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May 24, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Internally Displaced Continue to Grow in 2016

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have issued a report indicating that there were 31 million persons world-wide newly internally displaced in …

May 24, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Boko Haram members welcome back returned members of the sect that were released by the Nigerian government. Boko Haram Likely to Kidnap Foreign Aid Workers in Nigeria

In early May, American and British authorities warned that Boko Haram intends to start kidnapping foreigners, most of whom would be aid workers in northeast Nigeria. (There are virtually no other Eur…

May 24, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Dancers perform in Guinea-Bissau. Peaceful African States

With the serious, headline-grabbing violence in the Central African Republic, Congo, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan, it is easy to forget that there are peaceful countries in sub-Saharan Africa. T…

May 23, 2017

Nigeria
An image of the Nigeria Security Tracker. Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 13 – May 19

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from May 6 to May 12, 2017. This update also represents violence related to Boko Ha…

May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum. Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

May 18, 2017

Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nnamdi Azikwe international airport before his departure for London. Rumors of President Buhari’s Death Abound

In Nigeria, rumors have begun to spread that President Muhammadu Buhari has died. These appear to be false, despite that the president has appeared ill for months. After spending an extended medical …

May 18, 2017

South Africa
Dlamini-Zuma at a meeting of the African National Congress. Dlamini-Zuma at Top of the ANC Table

On May 14, South African president and African National Congress (ANC) party leader Jacob Zuma endorsed his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, for party leadership. The ANC party elections will be held…

May 15, 2017

Nigeria
A pipeline near Lagos that was blown up by militants. Nigeria Continues to Buy Off Delta Militants

The Nigerian presidency has announced that it is releasing an additional N30 billion (about $98.47 million) with the promise of a subsequent N5 billion to ex-Niger Delta militants. The Nigerian gover…

May 5, 2017

South Africa
Zuma and Ramaphosa in the shadow of Mandela. The ANC Leadership Table: Who is in the Race?

For junkies of South African politics, Ranjeni Munusamy has put together a list of likely candidates for the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) at the upcoming party convention in Dece…

May 5, 2017

Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Nigerian Anxiety Grows over President Buhari’s Health

On May 3, President Muhammadu Buhari missed his third consecutive weekly cabinet meeting. He was also absent from Friday prayers on April 28 and his grandson’s wedding on April 29. On May 1, he did n…