’s coastal Nacala Corridor, widely denounced as a “land grab” by opponents. Those consultations were immediately repudiated by community members, who said ...

Mothers are vital to Democratic Republic of the Congo food security

by Susan Kim UNICOR May 14, 2015

Over the past few decades, the area has been stricken with many crises, including civil war that led to widespread displacement, coupled with a high rate of HIV infection and sexual violence. Once a commercial hub, Kamina was home to many businesses that were forced to close. As increasing numbers o...

Malawi study reveals devastating cost of child undernutrition. Research commissioned by African Union and backed by Malawian government highlights soc...

by Sam Jones The Guardian May 13, 2015

Malawi’s development is being thwarted by child undernutrition, the effects of which continue to blight the lives of 60% of the impoverished country’s adults and costing its economy hundreds of millions a year, according to a new study....

Members of Burundi’s ruling party youth wing on the march. Armed, murderous, militarised, partisan, powerful, unaccountable, uneducated: this is how many in and even outside Burundi describe the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling party. It, however, dismisses such accusations as opposition propaganda. Photo: Desire Nimubona/IRIN

Who are the Imbonerakure and is Burundi unravelling?

by Ignatius Ssuuna IRIN News April 28, 2015

Many of the 21,000 Burundians who have fled to Rwanda in recent weeks accuse the Imbonerakure of waging a campaign of intimidation and violence to help President Pierre Nkurunziza win a controversial third term in 26 June elections. This, they say, is what made them leave their homes, and the countr...

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