Africa News Roundup: LRA, Boko Haram, Guinea-Bissau, Malian Refugees, and More

Several items on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA):

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reportedly opened a special prison for detainees from the Boko Haram movement.

The aftermath of the coup in Guinea-Bissau continues, with the Economic Community of West African States and the junta at loggerheads.

Some 60,000 Malian refugees have fled to Mauritania since the war began in Mali in January. The overall number of displaced persons from the conflict in Mali is around 260,000.

The New York Times on the Ethiopian holy cities of Aksum and Lalibela.

Jeune Afrique (French) on the “war” to succeed defeated President Abdoulaye Wade within Wade’s Parti démocratique sénégalais (Senegalese Democratic Party, PDS). Seneweb (French) reports on the recent visit of one PDS leader, Senate President Pape Diop, to Touba, center of the country’s Mouridiyya Sufi brotherhood.

Reuters: “Kenya, Somalia border row threatens oil exploration.”

What else is going on?

4 thoughts on “Africa News Roundup: LRA, Boko Haram, Guinea-Bissau, Malian Refugees, and More

  1. Do you know how many of the Malians are internally displaced? Simply for comparison purposes.

    As for Kony, has anyone looked at what will happen following his death? I assume it couldn’t possibly be worse than what is already happening but what is Uganda (and other states) doing to establish a presence after an LRA breakup?

    • I haven’t seen a count for the internally displaced.

      Not much idea on the question of Kony’s death either. I read sometimes that the LRA is already somewhat scattered, so presumably decapitating the organization would not necessarily end the problem.

    • I usually try to avoid books that speak about entire continents unless they are a minimum of five hundred pages*. I agree with the general thrust that Africa or regions of Africa will see major improvements but the writers (or at least the reviewer since I haven’t read either) might have done better to focus on a region of Africa. Will the Horn of Africa be the same as central Africa or the Sahel?

      On the role of religion it was probably responsible to avoid making predictions too bold but the issue of how energetic fundamentalism will impact culture and politics** could be a pressing one.

      In their defense the books and article do take note of the growth of cell phones in Africa, the population growth and Africa’s Moment, while not my preferred five hundred, is a respectable 352 pages long. Worth considering at least.

      *Books about a specific nation’s history should be at least three hundred pages, not counting the index and bibliography.
      ** Assuming Mr. Severino is correct.

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