Author: Nick Lancaster

Ghana Faces Growing Vigilantism And Electoral Violence

The issue of vigilantism and electoral violence in Ghana continues to be at the forefront of Ghanaian political discourse. Most recently, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah (General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress) implored President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to seek justice for Silas Wulo Chameh, the teacher trainee graduate who

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ECOWAS Intervenes In Mali, But Offers Few New Ideas

After an inflammation of tensions and protests in Mali, the nation’s neighbours have at last decided to intervene. West African leaders have come together to call for unity government in a bid to ease the country’s deepening political crisis. This call has been accompanied by a whispered threat: those that

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Climate Change, Conflict, And COVID-19: Civilians Are Bearing The Brunt Around The Lake Chad Basin

A sequence of climate change and conflict is having an increasingly devastating effect on the livelihoods and security of innocent civilians living around the Lake Chad Basin. This region’s fragile state of living has been further exacerbated by the impact of preventative measures taken against COVID-19. Some commentators have described

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Political Unrest In Mali Spills Over Into Violence

A protest organised by what is becoming known as the “June 5th movement” in the Malian capital of Bamako has seen at least four people killed and twenty others wounded. In response to the protest, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has now dissolved the country’s constitutional court. The movement, with

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Political Unrest In Mali Spills Over Into Violence

A protest organized by what is becoming known as the “June 5th movement” in the Malian capital of Bamako has seen at least four people killed and twenty others wounded. And, in response to this instability and protest, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has now dissolved the country’s constitutional court.

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Systemic Gender-Based Violence In South Africa

The gruesome murders of women witnessed by South Africa in the last few weeks has acted as a disturbing signal of the gender-based violence plaguing this country. South Africa has experienced a surge in rapes and killings of women with three high-profile cases sparking campaigns on Twitter. The first was Tshegofatso Pule.

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 Displacement And Civilian Deaths In The Sahel Region

The escalating violence in Africa’s Sahel region is beginning to have widespread consequences. Thousands of civilians, targeted by both terrorist organisations as well as military forces, have been forced to flee from their local communities for safety. The Sahel conflict is quickly becoming one of largest displacement crises in the

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Is South Sudan’s Peace Deal Unravelling?

In South Sudan, political gridlock, division, and intercommunal violence have raised fears that the country’s once hopeful peace deal of 2018 is at risk of unravelling. The rising level of violence has sparked international concern and is tightly connected to the intransigence of the coalition’s respective political parties. In a

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South African Immigration Policy: It’s Time For A Change

Xenophobia has long been a dark sub-chapter of the post-apartheid South African story. This discrimination, directed by Black South African nationals towards Black African immigrants, has been a constant struggle in the “New” South Africa. Indeed, it was the xenophobic riots of 2008, 2015, and 2019 that constituted the most

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Ethiopian-Sudan Relations Deteriorate Following Border clashes of Forces

Diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Sudan have become further inflamed after a deadly clash between armed forces along their common border last Thursday. Sudan responded by summoning the Ethiopian embassy’s charge d’affaires, as their army spokesperson General Amer Mohamed al-Hassan announced that “we decided to give a chance for diplomacy

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Tortured Members of the Zimbabwean Opposition now face Charges

Tortured Members of the Zimbabwean Opposition now face Charges Three members of the Zimbabwean opposition who have described suffering torture at the hands of state forces have now been charged with promoting public violence and ignoring coronavirus lockdown regulations. The charges relate to their organisation of a protest on 13th

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Mozambique Silent On Missing Journalist As Insurgent Threat Grows

In the last week, a complex and violent conflict developing in the northern Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique has caught international attention. On one side, the shadowy armed Islamist group coordinating attacks on the region since October 2017 has become increasingly emboldened. Meanwhile, on the other, international rights groups and media have

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