18/11/2019 – After decades of conflict, war-hardened civilians in Marsabit County are arguably better armed than security forces.
Arms trafficking and cattle rustling are driving local conflict in Kenya’s northern border county of Marsabit. Scores have been killed in the politically motivated ethnic conflict this year alone. In the latest flare-up on 25 August, 12 people died in attacks on two villages in Marsabit’s Forolle settlement along the Kenya-Ethiopia border. Continuer à lire … « Cross-border arms trafficking inflames northern Kenya’s conflicto (by Duncan E Omondi Gumba and Guyo Chepe Turi) »
05/10/2019 – The US has reopened its embassy in Somalia 28 years after it closed it. The previous one was closed in January 1991 after civil war broke out in Somalia.
Long-time leader Siad Barre was removed from office in 1991 by clan militias, who then fought each other for power. Continuer à lire … « US reopens Somalia embassy after 28 years »
2018/04/10 – Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari, who is in Ugandan capital Kampala atop a high-ranking delegation comprised of officials and heads of 70 knowledge-based companies active in the field of exports to East African markets, held a meeting with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Iran voices readiness to transfer technological know-how to Africa »
2018/06/10 – The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir has received an invitation from the Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing in September 2018. Continuer à lire … « Sudan’s al-Bashir to visit China in September »
2018/02/10 – 2017 was a year of investigations for U.S. Africa Command. There was the investigation of the two-star commander of U.S. Army Africa who allegedly sent racy texts to an enlisted man’s wife. There was the investigation into the alleged killing of an Army Special Forces soldier by Navy SEALs in Mali. There was the inquiry into reports of torture and killings on a remote base in Cameroon that was also used by American forces. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Niger : Drug Wars, Missing Money and a Phantom $500 Million »
2018/02/01 – Between the 20-24 of December 2017, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani travelled to Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Since Sheikh Al-Thani became Emir in 2013, Qatar’s African policy has been primarily focused on East Africa, where the emirate has established significant diplomatic relations with countries such as Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Kenya. However, the Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led diplomatic and economic embargo of Qatar could force the Emirate to rethink its policy toward the continent. The Emir’s visit underlines the strategic importance of Africa in the ongoing Gulf crisis. Continuer à lire … « The Gulf crisis echoes in Africa »