Threats on the Frontline: Violence Targeting Humanitarian Aid Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic compounds existing vulnerabilities faced by humanitarian aid workers assisting communities in conflict-affected regions around the world. To mark World Humanitarian Day 2020, ACLED Research Analyst Curtis Goos maps political violence targeting aid workers across our coverage areas. ACLED coverage of violence targeting aid workers is enhanced by partner data from the Aid…

Regional Overview: Africa
5-11 July 2020

Last week in Africa, violent anti-government demonstrations were reported in Mali; armed groups staged attacks on civilians in Nigeria’s northwest, as Boko Haram targeted state forces in Nigeria and Chad; and a major armed group split in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive North Kivu province. South Sudanese forces attacked a Ugandan military patrol in…

Regional Overview: Africa
28 June-4 July 2020

Last week in Africa, violence erupted across Ethiopia’s Oromia region in response to the murder of a prominent Oromo musician; nationwide demonstrations were held in Sudan amid popular discontent with stalling reforms; and intercommunal violence continued in South Sudan. In Ethiopia, violence erupted in Addis Ababa and across the Oromia region in response to the…

Regional Overview: Africa
7-13 June 2020

In Africa last week, suspected Katiba Macina militants carried out the first jihadi attack in Ivory Coast since 2016; residents of Tripoli continued to face the threat of landmines in Libya; and Boko Haram launched multiple large-scale attacks on civilian populations in northeast Nigeria. In Libya, multiple landmine explosions were reported in the capital Tripoli.…

State Atrocities in the Sahel: The Impetus for Counterinsurgency Results is Fueling Government Attacks on Civilians

After eight years of conflict in the Sahel, the international community remains primarily focused on the two main jihadi militant groups driving the sub-regional insurgency in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger: the Al Qaeda-affiliated Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). The reality on the ground is far…

Regional Overview: Africa
3-9 May 2020

Last week in Africa, demonstration activity rose to its highest levels since mid-March amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions in some countries; escalating inter-jihadi conflict in the Sahel became further entrenched; and overtures of peace were made in one of the most violent insurgencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Demonstrations in Tunisia rose to…