Tag Archives: Africa

Why Somali clan elders could hold the key to opening dialogue with Al-Shabaab

Ali Mohamed Gedi (left), then Somali prime minister, speaks during a meeting with clan elders to discuss the surrender of weapons from the Mogadishu community in 2006. Peter Delarue/AFP via Getty Images Mohammed Ibrahim Shire, University of Portsmouth The Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab insurgent group and the Somali government have remained locked in a violent stalemate for years. Other than lives lost, …

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Why we did it: the Kenyan women and girls who joined Al-Shabaab

Muslim women and children in Lamu in north east Kenya. Al-Shabaab’s recruitment of female members is most evident in coastal and north eastern counties. Photo by Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen, Technical University of Mombasa The direct involvement of women and girls in terrorism has attracted increased interest as the nature of recruitment …

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Al-Shabaab: why women join the Islamist militant group – podcast

Lamu in coastal Kenya is an area where women and girls have been recuited by Al-Shabaab. Eric Lafforgue/Alamy Stock Photo Daniel Merino, The Conversation and Gemma Ware, The Conversation The Conversation Weekly podcast is taking a short break in August. For the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you extended versions of some of our favourite recent interviews. This week, …

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France has started withdrawing its troops from Mali: what is it leaving behind?

Soldiers from the French Army in Mali. The withdrawal of troops has begun. Photo by Michele Cattani/AFP via Getty Images Mady Ibrahim Kanté, Université des sciences juridiques et politiques de Bamako France has begun withdrawing its troops from northern Mali as part of plans to reorganise its anti-insurgent forces deployed in the Sahel region under Operation Barkhane. French army bases …

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Sudan coup: years of instability have made the army key power brokers

Justin Willis, Durham University Omar al-Bashir’s regime in Sudan was toppled in 2019, a demise hailed with cries of “just fall!” from protesters massing in the streets of the capital Khartoum. But the transition rested on a power-sharing deal between the protesters and Sudan’s powerful military, whose leaders had withdrawn their support for Bashir at a crucial moment. Twice before …

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Scientists sound the alarm over drought in East Africa: what must happen next

Dead animal carcasses lie outside of the village of Dambas in Kenya during a drought in 2006. Chris Jackson/Getty Images Chris Funk, University of California Santa Barbara Every few years, it is devastating to watch the same tragedy: a weather cycle that brings debilitating drought and hunger to East Africa, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in …

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Blockade of Port Sudan: what’s behind it and what can end it

Sudanese protesters gather outside the main entrance to the southern port in Port Sudan. Ibrahim Ishaq/AFP via Getty Images Abdu Mukhtar Musa, Omdurman Islamic University An ongoing blockade of Sudan’s main port by political protesters is putting a huge strain on the country. The Sudanese government says it’s at the point of running out of essential medicines, fuel, and wheat. …

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Nigeria at 61: A giant with challenging crises amid opportunities

Nigeria’s Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, leader of the Northern region, Ahmadu Bello and the Governor General, Nnamdi Azikiwe, at the celebration of Nigeria’s independence, on October 1, 1960. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) Terhemba Wuam, Kaduna State University As Nigeria marks its 61st anniversary of independence, its citizens are stuck in a general anomie of despondency. This is as a …

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