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Tag Archives: Sudan

What next for Ethiopia and its neighbours: Somalia and Eritrea

Ethiopian refugees who fled the fighting in Tigray Region are pictured at Um Rakuba camp in Eastern Sudan. Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images Namhla Matshanda, University of the Western Cape From a historical standpoint, the current conflict in Ethiopia fits within an established political pattern. There have been power struggles between the centre and the border regions since the modern …

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Satellite data provides fresh insights into the amount of water in the Nile basin

Cairo, Egypt. AlexAnton/Shutterstock Emad Hasan, Binghamton University, State University of New York y Aondover Tarhule, Illinois State University Flowing through 11 African countries, the Nile River plays an important role in the lives of more than 24% of Africa’s population. To both upstream and downstream countries, the Nile waters are crucial in development planning, food and energy production. As countries …

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Education is both the victim and the best weapon in Central Sahel conflict

A child who fled from Central African Republic attending a class at a refugee camp in Chad. Getty Images Craig Bailie, Stellenbosch University South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, captured the value of education when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This is why quality education is one …

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Peace in Sudan: patience is required for the long road ahead

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, left, and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at an October 2020 ceremony celebrating the peace deal. Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images David E Kiwuwa, University of Nottingham “End the wars” and “peace in our land” were the rallying cries for the protests that ultimately ousted Sudan’s long-ruling strongman Omar al-Bashir in 2019. The country had been afflicted …

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COVID-19: examining theories for Africa’s low death rates

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Shutterstock Kevin Marsh, University of Oxford and Moses Alobo, African Academy of Sciences As the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa. Concerns over the combination of overstretched and underfunded health systems and the existing load of infectious and non-infectious diseases often led to …

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Suspension of US aid to Ethiopia is yet another example of Trump’s disregard for Africa

Workey Tadele, a radio operator, at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in December 2019. Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images

Workey Tadele, a radio operator, at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in December 2019. Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images Yohannes Gedamu, Georgia Gwinnett College America’s Department of State recently suspended $130 million worth of aid to Ethiopia because of “a lack of progress” on negotiations pertaining to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on …

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The Nile river led to Khartoum’s growth, but now threatens the city

A view of flooded farmland on the riverbank and swelling Blue Nile as its water level rises after heavy rainfall in Khartoum, Sudan Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A view of flooded farmland on the riverbank and swelling Blue Nile as its water level rises after heavy rainfall in Khartoum, Sudan Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Andrea Zerboni, University of Milan Over the past few weeks, floods – following exceptionally heavy rains – have hit Sudan. Many parts of the country have been affected though …

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University rankings don’t measure what matters

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GettyImages Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents and prospective students make life …

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Why more needs to be done for democracy to work in Sudan

Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok. He recently survived an assassination attempt. Wikimedia Commons

Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok. He recently survived an assassination attempt. Wikimedia Commons Andrew Edward Yaw Tchie, King’s College London and Jihad Salih Mashamoun, University of Exeter Sudan is at a defining moment. The country’s history and legacy of military rule and conflict leaves it at risk of continued violence. As part of the transition deal after the ouster …

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Plans for a dam across the Nile triggered a war in 1956: will it happen again?

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The High Dam in Aswan, Egypt. Getty Images Mike Muller, University of the Witwatersrand Over the past decade, observers have watched with trepidation as tensions increased between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River. Egyptian politicians have publicly threatened war to defend what they see as their existential interest – …

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