Regional Overview – Africa 17 July 2018

On the week of July 8th Africa was marked by several important attacks and developments. In Nigeria, nearly one hundred people reportedly died in large-scale attacks launched by Middle Belt, Fulani militiamen in Adamawa and Tabara states over July 9-10th. Recent raids by the various Fulani militants have been increasingly violent and spread out, suggesting…

Will the Military’s Focus on the Fulani Threat Allow for a Resurgence of Boko Haram?

On 4 February, the Nigerian government declared that it had defeated Boko Haram (see ACLED, 12 April 2018 for further detail). However, although air and land forces continue to conduct successful raids against the remaining Boko Haram positions in the Lake Chad region, the sect has proved remarkably difficult to rout. There have been minimal…

From the Mali-Niger borderlands to rural Gao – Tactical and geographical shifts of violence

In late April and early May, six massacres took place in the Mali-Niger border corridor. Presumed militants of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) carried out massacres against the Dawsahak community. Militiamen of the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA) and the Tuareg Imghad and Allies Self-defence Group (GATIA) carried out massacres…

10 Hidden Conflicts in Africa

In this series of infographics, ACLED’s Research Director, Dr. Roudabeh Kishi, explores 10 hidden or under-reported conflicts across Africa. 10. Mozambique: A Peace Deal between FRELIMO & RENAMO, A Rise in Islamist Violence. 9. The Sahel and the Merger of Islamist Factions. 8. Post-election violence and repression in the Republic of Congo. 7. Mass demonstrations in Togo.…

Nigeria – April 2017 Update

Levels of political conflict have continued to decrease in Nigeria throughout 2017. The drop in political violence seems to stem from the reduced activity of two of Nigeria’s most active and lethal conflict actors, the Fulani and Boko Haram (see Figure 1). Boko Haram’s capacity to fight against the state or to inflict violence against…