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Mabella Market in Freetown, Sierra Leone: Many Sierra Leoneans put themselves at great risk – and often paid with their lives – to treat the sick, clean hospital wards, bury the dead and mobilise a public response. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In early 2015, as the Ebola epidemic that had killed almost 4,000 people in Sierra Leone was finally coming under control, Sinead Walsh, then Irish am(...)

Cameroon’s president,  Paul Biya, who has held on to power for 36 years. Photograph: Lintao Zhang  via Reuters

When the American ambassador took up his post in Cameroon late last year, he stepped into an increasingly troubled nation, locked in battle against Is(...)

When I googled “how to pack your bag” last week I got 449 million results, more than “how to end poverty” and “how to cure cancer” combined

The other day I caught up with a well-travelled American friend who had outdone himself this year by managing to see penguins in Antarctica, gorillas (...)

Imani Tutu at the Free Bird sculpture in Cavan. Imani came to Ireland with his family in 2014 from Tanzania as UNHCR-sponsored refugees. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Imani Tutu spent the first two decades of his life in a refugee camp in western Tanzania. A few years before he was born Tutu’s parents were forced to(...)

 Shares in Glencore, the world’s largest producer of cobalt with large operations in the DRC, fell 13 per cent. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

US authorities have demanded Glencore, the Swiss-based mining and commodities trading giant, hand over documents about its business in the Democratic (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN Building in New York to Irish who died on UN peacekeeping missions. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there was “no vanity” in Ireland seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council; the motivation was to protect (...)

A file image of a mountain gorilla holding her baby in the Virunga National Park  in eastern Congo. The Congolese government says it is to open the Virunga and Salonga National Parks to oil drilling. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has decided to open up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks, home to mountain gorillas, bonobos and o(...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

The US name plate one day after the United States announced its withdrawal at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The United Nations Human Rights Council is far from perfect. It has inbuilt flaws and needs to be reformed. But it has also been growing more effectiv(...)

Filippo Grandi,  the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: crises in South Sudan and Congo, and the exodus of Muslim Rohingya, raised forced displacements in 2017 to 68.5 million. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty

Nearly 69 million people who had fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, the UN refugee agency said, a record for the fi(...)

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