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Sahel Crisis: UN Launches US$ 186 Million Appeal For Refugees As Violence Escalates

On June 12th, the UNHRC issued a US$186 million appeal for the refugee and displacement crisis in the Sahel region. Of the total $186 million, $97 million goes toward “initial requirements” for 2020, while $60 million is to grow the UNHCR’s emergency response, and $29 million will be used to […]


Ivorian, Burkina Troops Kill Eight Jihadists Near Border

Sunday, May 24, eight suspected jihadists were killed and another 38 captured in the first joint military operation between Burkinabe and Ivorian forces near the border of Burkina Faso and The Ivory Coast. Defense One reported Monday that the captured men — 24 in Burkina Faso and 14 in Ivory […]


Islamic State Africa – An Inevitability?

In 2018, it was estimated that as many as nine Islamic State ‘cells’ existed across Africa. Whilst lacking their predecessor’s numerical support and contiguous geographical influence, today they constitute a growing menace across the entire continent. Groups professing the ideology of IS now occupy territory in North, West, Central, East […]


No Ceasefire For African Conflicts Amidst COVID-19

Amidst pleas from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, violent conflict in Africa rages on. On March 23, Guterres urged warring parties worldwide to unite against the COVID-19 pandemic by laying down their arms temporarily. “The fury of the virus illustrates the […]


Thousands Flee Their Homes In Sahel And Lake Chad After Military Crackdown On Armed Groups

On 23 April, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) revealed that thousands of civilians in West Africa’s Sahel and Lake Chad regions have fled their homes following a surge in military activity in the area. At the end of March, security forces from Niger, Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon launched a military crackdown […]


Reforms Of Colonial Currency In West Africa

On 24th February, Kémi Séba, an anti-colonial and pan-Africanist activist responsible for the formation of the Anti-CFA Front, is set to face trial in Dakar, Senegal, for the illegal burning of a 5,000 CFA franc note at an anti-Françafrique rally held in Dakar on 19th August 2017. Séba was initially […]


France Increases Its Presence In The Sahel Region As Security Crisis Worsens

Last Wednesday France, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad decided to increase military collaboration and strategic cooperation in the face of the growing security crisis that affects the Sahel region. The Sahel, a semi-arid stretch of land separating the end of the Sahara desert and the beginning of the […]


Non-combative Strategies Should Be On the Agenda Towards Mali Conflict

According to the announcement of the French defence ministry on December 23, seven Islamic extremists had been killed by the French first armed drone strike. Being a tough response to 13 French soldiers’ death by a helicopter collision during their Mali operation several weeks ago, the defence minister Florence Parly […]


EU Nations Agree To Take In Refugees Stranded On The Ocean Viking Rescue Ship Near Malta 1

On Thursday, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Luxembourg, and Romania agreed to take in 356 African refugees aboard the Ocean Viking, a Norwegian-flagged rescue ship that has been stranded near Malta for two weeks. The EU Migration Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, negotiated the deal between Malta and the six other EU countries […]