Regional Overview: Africa
4-10 October 2020

Last week in Africa, clashes were reported between rival Islamist groups across the Sahel; demonstrators commemorated the October 1988 pro-democracy demonstrations in Algeria; and violent demonstrations erupted in eastern Sudan over the recently signed Juba peace agreement. Rival Islamist groups engaged in multiple clashed across the Sahelian countries of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso. More…

Regional Overview: Africa
13-19 September 2020

Last week in Africa, the Libyan National Army targeted Islamic State militants in Sabha; Al Shabaab militants killed a minister with the Hirshabelle regional government in Somalia; and election-related violence was reported in Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast. In Libya, Libyan National Army (LNA) forces killed multiple Islamic State (IS) militants, including foreign…

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
26 July-1 August 2020

Last week in Africa, significant outbreaks of intercommunal violence were reported in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya; Cabindan separatists clashed with state forces in Angola; and the governor of Borno came under heavy fire amid numerous attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighboring countries. In Sudan, armed Fallata pastoralists clashed with ethnic Taaisha…

Regional Overview: Africa
14-20 June 2020

Last week in Africa, state forces clashed with separatists in the Casamance region of Senegal and the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, while large-scale intercommunal violence continued in the Pibor region of South Sudan. Ongoing communal tensions flared in the Pibor region of South Sudan. Bor Dinka fighters clashed with Murle fighters in the areas surrounding…

Regional Overview: Africa
17-30 May 2020

During the previous fortnight in Africa, the Government of National Accord (GNA) made key gains in the west of Libya, further frustrating the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Tripoli offensive; the Allied Defence Force (ADF) consolidated recent moves outside their traditional area of operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeast; and Al Shabaab assassinated a…

Regional Overview: Africa
10-16 May 2020

In Africa last week, armed groups carried out attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic despite previous calls for ceasefires; Boko Haram suffered significant losses as Nigerian and Nigerien forces launched operations across both countries; and demonstration levels continued to rise in northern Africa. Demonstration activity continues to rise in…

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…