CDT Spotlight: South Africa

While most types of violence decreased following the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa, violence against civilians has more than doubled. ACLED Research Analyst Melissa Pavlik explores the spike in events. This infographic is part of our special CDT Spotlight series. © 2020 Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). All rights reserved.

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
29 March-4 April 2020

In Africa last week, government responses to the growing spread of the coronavirus prompted violent demonstrations as well as the continued use of violence by state forces. In Libya, fighting continued despite calls for a ceasefire on the first anniversary of the Tripoli offensive. Meanwhile, Islamist militant groups continued operations in the Sahel and Somalia,…

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 14 May 2019

Key developments in Africa in the week of May 5th include continued government offensives against al Shabaab in Somalia, renewed al Shabaab attacks in Kenya, the ongoing battle of Tripoli in Libya, communal and rebel violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, international military operations in Burkina Faso and election protests in South Africa. In Somalia,…

Regional Overview – Africa 7 May 2019

Key developments in Africa in the week of April 28th include continued Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad region, ongoing election and governance protests in Sudan, Benin and South Africa, Islamic State activity in Democratic Republic of Congo, and a declared state of emergency in Somaliland. In Nigeria and Cameroon, Shekau and Barnawi (ISWAP)…