Author: Abbey Ryan

Madagascar On The Brink Of Famine

According to the United Nations (UN), Madagascar is on the brink of experiencing the world’s first “climate change famine.” With no rain in the last four years, tens of thousands of people are already suffering from “catastrophic” levels of hunger and food insecurity. These conditions are not driven by conflict

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Mozambique Forces Retake Mocimboa da Praia

On August 12th, the governor of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique declared the city of Mocímboa da Praia safe for civilians to return. The city had previously been occupied by Islamist insurgents but was retaken by a joint force from Rwanda and Mozambique on Sunday. The town was first

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Germany To Pay $1.2 Billion In Reparations To Namibia

In June, Germany offered Namibia more than one billion euros over 30 years as reparations for the 1904-1908 genocide and property theft of thousands of Ovaherero and Nama people. This offer comes after six years of negations between both bodies and Germany’s official recognition of the genocide in May. The

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Tunisian President Dismisses Prime Minister And Parliament

On Monday, July 26th Tunisia’s president, Kais Saied, ousted the sitting government and halted all actions in parliament with the support of the Tunisian army. Saied announced late on Sunday that he was invoking Article 80 of the Tunisian Consitution to dismiss the Prime Minister, Hichem Mechichi. This action also

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South Africa Faces Food Shortages Following Protests And Riots

Over the past few weeks, riots and protests have broken out in South Africa and have resulted in stores, trucks, and warehouses being raided and burned. Many people are facing starvation with little to no access to food. While the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has promised “immediate food relief,”

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Boko Haram Fighters Pledging Allegiance With ISWAP

A recent video produced by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) shows hundreds of Boko Haram fighters pledging their allegiance to ISWAP. The video emerged a few weeks after the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, reportedly died. It is unclear if Boko Haram senior officials, or only the

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Sudan Rejoining The International Community

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank officially declared Sudan eligible for over fifty billion dollars in debt relief, following policy implementations and other actions from the Sudanese transitional government. The two institutions announced that Sudan “has taken the necessary steps to begin receiving debt relief,” which equates to

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Nigerian Students Missing Following School Attack

On Thursday, June 17th, the Birnin Yauri Public University in the Kebbi State of Nigeria was attacked by armed bandits. Three teachers and several students have gone missing following the attacks. According to Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu, one policeman was killed during the ambush. During the attack, at least

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Faced Voters In 2021 Election On Monday

On Monday, 21 June Ethiopia held its first election since the 2015 House of People’s Representatives election. It was also Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s first test of voter support since he assumed office in 2018, following the resignation of former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. This general election was originally supposed

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Pan-African Parliament Fights Highlights Tension Between States

Pan-African Parliament members came to blows recently in a debate over who will be the next president of the Parliament. PAP initially formed to unite the continent and help create peace and security amongst the states. However, recent meetings saw physical and verbal altercations between politicians. The PAP is part

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Threat Of Famine And Refugee Crisis In Ethiopia

Over 90% of people in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia need food aid, according to the United Nations (UN). This week the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) appealed for more than 200 million USD in aid to help fight increasing hunger areas in the Tigray region. For nearly seven

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African Union And Chad Junta Seek Peaceful Transition Of Power

On May 20th, 2021, the African Union (AU), a continental body of African countries, called for a “democratic transition” for the Chad government within 18 months. This announcement follows the death of Chad’s President Idriss Deby last month during a battle with the Front for Change and Concord in Chad

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