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April 21, 2020

Nigeria
Presidential Gatekeeper and Confidant, Abba Kyari, Dies From COVID-19

On April 18, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that his chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died from COVID-19 on the previous day. This is a tragedy for Nigeria and for the administration of President Bu…

Men wearing protective gear carry the coffin of the Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died on Friday after contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Nigeria April 18, 2020.

March 20, 2020

Coronavirus
How One Small Change Could Better Prepare Africa for the Coronavirus

Currently, African healthcare predominantly relies on transcription and transport of physical paper from point A to point B. Paper orders can often travel hundreds of kilometers by motorcycle from clinics to a centralized diagnostic lab. The pandemic’s speed in reaching and spreading in Africa currently lags behind that of the developed world. As of March 20, 254,653 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 183 countries. Africa has reported a total of 745 COVID-19 cases from 34 countries, or 0.3 percent of global infections. The other 20 African nations have not yet officially declared any cases.

Two female medical practitioners in white scrubs and blue plastic aprons organize records inside a ward set aside for cholera patients at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 19, 2017.

April 20, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 11–17

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 11 to 17, 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.

March 18, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Considers National DRR Agency Amid Boko Haram Setbacks

On February 19, 2020, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the former governor of Yobe State, introduced legislation to create the National Agency for Deradicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of Repentant Insurgents. Gaidam represents Yobe state, which borders Borno and has been affected by the insurgency. The bill’s purpose is to rehabilitate Boko Haram defectors and prevent violent extremism in Nigeria.

Freed inmates walk in a line after they were released and handed over to state officials for rehabilitation and integration after they were detained for up to four years over suspicion of links with Boko Haram jihadists during an official ceremony at the Giwa military barracks, in Maiduguri, on November 27, 2019.

April 16, 2020

Burkina Faso
The Confluence of Conflict, Corruption, and Coronavirus in Burkina Faso

Before the coronavirus arrived, Burkina faced growing fighting among rival jihadi terrorists that the share goal of the destruction of the state, rival political and ethnic militias, political groups associated with the business community, remnants of the networks of former dictator Blaise Compaore, deposed in 2014, and the state security services.

A woman pushes a barrel that resembles an oil drum on its side on a cart over the dusty ground as a man rides the opposite direction on his bike. There are trees and homes in the background. The barrel is filled with water she bought from a privately-owned water tower, amid an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Taabtenga district of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on April 3, 2020.

April 17, 2020

Nigeria
Boko Haram's Shekau Labels Anti-COVID-19 Measures an Attack on Islam in Nigeria

Abubakar Shekau, a Boko Haram faction leader, kidnapper-in-chief of the Chibok school girls, notorious for his grisly videos and brutal implementation of punishments of seventh century, Middle Eastern origin, this week issued an audio recording on the coronavirus, after a long period of radio silence. 

Two policemen are seen at the gate of the Abuja National Mosque, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Abuja, Nigeria, on March 27, 2020. The mosque's dome and minarets can be seen through the gate in the background.

April 13, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: April 4–10

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from April 4 to 10, 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.

April 20, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
What Is the Ebola Virus?

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

April 14, 2020

Nigeria
Principal Nigerian Religious Leaders Largely in Lockstep With Government on Lockdowns

The Nigerian government issued stay-at-home orders, starting on March 30, for Lagos, Ogun state (a suburb of Lagos), and Abuja, the national capital. All churches and mosques have been closed, and parades have been banned, and all other mass events that Nigerians love, such as weddings and funerals.

Christian worshippers sit spaced out in elevated pews during a mass at the mostly empty St Gabriel Catholic church, as government struggles to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Abuja, Nigeria March 22, 2020. Lockdown orders were issued for March 30.

April 19, 2020

Globalization
Wearing the World Out

What’s the true cost of cheap clothes? Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a stagge…

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