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May 14, 2020

Ethiopia
AU Leadership Absent From Egypt and Ethiopia Dam Dispute

After years of negotiations, Egypt has written to the UN Security Council about what it considers to be Ethiopia's failure to reach an agreement over the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam undergoes construction work on the River Nile. The far side of the dam run up against a hewn rockface that rises above the height of the dam. In the distance, a grassy, forested mountain is seen against a dark blue sky.

May 13, 2020

Nigeria
Amid Oil Price Collapse, Nigeria Is Running out of Foreign Exchange

The fall in international oil prices amid coronavirus is having a devastating impact on Nigeria’s formal economy. Oil, the property of the Nigerian government, provides more than 60 percent of government revenue and 90 percent of foreign exchange.

A money changer counts Nigerian currency notes for a customer in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, Nigeria, on March 16, 2020.

May 12, 2020

Chad
After Lake Chad Offensive, April One of Deadliest Months in Boko Haram Conflict

April is now one of the deadliest months in nearly a decade of the Boko Haram conflict, according to data from the Nigeria Security Tracker, which now features geographic data from Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

A Chadian soldier shields his face from dust kicked up by a helicopter in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015.

May 11, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 2–8

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from May 2 to 8, 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 8, 2020

Nigeria
Good Leadership at the Top Belies Facts on the Ground in Nigeria

Leadership of the moment in Nigeria cannot overcome the generations of poor leadership and corruption that have left underdeveloped public health services, social safety net, and trust in government, at a time when it faces low oil prices and COVID-19.

Young boys, who attend Nigeria's Islamic schools, known as almajiris, stand in crowds in Tudunwada, as authorities struggle to contain coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Maiduguri, Nigeria April 24, 2020.

May 4, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 25–May 1

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 25 to May 1, 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 1, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
Cyber Week in Review: May 1, 2020

Commerce department tightens restrictions on technology exports; Australia debuts coronavirus tracing app; Amazon bought thermal cameras from blacklisted Chinese firm; U.S. Patent and Trademark Offic…

Visitors look at CCTV cameras at the stall of the video surveillance product maker Dahua Technology.

May 1, 2020

South Africa
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic in South Africa, Zuma One Step Closer to Justice

Easy to overlook among the COVID-19 headlines is a positive development involving the prosecution of former President Jacob Zuma.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma appears in court where he faces charges that include fraud, racketeering and money laundering in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on October 15, 2019.

April 29, 2020

Nigeria
Tracking the Spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria’s Largest Northern City

A recent, so far unexplained, spike in deaths in Kano, Nigeria, highlights the difficulty of tracking the spread of coronavirus, especially in certain large African urban areas. Kano is regarded as Nigeria's second largest urban agglomeration, after Lagos. It is the capital of Kano state, the first or second largest in population. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has extended for another two weeks in Kano city a lockdown

A man sits on a box selling fruit and what look like gasoline bottles from a cart, while a women sells a bottles of something, along a mostly empty road after the postponement of the presidential election in Kano, Nigeria, on February 17, 2019

April 28, 2020

Nigeria
How Nigeria Has Responded to COVID-19 So Far

As of April 29, Nigeria has recorded over 1,300 cases, with 40 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Nigeria’s coronavirus spread had been concentrated in Abuja, Lagos, and Ogun state, the latter effectively a suburb of Lagos. Those three areas have been under lockdown since March 30, with an announcement by President Buhari to begin easing some restrictions beginning on May 4.

Men load sacks of rice, which have the words "COVID-19: Palliative for the Vulnerable People" plastered on them, among other food aid in a truck, to be distributed for those affected by procedures taken to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 17, 2020.