BAMAKO, 29 May 2015 (IRIN) - 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.
The situation is worst in the northern Timbuktu region, where an estimated 23,000 people have been driven from their homes in only a few days, fleeing a marked upsurge in attacks by rebel coalitions and government-controlled militias.
Ukraine's frontline cuts across the country like a jagged scar. Despite a February ceasefire, the fighting hasn't stopped. In March and April, Kristina Jovanovski had rare access to rebel-held areas to investigate the humanitarian disaster that has unfolded on Europe's doorstep. Here is her exclusive report on why aid isn't getting through.
NOUAKCHOTT, 28 mai 2015 (IRIN) - La Mauritanie, un pays affecté par la faim chronique, pourrait voir sa disponibilité alimentaire chuter à son niveau le plus bas depuis de nombreuses années si la sécheresse continue de ravager les cultures, les troupeaux et les moyens de subsistance.
OXFORD, 28 May 2015 (IRIN) - The European Commission has fleshed out its plans to manage record levels of irregular migration to the European Union’s shores, but there are still question marks around how, when and to what degree the proposals will be implemented.
Here’s an overview of the key issues and potential stumbling blocks:
Four months incarcerated in a Libyan detention centre has destroyed Charles's dreams of a better life in Europe: "I don't want to go to Europe anymore, I just want to go home,” he says.
LONDON, 27 May 2015 (IRIN) - A new report confirms gruesome allegations that militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) systematically booby-trapped dead bodies before abandoning the Syrian town of Kobani in January. Decapitated bodies have been filled with 20 kilogrammes of explosive charges and more than 500 steel ball bearings and rigged to explode at the slightest touch, according to the report from Handicap International (HI).
By Mamoudou Lamine Kane and Jennifer Lazuta
NOUAKCHOTT, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) - As the food security situation in Mauritania continues to deteriorate, aid workers say the next few months could be among the most difficult in years, particularly for those living in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
NUWAKOT, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) - Phulmaya Biswakarma was sitting on a pile of rubble that used to be her home, watching the road that snaked across the mountainside for a vehicle carrying relief supplies to her remote village in earthquake-devastated Nepal.
The wind whipped against the temporary shelters her family had built amongst the wreckage, and the sun was sinking behind the mountains in Nuwakot district, about 100 kilometres north of the capital, Kathmandu.
Her hope was fading with the daylight.
Belgrade, 26 mai 2015 (IRIN) - Les acteurs humanitaires reçoivent les mêmes spams (courriels indésirables) que tout le monde – il semble que j'aie une relation naissante avec la belle-fille de Charles Taylor, le seigneur de guerre libérien déchu...etc – mais après ma participation à la réponse au tremblement de terre qui a secoué le Pakistan en 2008, j'ai commencé à recevoir une nouvelle catégorie de courriels : des spams sur le thème de l'abri.
OSH, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) - Zahira doesn’t much like to return to the site. A concrete slab now covers the entrance to the cellar where her twin brother Hassan hid.
“Most of us women and children went to camps at the border [with Uzbekistan], but the men stayed behind to protect our homes,” said Zahira*. Hassan was among them.
“I called him around noon and he said they were hiding in the cellar. I called again at 5pm and no one answered.”
AMMAN, 25 May 2015 (IRIN) - Wael al-Sahlee’s journey went into reverse pretty quickly. The 40-year-old Palestinian from Syria had been living in Jordan illegally for three years, having fled the Syrian civil war, when he decided, along with his nine-year-old son Montasser, to travel to Europe.
He booked flights to Sudan, where he was going to join the thousands of people who make the treacherous journey every year across the Sahara in the hope of getting on a boat to Europe.
Abidjan, 21 mai 2015 (IRIN) - Des centaines d’enfants séjournent pendant de longues périodes dans les prisons pour adultes surpeuplées de la Côte d’Ivoire. Le système de justice pénale du pays a été affaibli par la crise : ils doivent parfois patienter pendant des mois avant de connaître la date de leur procès.
En vertu de la loi ivoirienne, les juges disposent de 15 jours pour juger un prévenu. Ce délai est cependant rarement respecté. De nombreux accusés – y compris de jeunes adolescents – sont détenus préventivement pendant plusieurs mois consécutifs.
By Javier Pérez de la Cruz
MELILLA , 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - It is a hot, sunny spring day in Melilla, Spain and a Syrian family is sheltering from the sun under a plastic tent while a group of young Africans are chatting in the shade of a small bridge.
KIGOMA, 21 mai 2015 (IRIN) - Si vous demandez à un réfugié burundais récemment arrivé en Tanzanie quand il pense rentrer chez lui, il est fort probable qu’il réponde « je n’en ai pas l’intention ». Et maintenant, une épidémie de choléra à la frontière rend le voyage encore plus dangereux.
AMMAN / DUBAI, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - The conflict in Yemen is worsening the country's food insecurity, according to a new report, which predicts that the parts of Arab state may enter an emergency phase by the end of the year.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is forecasting that Yemen will be at “PHASE 4: Emergency” by November, meaning “at least one in five households face extreme food consumption gaps resulting in very high acute malnutrition or excess mortality.”
By Annie Slemrod
JERUSALEM, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - Gulf Arab states and Turkey have spectacularly failed to fulfill their pledges to Gaza, contributing to a two-thirds shortfall in promised assistance to the beleaguered enclave, a new report reveals.
Qatar has delivered just 10 percent of the $1 billion it promised, while Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Kuwait between them have handed over just over $50 million of the $900 million they pledged, according to a World Bank report seen by IRIN ahead of its release.
LONDON, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - The US government on Wednesday released a tranche of declassified documents revealing some of Osama bin Laden’s inner thoughts, including on climate change and aid.
His views on humanitarianism have attracted a fair degree of mockery. Few will look for advice on compassion from a man who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks in 2001 that killed more than 3,000 people in New York.
Yet for humanitarian organisations seeking to deliver aid to needy people in areas where militant Islamist militants hold sway, there are lessons to learn:
MAILUNG , 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - Mento Ghale did what any parent would do when Nepal’s 25 April earthquake struck her village of Mailung: she grabbed the children and got them out of the house as quickly as she could.
It was a narrow escape. Much of Ghale’s village, tucked away at the base of a hill in Rusawa district in eastern Nepal, was swept away in a landslide triggered by the 7.8-magnitude quake. Scores of her neighbours are buried in the mud and rubble – among the more that 9,500 Nepalese killed in the disaster.
MAROUA, CAMEROUN, 21 mai 2015 (IRIN) - l devient de plus en plus difficile de trouver de la nourriture dans l’Extrême-Nord camerounais, disent les habitants de la région, non seulement parce que c’est actuellement la période de soudure, mais aussi parce que l’insécurité due à la présence de Boko Haram a gravement perturbé les activités agricoles et le commerce transfrontalier.
KIGOMA, TANZANIA, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - If you ask a Burundian refugee who has recently arrived in Tanzania when they plan to return home, there’s a good chance that the answer will be, “I don’t.” Now a cholera outbreak on the border has made the journey all the more dangerous.