Regional Overview – Africa 9 October 2018

The developments reported during the first week of October 2018 show a continuation of overall levels of political violence across Africa between August and September. Among the countries that witnessed a significant escalation of the violence in September were Burkina Faso, Cameroon and South Sudan. Burkina Faso is increasingly destabilised by operations against Islamist militants…

The Fledgling Insurgency in Burkina’s East

Since February this year, a new battlefront has emerged in eastern Burkina Faso (ACLED, 2018), in the  Est Region situated along the borders with Niger, Benin, and Togo is regarded as a bastion of banditry. However, militancy is a new phenomenon in this part of the country, except the reported failed attempt by Al-Mourabitoun to…