Archived posts from category ‘Africa Round-Up’

17.08.12
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Mali
There hasn’t been much of a change in the overall situation during the last weeks: the northern half of Mali — an area about the size of France — is occupied by a range of rebel groups. While neighboring states and the international community are deeply concerned over the Islamist policies of some of these groups, the Malian state has proven to be incapable to act, due to a coup d’etat which send the government into a deep crisis.

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22.06.12
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

DR Congo
The eastern Congo is about to enter a new cycle of violence. The rebels of the new organisation “M23” only control a limited area so far, but reportedly get stronger by the day. M23 is the result of the mutiny of several army units around Easter. These units were part of a former rebel group, the CNDP, which was officially disbanded and integrated into the army in 2009.

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14.05.12
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Congo

A large-scale mutiny-come-rebellion rocks the eastern part of the Democratic Replublic of Congo since Easter. Never the most peaceful of places, the situation in the Kivu provinces bordering Rwanda escalated, when army general Bosco “The Terminator” Ntaganda decided to defect from his position.

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06.03.12
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Burkina Faso
Ten people were killed in clashes between neighboring communities in Guenon, a village about 80 kilometers south of the capital Ouagadougou. According to reports by state media, the deaths resulted from a dispute about the position of the local chief, who at the moment is a member of the Akonga ethnic group. This is a longstanding grievance of the Liliou group, who have pleaded for a chief of their own. Tensions escalated over the weekend, when the son of the current chief was killed with nine further people dying and about 100 houses burned down in the ensuing fighting.

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04.02.12
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

by PETER DOERRIE Mali The regional repercussions of the fall of Gadhafi are beginning to come clear as Tuareg militants attacked a total of six towns since Jan. 17. The Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) — the group responsible for the attacks — has been formed only recently and is believed to have many former [...]

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05.01.12
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Côte d’Ivoire
Soldiers killed seven youths over the last few days. The incident occurred in Vavoua, some 450 kilometers away from Abidjan. As a young man tried to avoid a roadblock of the national army — which many Ivorians accuse of leveraging illegal taxes and tolls at such roadblocks — he was chased by soldiers and beaten to death. The next day, some hundred local youths marched towards an army camp, armed with clubs and rifles. In what authorities described as “losing control,” some of the soldiers started shooting and killed six further young men.

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01.12.11
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Democratic Republic of Congo
Monday saw the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Stakes were high in the single-round elections, with eight presidential and 18,000 parliamentary candidates on the ballots. The run-up towards election day was tense, with frequent clashes between security forces and supporters of UDPS candidate Étienne Tshisekedi in urban centers. On the final campaign weekend alone, up to 10 people died in the capital of Kinshasa.

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07.11.11
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Democratic Republic of Congo
The DRC will hold presidential elections in December and tensions run high in the country that is still in the process of emerging from decades of violence and civil war. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces with injured and dead happen on a regular basis in many parts of the country. The volatile east of the country, where the government still has only little control outside the larger cities, has experienced an escalation of violence, partly caused by a hasty relocation of newly trained army units into areas currently controlled by competing rebel factions. And as security in neighboring Burundi deteriorates, Burundian opposition forces based in the DRC have committed several brutal attacks against perceived supporters of the Burundian government.

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06.08.11
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Gulf of Guinea
In what seems to be inspired by the hugely profitable pirating schemes in the waters surrounding Somalia, three cases of attempted piracy have been reported from the Gulf of Guinea. In all three cases, armed men attacked diesel tankers off the coast of Benin. In two cases the pirates successfully boarded the ships, but fled when patrol boats of the coast guard reacted to the distress calls of the crew.

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07.07.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

U.K.
Veterans charity the Royal British Legion has cut all ties with British tabloid newspaper News of the World after it emerged that staff employed by the newspaper may have hacked the voicemail accounts of relatives of servicemen killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The revelation is the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News International and its practices of hacking mobile phones of celebrities and victims of crime or disaster.

The forces charity said it was “shocked to the core” by the allegations and that it would be reconsidering its links with other News International publications such as The Sun and The Times.

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19.06.11
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Côte d’Ivoire / Liberia
More than one month after former president Laurent Gbagbo was ousted after a tense post-election standoff that involved U.N. and French forces, the situation has stabilized but is still far from peaceful. The Liberian government has found an arms cache believed to belong to Liberian mercenaries who fought for Gbagbo. Also, there are still thousands of Ivorian refugees in Liberia, which itself is recuperating from a civil war.

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10.05.11
Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Democratic Republic of Congo
The last weeks again saw widespread violence in the east of the DRC. In a more or less typical incident, units of the national army killed its own general Kisembo, vice-commander of the 7th military region over allegations that he was in the process of founding a new rebellion in Ituri, a region in the north-eastern part of the country. Kisembo, like most of his colleagues, was a former rebel and integrated into the army after the end of the Congo Wars. His possible defection may be due to the irregularities preceding the presidential elections, due to be held in December. There is the widespread feeling that president Joseph Kabila has used his parliamentary majority to change electoral law dramatically in his favor. None of the opposition candidates so far has threatened to challenge any election results violently, but it remains unclear how a rigged election would influence the situation in the volatile country.

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