Regional Overview: Africa
19-25 April 2020

Last week in Africa, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic prompted a diverse range of demonstration activity, particularly centered on inadequate domestic distribution of food. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), state forces were faced with fighting on multiple fronts, with active militant insurgencies in Ituri, Kongo-Central and North Kivu. Meanwhile, state forces were implicated in…

Regional Overview: Africa
12-18 April 2020

Last week in Africa, the Government of National Accord (GNA) made strategic gains against the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Libya, despite the ongoing bombardment of Tripoli. Meanwhile, dozens of Boko Haram militants died under uncertain circumstances while in prison in Chad. State forces once again employed lethal force during the enforcement of coronavirus measures…

CDT Spotlight:
Media Targeting

Many states are likely to use the pandemic as a pretext to impose new restrictions on civil liberties and increase repression — including attacks on the media. ACLED Research Director Dr. Roudabeh Kishi maps attacks on journalists covering the coronavirus crisis around the world. This infographic is part of our special CDT Spotlight series. ©…

Regional Overview: Africa
22-28 March 2020

In Africa during the last week of March, state forces increasingly employed violence to enforce coronavirus restrictions. Meanwhile, ongoing Islamist insurgencies had key successes in several countries. Boko Haram launched deadly assaults on state forces in Nigeria and Chad, as militants made significant gains in Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado. Elsewhere, voting was met…

Regional Overview: Africa
15-21 March 2020

In Africa last week, concern over the spread of the coronavirus prompted mob violence and demonstration activity across a number of countries. Several major armed clashes involving Islamist militants were reported in Mali, while the Libyan conflict continued to worsen. With the majority of African countries now reporting cases of coronavirus (WHO, 19 March 2020),…

Regional Overview: Africa
23-29 February 2020

During the last week in Africa, Libya experienced a re-escalation of violence, amid a breakdown in ceasefire negotiations. Meanwhile, Somalia was hit by violence between Somaliland and Puntland forces, as state military forces clashed with Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa, onetime allies in the fight against Al Shabaab. In Libya, there was a substantial re-escalation in…

Regional Overview: Africa 26 January – 1 February 2020

During the last week across Africa, armed clashes and attacks fell, while demonstrations levels remained high across the continent driven by ongoing movements in Northern and Western Africa. Despite falling levels of violence, large numbers of civilian displacements and civilian fatalities were reported in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively.…