By Imogen Foulkes
GENEVA, 2 October 2015 (IRIN) - On a chilly autumn day in Geneva, the elegant mansion that houses the Swiss Press Club was flanked by half a dozen black limousines, all with telltale diplomatic license plates. They were for Saudi Arabian diplomats who had turned up to support the launch of a generous Saudi-funded aid plan for Yemen.
DAKAR, 1 October 2015 (IRIN) - Burkina Faso’s interim government adopted a decree last week dissolving the Presidential Security Regiment, which mounted a short-lived coup two weeks ago. But despite promises to disarm and subsequent interventions by the army, some RSP members still refuse to give up their weapons, leaving many to wonder if the elite force will continue to pose a threat to the transition to democracy.
Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN’s Editor-at-Large Obi Anyadike speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. He explores what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart.
Prison officer Malam Tata has a calling. He sees it as his religious duty to help people reach salvation, and believes few have erred as grievously as the 43 Boko Haram militants under his care in Kuje Prison, on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
By Imogen Wall
Syrians are everyone’s new favourite refugees. But the growing perception that they receive preferential treatment from governments, volunteers and aid agencies is undermining humanitarian principles and causing serious problems for responders in Lesvos and beyond. Imogen Wall reports.
By Jared Ferrie
By Jason Patinkin
KOCH COUNTY, 30 September 2015 (IRIN) - A month after President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal aimed at ending South Sudan's two-year civil war there is still intermittent fighting in some of the nation's most far-flung and violent places.
IRIN witnessed the first delivery of assistance since the government launched an offensive in May, forcing aid workers to evacuate.
Oxford, 29 septembre 2015 (IRIN) - Le nombre de personnes déplacées par les guerres et les persécutions dans le monde est plus important que jamais auparavant, mais il semble que l’on n’ait jamais été aussi loin de trouver une unanimité sur la façon de gérer des crises de réfugiés simultanées d’une ampleur et d’une durée sans précédent.
Le moment n’aurait pu être plus mal choisi pour le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) qui va perdre l’homme qui a réussi à guider l’organisation à travers les turbulences de ces dix dernières années.
By Kristina Jovanovski
BUDAPEST, 29 September 2015 (IRIN) - At the end of May, we reported on the desperate situation facing civilians in eastern Ukraine, trapped near the frontline in rebel-held parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions with little or no access to basic services.
By Jason Gutierrez
MANILA, 29 September 2015 (IRIN) - Has the Philippine army been in cahoots with armed groups accused of murdering civilians in the southern region of Mindanao? That’s the focus of an investigation the government has finally agreed to undertake.
KADUNA, 28 September 2015 (IRIN) - Malama Amina stands quietly in the middle of her late husband’s compound in northwestern Nigeria trying to figure out how she will feed herself and her six children in the coming months.
Thieves stole 48 cows during a raid on their village in Kaduna State earlier this year. Her husband was killed trying to save the herd. At an average sale price of $500 per cow, the family lost its entire life savings as well as its sole means of income.
By Kristy Siegfried
OXFORD, 28 September 2015 (IRIN) - Around the world, more people are being driven from their homes by wars and persecution than ever before. At the same time there appears to be less agreement than ever about how to deal with simultaneous refugee crises of unprecedented scale and duration. There could hardly be a worse time for the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, to lose the man who has led the organisation through the last turbulent decade.
Nairobi, 28 septembre 2015 (IRIN) - Les Nations Unies organisent les sommets comme aucune autre organisation et un évènement très important a eu lieu ce week-end : le monde a célébré le lancement des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) – un nouvel ensemble de cibles soutenues par des personnalités mondiales comme Shakira, David Beckham et le pape François.
par Imogen Wall
GENÈVE, 28 septembre 2015 (IRIN) - Il y a quelques années, en 2006 pour être précise, j’ai rencontré un journaliste sri-lankais aux Nations Unies, à Genève. Nous étions tous deux sur place pour couvrir les pourparlers de paix entre le gouvernement sri-lankais et les Tigres tamouls. Malgré l’échec des pourparlers, les conversations avec mon confrère étaient intéressantes. Il avait fraîchement en mémoire le souvenir du tsunami asiatique et celui de l’intervention des Nations Unies au Sri Lanka.
NAIROBI, 25 September 2015 (IRIN) - No one does summits like the UN, and this weekend will be a big one, as the world celebrates the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals – a new set of targets that global leaders have signed up to, including Shakira, David Beckham, and Pope Francis.
The UN has boldly announced the goals as a “landmark new framework that will aim to end poverty and build a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind”. But global shocks and local crises – maybe even wonky data – can conspire to frustrate the best laid plans.
NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 (IRIN) - Amid the fanfare of hope surrounding this weekend’s adoption of a 17-point blueprint to end world poverty, there are murmurs of caution not to let the benchmarks obscure the real priorities ahead.
Some 150 world leaders have gathered in New York to sign up to the Sustainable Development Goals, described by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as “the People’s Agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind.”
By Imogen Foulkes
GENEVA, 24 September 2015 (IRIN) - Some years ago, way back in 2006 in fact, I met a journalist from Sri Lanka at the UN in Geneva. We were both there to cover peace talks between Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tiger rebels. The talks ended in failure, but conversations with my colleague were interesting. Fresh in his mind was the Asian tsunami, and his perception of the UN response in Sri Lanka.
By Muhammad Ibrahim
KADUNA STATE, 23 September 2015 (IRIN) - Hope Musa was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. On 25 June 2014, a suicide bomber believed to have ties to Boko Haram blew himself up at the busy Emab shopping plaza in the heart of the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Dozens were killed, many more injured.
By Jennifer Lazuta
DAKAR/OUAGADOUGOU, 22 September 2015 (IRIN) - A coup, a counter-coup, a stand-off, a missed ultimatum to lay down weapons: the uncertain situation in Burkina Faso is developing quickly and no one knows how it will end. After the army marched into the capital of Ouagadougou overnight to demand that the presidential guard disarm, regional mediators are gathering today at an ECOWAS summit in Nigeria to discuss the details of an accord aimed at ending the post-coup crisis and restoring the country to civilian rule.
TOVARNIK/OBREZJE, 22 September 2015 (IRIN) - Since Hungary sealed its border with Serbia last week, refugees and migrants determined to reach northern Europe have started forging a new route through Croatia. But the small country has struggled to manage the sudden arrival of tens of thousands of people at its borders.