Africa News Roundup: Burkina Faso, Abyei, AQIM, and More

The Diplomat has an interesting piece on how unrest in Burkina Faso might affect Asian partners in the cotton trade with Africa.

Tensions continue in Abyei, a border area between North and South Sudan:

Artillery fire broke out in Sudan’s contested Abyei region on Friday, the United Nations said, hours after the north accused the south of ambushing a convoy in the border area.

More here.

In other Sudan news, despite outcry over the recent gubernatorial elections in Southern Kordofan State, observers say the vote was “credible.”

Refugees from Libya are having a difficult time in Chad, just as they are in Niger.

Sahelian governments have met yet again with Algeria to discuss counterterrorism against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and Algeria now plans to host an international summit on the issue:

[The Sahelian governments] agreed to ask Algeria to invite Western nations, principally the US and EU states, to a conference to discuss the issues.

“The challenges we face requires more focused planning and effective co-ordination,” said Algeria’s delegate Abdel Kader Messahel.

“It falls on us to evaluate dangerous developments and the new dimensions the terrorist threat is taking.”

Mr Messahel told the BBC the talks would help the states reinforce their capacities, and share logistics and information.

Khalid Lum analyzes youth protests in Mauritania.

The Horn of Africa faces severe food insecurity. See a map here (.pdf).

Let us know in the comments what news you’re hearing from/in Africa.

2 thoughts on “Africa News Roundup: Burkina Faso, Abyei, AQIM, and More

  1. The Northern Sudanese government appears to have been biding its time all along in Abyei. Although government officials say the military will withdraw once they clear the SPLA’s units, they’re also claiming sovereignty over the territory. A proxy battle may take over once the initial dust settles, so as to obstruct foreign interference.

    Whether Abyei is truly a powder-keg for the whole region remains to be seen, but the international community cannot wait to find out. A softening U.S. position might have already encouraged al-Bashir to intervene.

  2. A BBC reporter comments on the strange and highly infectious disease that seems to strike African leaders called ‘hypocritus’. This is where the leader, upon taking the position from a dictator, will inexplicably forget all their claims of honesty, justice and democracy in favor of policies that are utterly indistinguishable from those of the previous dictator. Specifically, the strange case of Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/9477930.stm

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