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June 5, 2020

Nigeria
In Bayelsa, Nigerian Government Response to COVID-19 Falls Short of Promises

In a recent editorial, Ereku argued that the COVID-19 pandemic showed how "grossly inadequate" all levels of government were at addressing the needs of rural people. He is writing from Yenagoa in Bayelsa state.

A picture of a road running through Swali market, likely taken from an overlook. The road is lined with solid-colored, large umbrellas. People are on the road. The market appears to be made of small shacks mostly creating one large, single-story, structure. In the distance to the right is the river. The sky is gray.

June 4, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola Emerges in Northwestern DRC, WHO Responds

The health minister of Democratic Republic of the Congo announced six Ebola cases in the city of Mbandaka in Equateur Province in northwestern DRC. These recent cases of Ebola are DRC’s eleventh outbreak since 1976. DRC also faces COVID-19 and measles.

WHO workers in dark blue vests and light blue hats arrange chairs between two rows of buildings as they set up a vaccination center for Ebola in the Congolese port city of Mbandaka in 2018.

June 3, 2020

Nigeria
Recent Flare Up in Violence Across Northwestern Nigeria

Some five hundred "bandits" on motocycles attacked a village (or perhaps several villages) in Katsina State in northwest Nigeria over May 30 and 31. They made off with "thousands" of livestock, likely cattle, and killed 18 villagers and a local headman.

Three soldiers walk on a dirt road with rifles. In the background, armored troop carriers drives on the dirt road along a wall with trees further down the road.

June 1, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 23–29

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 23 to 29, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

May 29, 2020

Nigeria
Kidnapping in Nigeria: A Growth Industry

In the past, kidnapping victims in Nigeria tended to be the wealthy and the prominent. But a new report from SB Morgen, a Nigerian consulting firm, shows that, over time, the pool of potential victims has greatly expanded. Now, victims are often poor.

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel, with a water bottle, drenched in sweat in a green, white, and black patterned Nigeria jersey wears number 10. He is with coach Gernot Rohr at the Africa Cup of Nations in June 2019. A referee in a blue top and black shorts is in the background.

May 28, 2020

South Africa
President Ramaphosa Tries to Thread the Needle on COVID-19 in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa established an anti-virus regime: social distancing and a lockdown. And the virus "curve" indeed appeared to flatten. He gets good international press, but must deal with a restive and poor population.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a dark grey suit without a tie and a green facemask, sits on a made bed at a coronvirus treatment center. A hand gestures in the foreground and a man in a suit and tied with a mask flanks Ramaphosa.

May 26, 2020

Coronavirus
Millions at Risk of Gender-Based Violence if COVID-19 Pandemic is Prolonged

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development, diplomacy and security challenges. This post is author…

Women keep social distance by holding onto purple ribbons as they protest against domestic violence, amid the spread of COVID-19, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 20, 2020.

May 26, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 16–22

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 16 to 22, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

May 22, 2020

United States
Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and numerous smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return hom…

Memorial Day

May 22, 2020

Coronavirus
Scaling Up African Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in a Time of COVID-19

Africa is vulnerable to disruptions in global supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with respect to pharmaceuticals, because between 70 and 90 percent are imported. But it has underutilized capacity to make up the difference.

Michael Otieno, a pharmacist, smiles as he marks with a pen a bottle of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs at the Mater Hospital in Kenya's capital Nairobi, on September 10, 2015. He is wearing a white doctor's coat and is framed by a wooden booth.