Stories: Conflict

  • Inside the EU’s deeply flawed $200 million migration deal with Sudan

    In interviews with over 25 Eritrean and Ethiopian asylum seekers in Khartoum and the eastern city of Kassala, as well as local journalists, and lawyers working on behalf of refugees, IRIN has documented allegations of endemic police abuse, including extortion, violence, and sexual assault. The pattern of corruption and rights violations uncovered feeds into broader concerns over whether the EU&rsquo...

  • A Weapon Doesn’t Know The Difference Between Father And A Son

    On the war “It started around 1981/2. The people here wanted independence because the government was not interested in Casamance. This is how it started. I was displaced from my village.  My house was burnt by rebels. I lost everything. I was separated from my children for a month. It was horrible. There was only pain. Just pain. ...

  • Women and war: facing into the danger zones

    On the third Wednesday of March last year, eight people were laid to rest at the Yeşilkent cemetery in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. Each burial was careful recorded, with the name of the deceased, their age, their parents’ names and the date of their death. Seven people were listed that way. But one entry said simply: woman,...

  • Why It’s Now A Crime To Let Cattle Graze Freely In 2 Nigerian States

    Watch Tim McDonnell's accompanying video here. As a cattle herder in Benue, a rural state in central Nigeria, Sale Tambaya's life revolved around his herd of roughly 100 cows and a few dozen sheep. Normally, he would take them out from a pen near his thatched hut every morning to graze freely in the surrounding grassland. But on Nov. 1,...

  • The hero rats of Africa sniff out land mines — and TB infections

    MOROGORO, Tanzania — The grass is still damp with dew as the sun begins to glint over the Uluguru Mountains. It’s only 7 a.m. in Morogoro, Tanzania, but Oprah and Malala and Taylor Swift and the others are already hard at work. They are heroes in the region, literal saviors to thousands of Tanzanians and those in the...

  • Congo’s young pygmy reporters take to the airwaves to fight exclusion

    MBANDAKA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sixteen-year-old Elisée Nyanokonzo used to be afraid to walk alone around the streets of Mbandaka, the crumbling provincial of Équateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a Batwa pygmy, Nyanokonzo was constantly fearful of being taunted or attacked by someone from the majority Bantu...

  • ‘We Are Not Yet Free’: Living in Slavery’s Shadow in Mauritania

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania—Maatalla Mboirick’s home sits a few hundred meters off the main road of this desert city, past high mounds of orange sand. It is little more than a collection of tarps affixed to wooden beams and scrap metal. Thin mattresses and sturdy pillows line the interior of a tent at the back of the property,...

  • An uneasy coexistence in the Mauritanian desert

    Mbera refugee camp, Mauritania - It is often difficult to know where the sprawling Mbera refugee camp ends, and the desolate, desert communities of southeastern Mauritania begin. Both spring up almost unexpectedly from the mounds of orange sand and shrubs: tents made from tarps fastened to curved tree branches, animal pens, and the odd mud-brick, tin or aluminium structure. ...

  • A Silk Road Marriage

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan — As the sun sets over the city’s snowcapped mountains, Yerbolat and May Ospanov settle into the gray sofa. May slides her hands over Yerbolat’s, which lie clasped on his knee. Then, with a precision honed through countless recitations, they take turns listing the dozens of places they’ve lived together around the...

  • Wives of Warring Rivals Strive to Bring Peace to Nigeria’s Kaduna State

    GOLKOFA, NIGERIA – The shouting started in the distance, but Zulai Bello knew it would soon reach her front door. As the voices got louder, she grabbed her seven children and ran from their home in the Nigerian village of Golkofa. Minutes later, the mob of angry men reached her house and burned it to the ground. Bello and her...