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Graffiti in Muslim-dominated Mombasa rallies against the 2017 election with the Kiswahili slogan “Kura ni Haramu” (“voting is haram/prohibitted”). Photo by Janer Murikira/picture alliance via Getty Images

Kenya’s Muslims: a divided community with little political clout

The increase in terror attacks has complicated the Kenyan government’s relationship with the country’s Muslim community.
A classroom burnt during a typical outbreak of eco-violence in Okolo-Agatu, Benue State, north central Nigeria. Emmanuel Arewa/AFP via Getty Images

Herder-farmer conflict in the Sahel needs a new description: why ‘eco-violence’ fits

Labels that emphasise the social identities of the contending parties not only impede efforts to comprehend their causes but also obscure their vast dimensions.
G7 leaders convene at Schloss Elmau, Germany. EFE-EPA/Thomas Lohnes

How Africans can assess the value of the latest G7 summit

The G7 summit offered the most recent insights for Africa into how western nations are considering their stakes in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the impact that could have on developing nations.
Newly elected Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud waves after he was sworn-in, in the capital Mogadishu, on May 15, 2022. Photo by Hasan Ali Elmi / AFP via Getty Images

Somalia’s election raises more questions than answers

The obstacles the new government must confront to earn the confidence of the people are challenging.
A peacekeeper protects civilians who fled violent clashes between the army and the ex-rebels of the “M23” in eastern DRC in January 2022. Photo by Glody Murhabazi/AFP via GettyImages

What M23’s on-and-off insurgency tells us about DRC’s precarious search for peace

Recent clashes put eastern Congo’s M23 into the headlines again, but many other security problems persist in the area as diplomats struggle to tackle the underlying causes.

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