Africa

Instruments of Pain (II): Conflict and Famine in South Sudan

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War in South Sudan led the UN to declare 100,000 people are suffering famine, with a further 5.5 million at… ICG This special briefing urges the country to work harder to establish parameters for a… At the same time, humanitarian corridors from Sudan should be kept open and donors must fully fund the UN aid… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Open Letter to the UN Security Council on Peacekeeping in Mali

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To address growing violence in Mali that is undermining the Algeria-brokered peace accord, the UN Security Council should in June renew the mandate of the… Jean-Marie Guéhenno ICG Excellencies, Only weeks away from the official end of the two-year “interim period” defined in the June 2015 peace agreement, much of Mali remains unstable and a… Implementation of the Algeria-brokered agreement consumes considerable diplomatic energy for… Open Letter to… Read More »

Frenzied rescues save more than 2,000 asylum seekers

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A total of 2,074 people brought to safety in a day of non-stop rescues of those stranded in the Mediterranean… Al Jazeera – News agencies More than 2,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic… An Italian coast guard spokesman said 19 rescue operations by the coast guard or ships operated by non… Frenzied rescues save… Read More »

Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

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For the first time in three decades, four countries, driven by war, verge on… ICG Over coming weeks, Crisis Group will publish special briefings on Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and… Each conflict requires tailored response; all need increased aid and efforts to end the… The last time the UN declared a famine was in 2011, in… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Millions of discarded flip flops posing huge hazard to ocean life

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Watamu, Kenya (CNN) – The shores of Watamu on the Kenyan coast should be pristine. They’re not. Olivia Yasukawa and Thomas Page CNN Downstream from an ecological disaster brewing a continent away, these placid waters are bearing the brunt of a foot-born problem: your flip flops. The Japanese call… Millions of discarded… Read More »

When children see war as better than peace

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Children born of wartime rape in northern Uganda endure post-war violence, stigma, social-exclusion McGill University Eurek Alert For most people, the end of a war offers relief, hope, and an end to violence. This may not… When children see… Read More »

Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians and why are they persecuted?

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Coptic Christians, known as Copts, are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, constituting roughly 10 per cent of the country’s… Steven Viney ABC Although many now identify as Arabs, Copts do not historically believe themselves to be of Arab origin, but are instead… The word Coptic is derived from the ancient Greek word for… Who are Egypt’s… Read More »

Muted start to election campaigning in Algeria

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The May 4 parliamentary poll will be the first since the legislature adopted landmark constitution reforms last… Al Jazeera Source: AFP news agency Campaigning for Algeria’s May 4 parliamentary elections got off to a muted start on Sunday, with the public showing little interest in the… It’s the first election since the legislature’s powers were boosted by amendments to the… Muted start to… Read More »

Egyptians respond to ISIS church bombings: ‘Your terrorism brings us together’

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Egyptians of different faiths rallied together on Sunday in defiance of ISIS, after the group claimed responsibility for two Coptic Christian church bombings hundreds… Emanuella Grinberg and Sarah Sirgany CNN The attacks left at least 43 dead and dozens more injured, amid grim scenes of hollowed-out churches, with body parts and… Outraged Egyptians posted messages of solidarity with members of the… Egyptians respond to… Read More »

History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

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  Today marks the anniversary of the end of nearly 700 years of African Muslim rule over Spain, Portugal and Southern France. Garikai Chengu Global Research Four hundred and eight years ago today King Phillip III of Spain signed an order, which was one of the earliest examples of ethnic cleansing. At the height… History: How African… Read More »

DR Congo: What Next for the Political Process?

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The Catholic bishops of DR Congo have ended their mediation efforts between President Kabila and a deeply divided… Hans Hoebeke ICG Amid a backdrop of worsening insecurity in the Kasai provinces, Kabila’s agreement to appoint a new prime minister could merely mark the… The last ten days have seen important developments in the… DR Congo: What… Read More »

Burundi: The Army in Crisis

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Two years on, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of resolution. Political and ethnic polarisation are now tearing apart the integrity of the army, long seen as the primary achievement of the… ICG Executive Summary Two years in, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of… Following the July 2015 re-election of President Nkurunziza, whose April decision to run… Burundi: The Army… Read More »

The ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’

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Dina Nayeri was just a child when she fled Iran as an asylum… But as she settled into life in the US and then Europe, she became suspicious of the idea that refugees should shed their old identities and be eternally… The Guardian A few weeks ago I dusted off my expired Iranian passport photo, an unsmiling eight-year-old version of me – stunned, angry… The ungrateful refugee… Read More »

African Nations Turn Human Rights Scanner on ‘Racist and Xenophobic’ India

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NEW DELHI: The African missions, after several days of discussions with each other and more importantly with officials in the… The Citizen Bureau In a statement issued by the office of the Dean of the African Group of… After a special meeting, the African missions said that they expected the strongest condemnation from the government of India at… African Nations Turn… Read More »

Relatives of U.S. prisoners in Egypt chide Trump

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Despite families’ request, president does not mention human rights in remarks about Sisi’s… Josh Meyer Politico President Donald Trump once again dodged any public comment on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s much-maligned human rights record after their meeting Monday, even as… One of them is 17-year-old Ahmed Hassan of… Relatives of U.S… Read More »

Short Film: How Water Gets From The Nile To Thirsty Refugees

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“Water was the biggest thing,” says journalist Tim McDonnell of the scene at the refugee settlement of Palorinya in northern Uganda. Marc Silver npr Since December, 146,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border, fleeing the violence of the civil war. And without enough… Short Film: How… Read More »