Nick Lancaster

Reports of Human Rights Abuses In Guinea As The Presidential Election Nears

In a damning report, human rights group Amnesty International has denounced a fundamental lack of accountability within Guinea’s security forces over the last year. A brutal repression of anti-government protests occurred between October 2019 and July 2020, as Guinean civilians took to the streets in opposition to Alpha Conde, the […]

Climate Change, COVID-19, And Violent Displacement In Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, recent reports released by national authorities have highlighted a surge in the number of people displaced from their homes in the last year. In total, a combination of a changing climate and escalating violence amid COVID-19 has seen a record one million Burkinabé internally displaced over the […]

Official Acknowledgement Of Public Outrage At Gender-Based Violence Needed In South Africa, Nigeria

Civilians in South Africa and Nigeria have met rises in gender-based violence during the COVID-19 lockdown with waves of indignation and fury. In recent weeks, South Africa has experienced a series of deeply disturbing femicides, thrusting the issue into the public spotlight and leading to the hashtag #StopKillingWomen trending on […]

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 […]

Murder of Ethiopian singer catalyses violence and simmering ethnic, political tensions

The shocking shooting of the singer Hachalu Hundessa in Addis Ababa early last week has since sparked widespread violence across the country’s Oromia region. Addis Ababa police have revealed a number of suspects have been detained on suspicion of murdering Hundessa, a singer known for making political commentaries through his […]

Uganda Opens Its Borders As Asylum Seekers Suffer Violence In The Eastern DRC

The number of violent attacks directed by armed groups towards innocent and displaced civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has soared in recent weeks. The unstable and insecure situation many Congolese people face has forced mass movement, with over 5 million civilians uprooted from their homes. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Criticism Mounts As More Details Emerge Of Kenya’s COVID-19 Response

The level of international scrutiny towards Kenya’s COVID-19 response has increased in the last week. This is chiefly due to a recent Human Rights watch report establishing at least six people died due to excessive police force in the first 10 days of the curfew. Kenya’s central government have done […]

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 […]