A new wave of Irish emigrants to Zimbabwe has helped breathe life into the country’s expatriate community, which had dwindled because of the countr(...)

Itai Dzamara in a protest against Robert Mugabe’s government last autumn. He was abducted on March 9th and has not been since since.

Zimbabwe’s security forces did not take long to conclude that Itai Dzamara’s civil disobedience campaign was a threat to president Robert Mugabe’s gov(...)

Tobacco farmers in Harare protest during an auction on the first day of Zimbabwe’s marketing season earlier this year, as prices for the country’s biggest agricultural export plunged. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

The evidence of Zimbabwe’s ailing economy is everywhere: massive unemployment, numerous companies going to the wall each month, a weak annual economic(...)

Beds wait for occupation from foreigner migrants affected by Xenophobic violence, which sparked off in the South Africa port city Durban almost three weeks ago, so far leaving nine people dead, and hundreds displaced, in Mayfair, Johannesburg. Photo: Kevin Sutherland/EPA.

South Africa deployed the army on Tuesday in “volatile areas” to curb a wave of anti-immigrant violence that has killed at least seven people this mon(...)

  South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma (c) addressing a crowd during a visit to affected areas after recent anti-immigrant attacks in the port city of Durban. Mr Zuma said the attacks go against the beliefs of the majority of South Africa. Photograph: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS/EPA

South Africa’s president cancelled a trip abroad in order to deal with a series of attacks on immigrants in the country that have killed at least six (...)

People take cover from a stun grenade and tear gas after a skirmish  during this week’s march against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The wave of xenophobic violence that has blighted South Africa this week threatened to take hold in neighbouring countries yesterday, where locals we(...)

South Africans gather  outside a hostel during anti-immigrant  violence in Johannesburg. South Africa has sought diplomatic support from  African nations to defeat the ‘demon’ of anti-immigrant violence in the country.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa sought diplomatic support from countries across Africa to defeat the “demon” of anti-immigrant violence in the country, in which at least(...)

For eight years Dr Gerry Burke was a committee member of the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association

It was characteristic of Limerick-based doctor Gerry Burke, who has died aged 76, that even a month before his death he was still writing vigorous let(...)

Zimbabwe intends to proceed with plans to export live elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates and France because the country has too many of the animals and needs to fund its national parks. Photograph: Getty Images.

Zimbabwe intends to proceed with plans to export live elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates and France because the country has too many of the (...)

‘The Government operates a system of direct provision for asylum-seekers, so that each adult gets €19.10 a week, along with accommodation and food. People languish for years in a system originally intended to be a temporary measure for six months or so.’ Above, a group of  asylum seekers, refugees and supporters which marched from the Dáil to the Department of Justice last year protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Some time ago, I visited a direct provision hostel that is within walking distance of the Dáil. Although it is so centrally located, no one to whom I (...)