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Changing Climate In The Sahel Region Is A Global Security Issue 1

As the Sahel region experiences the harsh realities of climate change in real-time, the president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, last week, made the case that the climate crisis in the region warrants a global response. The Sahel stretches from the West African coast to the Horn of Africa, and as […]

Prevalence Of Gender-Based Violence In South Africa And What Can Be Done About It

In the midst of discourse surrounding a number of xenophobic attacks occurring in South Africa, conversations around femicide and gender-based violence have also been re-sparked. According to official government numbers, about 137 sexual offences are committed a day, and over 30 women were killed by their spouses in the month […]

Will Cameroon’s “National Dialogue” Ease The Tensions Of The Anglophone Crisis? 4

On September 10th, the president of Cameroon, Paul Biya, gave a speech that Cameroonians expected would finally address the Anglophone crisis occurring throughout the northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon. Given that public addresses by Biya are rare, the announcement was a surprising development and raised questions about whether the […]

Cattle Herders And Farmers Clash In Nigeria’s Middle Belt

In Nigeria’s Middle Belt, the conflict between cattle herders and farmers has intensified. Disputes have centered around an expanding agricultural population, land scarcity for both cattle grazing and farming, and has, in turn, created this cycle of conflict where neither of the two groups’ needs are met. Various news outlets […]

Truth And Reconciliation Hearings Underway In The Gambia

This week in the Gambia, testimonies continue in front of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) to uncover the truth about the crimes committed under former president Yahya Jammeh’s regime. The formation of the TRRC in the Gambia follows in the footsteps of numerous countries after long periods of […]

Rethinking Indefinite National Service In Eritrea 5

Continued mandatory indefinite conscription of Eritreans is at the center of an influx of Eritrean refugees in Sudan, according to the BBC’s reporting, many of whom are young men and women yet to finish their formal education. Completing their final year of high school at a military camp, young people […]

Is The Building Of The Gibe III Dam In Ethiopia Helping Or Hindering Development?

The building of the $1.8 billion dam, the Gilgel Gibe III dam, in Ethiopia, began in 2006 and has since become an international point of contention. The government has branded this development project as setting the people in the Lower Omo Valley of Ethiopia on the path to development and […]

The Repercussions Of Suppressing Online Political Dissent In Uganda

Just days ago, the Ugandan government announced that it will now require that influential social media figures and journalists register their online activities to be monitored in an attempt to limit “immoral [and] prejudiced content” posted online, as stated by the Uganda Communications Commission. This crackdown on what is shared […]

How It All Went Wrong For Hong Kong 1

Protests in Hong Kong continue as the leader Carrie Lam has made the decision to table the controversial legislation that would allow extradition to mainland China to stand trial. In response to millions of demonstrators expressing their dissent, Lam apologized to the people of Hong Kong, setting the bill aside […]