Africa

Lawyer who helped Boko Haram schoolgirls' release wins UN award

The founder of a school for orphaned children in Nigeria has won a top United Nations award. The UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award honours people who dedicate their lives to helping victims of war.

South Sudan

'Thousands of women raped and assaulted' in South Sudan

Survivors and rights groups say thousands have been abused as the four-year-old conflict continues to worsen.

Europe

Death on the Mediterranean

Although the number of lives lost has fallen, refugees crossing the Mediterranean are dying at a quicker rate.

Death on the Mediterranean

Refugees

Refugees dying at quicker rate in Mediterranean

Rights groups concerned as likelihood of drowning increases on 'most dangerous' route and as conditions worsen in Libya.

IOM: Refugees dying at quicker rate in Mediterranean

Africa

Nigeria: Sukur Kingdom fights to preserve UNESCO status

A kingdom in northern Nigeria is trying to recover three years after a devastating attack by Boko Haram.

Africa

DR Congo forces kill 36 Burundi refugees

'Overwhelmed' troops shot at refugees who were protesting against plans to be sent home, official says.

War & Conflict

Using Capoeira to heal trauma for former child soldiers

"The ideals of Capoeira teach how to love... Without those values, these children would still be combating."

Using Capoeira to heal trauma for former child soldiers

Africa

Sierra Leone orphanages overwhelmed after landslide

Orphanages in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, are struggling to take in more children after last month's flooding and landslides. More than 1,000 people were killed, leaving many children without parents.

Africa

UN 'botched' sexual abuse cases in CAR

UN says it will investigate latest allegations of mishandling of cases after internal report leaked to US-based NGO.

UN 'botched' sexual abuse cases in CAR

Africa

Birth complications kill around 50,000 Nigerian women a year

In Nigeria, about 50,000 women die every year because of birth-related complications. It often happens while giving birth at home. Culture, cost and distance keep many from going to hospitals.

Africa

Sierra Leone: Residents refuse to relocate from landslide zone

Tens of thousands of people in Sierra Leone whose homes were destroyed in a landslide last month are still waiting to be re-housed. Hundreds of people were killed in the mudslides on the outskirts of the capital Freetown.

Africa

Zimbabwe rolls out biometric technology to register voters

Zimbabwe introduces biometric technology to register voters ahead of next year's presidential and parliamentary elections.

Africa

Controversial mining charter on hold in South Africa

The South African government is delaying the implementation of a controversial new mining charter. The legislation would force all mines to hand over more of their business to black South Africans.

Africa

A letter from Nairobi

With booming construction and privatisation, today's Kenyan capital is a shadow of its 1970s version.

Returning to Kenya's Nairobi after 40 years

In the Field

Gambia: The people who stood up to Yahya Jammeh

We talk to the men and women who helped bring Yahya Jammeh's 22-year rule to an end.