October 12, 2020Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from October 3 to October 9, 2020.
October 9, 2020Kenya
The 2013 al-Shabab attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall lasted four days and left sixty-seven shoppers dead, the youngest an eight-year-old child. The attack was seen as a response to Kenyan military activity in Somalia against al-Shabab that began in 2011.
October 8, 2020Coronavirus
Senegal is a major center of West African Islam, and its imams, mullah, and brotherhoods are influential across the Sahel. The holy city of Touba, 120 miles east of the Senegalese capital of Dakar, is the site of a major annual pilgrimage called the Magal
October 7, 2020Mali
On October 5, Mali's interim president, retired colonel Bah Ndaw, announced his cabinet. As is frequent in West Africa, it is large, with twenty-five members.
October 6, 2020Coronavirus
The confusion, mixed messages, and lack of candor surrounding President Donald Trump's health would surprise few Africans. But they might well be surprised by the details that have been released, such as the president's oxygen capacity or medications.