May 25, 2018Cape Verde
A group of twenty-five African migrants attempted to sail in a catamaran from the West African archipelago of Cape Verde to northeastern Brazil, a distance of less than two thousand miles.
June 21, 2018Nigeria
Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General Abubakar Malami said that Abuja has reached an agreement with a number of countries, including the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, for the repatriation of $500 million in looted public funds.
May 18, 2018Niger
AFRICOM is taking these steps following an extensive investigation of the ambush and death of four U.S. troops in western Niger in October 2017. Coming out of the investigation is public acknowledgement for the first time that there were ten additional attacks on U.S. troops in West Africa from 2015 to 2017.
June 20, 2018Democratic Republic of Congo
Though Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala of Democratic Republic of Congo officially announced on June 12 that President Joseph Kabila would not stand for a controversial third term, this has not ended speculation that Kabila, whose term of office expired in 2016, will find a way to continue to stay in power. Shortly thereafter, in what will surely complicate the election, the International Criminal Court acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former Congolese vice president, an ex-warlord, and a fierce rival of Kabila.
June 19, 2018Nigeria
The attack occurred on the same day that the Nigerian chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, publicly said that Boko Haram is no longer a threat and urged internally displaced persons to return home.
June 18, 2018Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between June 9 and June 15.
June 15, 2018Nigeria
In a country with a still-developing sense of national identity, and with many regional ethnic, and religious cleavages, the Super Eagles are a strong—perhaps the strongest—symbol of national unity.