Obi Anyadike, The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Obi Anyadike

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)


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Past articles by Obi:

What’s at stake in Nigeria’s high-risk elections

An electorate larger than the 14 other countries of West Africa combined goes to the polls on Saturday. The result is uncertain. → Read More

Inside Nigeria’s banditry epidemic

Communities across the northwest are paying protection money to avoid being killed or abducted. Some are now forging local peace deals. → Read More

In northern Nigeria’s conflict zone, camp closures make for high-risk returns

The shutdown of formal camps has forced many to move back to dangerous rural settlements with little support to restart their lives. → Read More

Famine ‘at the door’ in Somalia, predicted for later this year

Unless there’s an immediate surge in aid, the looming famine could be the worst humanitarian catastrophe the country has faced. → Read More

A country-by-country guide to worsening drought in the Horn of Africa

What you need to know about the growing emergency. → Read More

Alarm bells but little action as Horn of Africa faces unprecedented drought

Farmers and pastoralists in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia are struggling after three seasons of failed rains. A fourth now looms. → Read More

Military intervention hasn’t stopped Mozambique’s jihadist conflict

More than 700,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in northern Cabo Delgado, with little hope they will be able to return anytime soon. → Read More

My hijab: Nigerian Muslim women on faith and fashion

Young Muslim women say they dress modestly out of conviction, not at the command of the jihadists. → Read More

When peace comes: Imagining the end of Nigeria’s Boko Haram war

More than a decade of conflict in Nigeria’s northeast has upended the lives of millions. Four young Nigerians reflect on what peace means for them. → Read More

What Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram say about living with ex-fighters

There has been a wave of surrenders by jihadists who say they have repented, but civilians who have borne the brunt of their violence are not so sure they can be trusted. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s secret programme to lure top Boko Haram defectors

The jihadist conflict in the northeast is stalemated. But is forgiving some of the worst killers the right way to bring peace? → Read More

Can the UN’s new humanitarian chief be a reformer?

Martin Griffiths is a well-regarded humanitarian – but reformers in the aid sector wanted more than that. → Read More

What Déby’s demise means for Chad and the wider region

The death of Idriss Déby has left uncertainty over the country’s stability and its continued role in the regional fight against jihadist forces. → Read More

Nigeria’s unhappy union: How growing insecurity threatens the country’s future

Nigeria’s weak state is both a consequence and enabler of a growing chaos – adding to the toll of 11 million people in need of aid and hundreds of thousands more displaced. → Read More

Calls for fast action after Ebola outbreaks in Guinea, Congo

Building on advances in vaccines to combat the virus, aid agencies say working with local communities is the key to containing its spread. → Read More

The longshot bid to end rampant banditry in Nigeria’s northwest

Zamfara is at the centre of Nigeria’s bandit industry – time is running out to prevent the criminals from completely taking over. → Read More

Standing up to the bandits: A Nigerian community looks to forge its own peace

Hundreds of people have been killed by communal violence and banditry in Southern Kaduna this year. A local community says: “Enough!” → Read More

Are warnings of a COVID-19 famine in Africa overblown?

Grim warnings say COVID-19 is pushing Africa towards famine. We spoke to families in Kenya, Somalia, and Zimbabwe and got a different story. → Read More

Drought Diaries: The COVID-19 edition

We followed six families for six months to see how they coped with drought. Now, we’re returning to see how they’re surviving COVID-19. → Read More

March | Diary of a drought

A six-month series tracing the lives of six families in three countries as they grapple with the daily realities of drought. → Read More