ACLED Resources on Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the most active countries in the ACLED database, in terms of both volume of events and fatalities. The country is currently host to numerous violent political actors including ethnic militias, militant regional groups and Islamist insurgents. Political violence of all types has risen substantially since 2011 with violence against civilians seeing…

An examination of recent ethnic violence in the Rwenzori region of Uganda

On 5 July 2014 Western Uganda, specifically the Rwenzori region covering the districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo, experienced an episode of intense violence. Armed assailants reported to be a Bakonzo militia attacked villages, police units and army barracks. By the end of the day the death toll was over 70 and included civilians, state forces and…

A look at increasing violence against civilians in Zambia

Michael Sata won the presidency of Zambia in 2011 when his Patriotic Front (PF) unseated the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy which had held power for 20 years. Since assuming the presidency, Sata has been repeatedly accused of sponsoring political militias to silence and attack civilian opponents. The US recently expressed alarm at the rise…

What do the Mpeketoni attacks say about conflict in Kenya?

Both conflict events and reported fatalities increased in Kenya this month, with the most intense violence associated with an attack on civilians in Witu, Lamu island, in Kenya’s Coastal region. The attack incorporates several key complex dynamics in contemporary Kenyan political violence, each of which is worth unpacking in turn. The first is the spectre…

CAR Conflict in Stages from 2010

Many wonder how the current crisis in the Central African Republic has come about. In the visualization below, we see that (most recently) the former president Bozize’s call for elections began a process of peace negotiation with various rebel groups and those groups then re-organizing into the Seleka rebels. Both the main former rebel group…