Articles tagged with: Africa
Côte d’Ivoire’s recent turbulence – including the ouster of president Henri Konan Bédié in 1999, a long-running insurgency and deadly poll unrest in 2011 – has left the country awash in arms, which have contributed to human rights abuses, widespread crime and persistent insecurity.
Testimonies of jailed Eritrean migrants and asylum seekers (collected by a local NGO) say officials at Saharonim prison in Israel’s Southern Negev desert are coercing them to sign “voluntary repatriation” forms. In one of the many testimonies, a 28-year-old Eritrean detainee reported being repeatedly visited by a translator telling her to accept deportation to a third country—Uganda.
Rusting hulks of capsized boats decorate the waters around Berbera, a port city in the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Further down Somalia’s coast, pirates raid freighters in the Gulf of Aden. Yet efforts are underway to help Somalis make better use of their 3,300km coastline.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila and his Rwandan and Ugandan counterparts, Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni, held crisis talks in Uganda a day after rebels captured the eastern DRC town of Goma mid-November, amid fears the situation could escalate into a much wider conflict.
Uganda’s mediation to end the fighting in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between government troops and M23 “mutineers”, which has caused large-scale population displacement, has come into question.
The month-long violence in Kenya’s Tana River District has left a broad wake of destruction and need. Health facilities, inundated by people injured in the conflict, are struggling to cope with insufficient medical supplies, say officials, and tens of thousands remain displaced.
With the debate on United Nations reform still lagging after 18 years, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has called for making the Security Council more democratic, with an expansion of seats and greater representation for Africa.
After three years in the making, Zimbabwe’s proposed 150-page draft constitution was deemed unacceptable by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and rejected by civil society. It was endorsed by ZANU-PF’s political opponents.
How to deal with Boko Haram violence splits Nigeria. In the north, the centre of bombings and shootings by the Islamist extremists, there is an almost universal demand for dialogue, while in the south the prevailing attitude is that there can be no negotiation with “terrorists” until they end the insurrection that has killed about 1,000 people since 2010.
Sub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain its present economic growth unless it eliminates the hunger that is affecting almost a quarter of its people, according to a new United Nations report launched in May, which calls for new approaches to empower local communities to ensure food security in the region.