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Sexual Violence in the ACLED Dataset

23 April 2019

With the release of its new sub-event type categorization ACLED now includes a ‘Sexual violence’ sub-event type under the larger ‘Violence against civilians’ event type. This sub-event type includes all political/public violence of a sexual nature. Sexual violence events captured within the ACLED dataset include “sexual violence in conflict” or “conflict-related sexual violence”, such was…

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Regional Overview – Africa 2 April 2019

2 April 2019

Key developments in Africa during the week of March 24th include the high level of civilian targeting in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon and around the Lake Chad; the localised tensions in the DRC despite an overall reduction in conflict activity in the post-elections period; the threats posed by Al Shabaab in Somalia; and the…

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Regional Overview – Africa 12 March 2019

12 March 2019

Key trends in Africa in the week of March 3rd include the sustained violence in Burundi, the communal and election-related tensions in Nigeria, the rising attacks by Mayi Mayi militias in the DRC and the threats to the peace process in CAR. In Burundi, the UN Human Rights Office announced its official closure last week.…

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Regional Overview – Africa 5 February 2019

5 February 2019

Key developments in Africa in the week of January 27th include the militant violence in Burkina Faso, the rising instability in Nigeria ahead of the February elections, and the political tensions in Cameroon, Burundi and Western Africa. Jihadism in the Sahel remains a potent source of insecurity as it continues to expand in frequency and…

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Impunity, the Imbonerakure, and Instability in Burundi

25 October 2018

The Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), has been a potent source of insecurity in Burundi since 2015. The group rose to prominence that year as a result of  President Nkurunziza’s controversial (and potentially unconstitutional) bid for a third term, which…

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Regional Overview – Africa 24 September 2018

25 September 2018

Key developments in Africa during the week of September 16th include violence in Ethiopia, renewed fighting in Libya’s Tripoli, the death of a Mayi Mayi faction leader in DRC and key incidents involving international actors in Niger and Nigeria. In Ethiopia, at least two large attacks were carried out on September 16th by emboldened Oromo…

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Regional Overview – Africa 17 September 2018

19 September 2018

Key developments in Africa during the week of September 9th include continued high levels of insurgent activity in Somalia and Cameroon; heavy military activity against Boko Haram in Nigeria; continued ethnic unrest in south-west Kenya; political unrest in Ethiopia and a large-scale bombing in Libya. In Somalia, al Shabaab has continued a number of low-level…

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Regional Overview – Africa 10 September 2018

11 September 2018

Key developments in Africa during the week of September 2nd include the high insurgent activity in Somalia, Cameroon and Burkina Faso; the persistence of multiple fronts of violence in Nigeria; the escalation of violence in Bria in the Central African Republic; and the protests in Kenya and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Insurgents have…

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Regional Overview – Africa 3 September 2018

4 September 2018

There was an overall downward trend in the levels of organised violence and protests on the African continent during the month of August 2018 compared to the rest of the year. There are fewer reported events than is typical for August based on previous years, but this pattern may still be reversed due to reporting…

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