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The pandemic has shifted patterns of conflict in Africa

Although the overall rate of conflict has remained steady in Africa during the past 10 weeks of the pandemic, the nature of this is changing in subtle but significant ways

Armed militants wage war on Burkina Faso’s schools

A survivor tells of how Islamists carrying AK-47s arrived on motorbikes, forced fleeing children to lie on the ground and beat teachers before setting a building on fire

Covid-19 in Africa: The good news and the bad

What might Africa look like in the wake of the pandemic? There’s enough change happening to keep both optimists happy and pessimists glum

Conflict is escalating in central Mali, says Human Rights Watch

Last year was the deadliest for civilians since the current political crisis began in 2012. And the fighting is also increasing in neighbouring countries

Secularism is not the answer to fundamentalist violence

A solution to religious fundamentalist violence is neither a secularist view nor religious in nature; it entails a blend of both.

Kenya suffers Somali blowback

Kenya said it invaded Somalia to protect its citizens, but the attack in Nairobi this week shows this has failed

French start-up offers ‘dark web’ compass, but not for everyone

Over the past five years, Aleph has indexed 1.4 billion links and 450 million documents across some 140 000 dark websites

Niger’s leaders have betrayed its founding principles

Nigeriens have engaged in over six decades of painstaking work to build a strong nation. But Niger is no longer looked upon as a beacon of light

The soldiers who won’t fight

Many of Mali’s soldiers aren’t prepared to risk their lives fighting in the north of the country. One deserter explains why

Somali women sidestep taboos to play football

'The sight of young women playing football is highly unusual in Somalia, owing to societal pressures as well as fear of al-Shabab'

China dominant in Djibouti port spat

There are only two sea routes linking Europe with East Africa and much of Asia. Either you sail around the Cape of Good Hope or through the Suez Canal

A Trump decree is killing innocent civilians in Somalia

Trump's new relaxed rules of engagement are killing civilians and breeding the next generation of anti-US fighters.

‘Somalis must stand united and fight’

The president and citizens believe they must urgently stop al-Shabab ‘before they kill all of us’

The unsung heroes of Somali blast

Volunteer paramedics braved danger to minimise casualties in the country’s worst-ever terror attack

Al-Shabab’s show of force backfires disastrously

Despite years of conflict, al-Shabab remains a potent military and political force, able to occupy territory and launch terror attacks

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