April 21, 2015
Kenya: Is Govt's Security Policy the Real Enemy Within?
Instead of threatening to eject 350,000 Somali refugees or building a wall along an entire border, experts and observers are urging Kenya to tackle the real enemies within: poor… Read more »
Africa: South Africa's Xenophobia Problem - Dispelling the Myths
Xenophobia doesn't exist in isolation. It needs social problems and economic hardship to flourish. After an upsurge in violence in Durban and Johannesburg that has claimed seven… Read more »
April 20, 2015
Africa: The Med - One Final Danger in a Migrant's Odyssey
Every time a migrant boat capsizes on its way to Europe, a death toll is estimated by aid agencies and reproduced in media reports. But what about that other number? What about all… Read more »
April 17, 2015
Kenya: Anti-Terror Border Wall Sparks Heated Debate
Kenya this week began building a barrier along its entire border with Somalia, in a purported effort to prevent incursions by fighters from al-Shabab, an insurgency based mainly in… Read more »
April 16, 2015
Africa: Prison or Poverty - Impossible Choice for Israel Deportees
For Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers facing deportation from Israel's Holot detention centre, the future is bleak. Those who have gone before describe a hand-to-mouth existence… Read more »
April 15, 2015
Africa: Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean - What Can Be Done?
With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer… Read more »
Africa: Why Are Humanitarians So Weird?
I'm WEIRD. I'm not sure whether I became an aid worker because I'm weird, but I was definitely a WEIRD aid worker. I realised this after reading a 2010 academic article which… Read more »
April 14, 2015
Burundi: Thousands Flee As Election Tensions Rise
Thousands of Burundians have fled their country, fearing it might descend into violence ahead of a presidential election scheduled for June. Read more »
Africa: Should 'Killer Robots' Be Banned?
Drones are already doing a lot of killing on behalf of certain governments, but a human being still has to make a conscious decision somewhere and press a button. What if killing… Read more »
April 13, 2015
Cameroon: Soldiers Defy Boko Haram in Polio Battle
How do you vaccinate women and children against polio in remote areas prey to attack from Boko Haram militants? Arm the soldiers with vaccine. Read more »
Africa: Europe Must Stop Exporting Its Migration Fears
In a new column, anthropologist and author of "Illegality, Inc." Ruben Andersson of the London School of Economics warns that European Union initiatives to collaborate with African… Read more »
Kenya: Repatriation Threat Alarms Somali Refugees in Kenya
A threat from Kenya's deputy president to send back hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the wake of the Garissa university shooting has prompted alarm in the camps and… Read more »
April 10, 2015
Kenya: Financial Bans Hit Somali Refugees
Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees are among those hardest hit by Kenya's closure of remittance firms in the wake of the 2 April shooting of at least 147 university students… Read more »
April 09, 2015
Sierra Leone: Pros and Cons of Ebola Lockdowns
As part of Sierra Leone's bid to combat Ebola, the entire population of more than six million people was obliged to stay at home for up to three days straight on two occasions… Read more »
West Africa: Ebola Lockdowns - Anything to 'Get to Zero'
As part of Sierra Leone's bid to combat Ebola, the entire population of more than six million people has been obliged to stay at home for up to four days straight on two occasions… Read more »
Nigeria: Oil-Rich Delta Poses First Big Test for Buhari
An early test for Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari is how his incoming administration will handle the volatile oil revenue-generating Delta, where former militia… Read more »
Africa: The New Buzzword in Aid - and Why Agencies Are Slow to Act
"Urban" may be the new buzzword in humanitarian circles, but aid agencies have been slow to turn it into action. Read more »
April 08, 2015
Africa: Few Escape Routes for Refugees and Migrants Trapped in Yemen
As the Saudi-led aerial bombardment of Yemen intensifies and a full-scale civil war appears increasingly inevitable, there are few immediate escape routes for well over a million… Read more »
Central African Republic: Hear It From the People - What's Wrong in the Central African Republic?
The room was packed. Everyone wanted to speak: unsurprising after years of conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and seen the Central African Republic riven by ethnic and… Read more »
April 07, 2015
Africa: What Future for the Humanitarian Capital of the World?
Most won't call it a cut-back, let alone a withdrawal. Instead they use words like 'restructuring', 'rationalising', or even 'stabilisation'. But whatever you call it, a spike in… Read more »
April 03, 2015
Africa: The Life-Saving Ebola Drugs the World Is Ignoring
Last month, IRIN published this interview with UN Special Envoy for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, outlining his priorities in dealing with the outbreak. Read more »
April 02, 2015
South Sudan: Take the Medicine Trail
A truck carrying vital medicines to a remote refugee camp near Mauritania's border with Mali overturns during its 2,000 kilometre journey through the Sahara desert. It is the rainy… Read more »
March 31, 2015
Nigeria: Nigerians Winners in Close Election
Nigeria's presidential election has been won by Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who becomes the first opposition leader ever to unseat an incumbent. There have been some… Read more »
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