Africa Blog/Reports Roundup: Somalia Famine, Mali Elections, Baga, and More

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (.pdf): “Mortality Among Populations of Southern and Central Somalia Affected by Severe Food Insecurity and Famine during 2010-2012.”

Africa Research Institute: “After Boroma: Consensus, representation and parliament in Somaliland.”

Somalia Newsroom: “Toward an Economic Recovery in Somalia.”

Bruce Whitehouse: “Why Mali Won’t Be Ready for July Elections.”


Senegal and Chad signed an agreement on Friday to allow special tribunal judges to carry out investigations in Chad into former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, ahead of his trial for war crimes.
Habre’s prosecution, delayed for years by Senegal where he has lived since being ousted in 1990, will set a historic precedent as until now African leaders accused of atrocities have only been tried in international courts.

Financial Times:

“A French writer from Algeria,” was how a tight-lipped Albert Camus characterised himself in October 1957 on accepting his nomination as the second-youngest winner of the Nobel prize in literature. These simple words concealed a churning heart. The normally voluble Camus, then 43, was in the midst of a period of self-imposed silence.

After years of championing equal rights for Arabs in his native Algeria, Camus, the son of a Pied-Noir family descended from European settlers, found himself in the uncomfortable position of rejecting any notion of his homeland gaining independence from France.

Jacques Enaudeau: “In Search of the ‘African Middle Class’.”

Baobab: “Djibouti’s Development: Location, Location, Location.” A video with a link to a report.

Africa in DC: “Anti-Federalism, Colonial Nostalgia, and Development in Nigeria: Lagos State Governor at SAIS.”

Alkasim Abdulkadir: “After Baga, JTF Lost in a Maze of Rocks and Hard Places.”

Al Jazeera: “Jailed Boko Haram Members Seek Pardon from Nigeria.”

2 thoughts on “Africa Blog/Reports Roundup: Somalia Famine, Mali Elections, Baga, and More

  1. Sadly for Camus, conditions that would have actually been acceptable for a French Algeria when he wrote those letters weren’t remotely so by the time the Pied Noirs were willing to consider them. Still I’d say that he showed some bias in his inability to realize that Algeria was lost by the late 1950s.

    The Chadian-Senegalese agreement’s interesting considering African dislike for the ICC.

  2. If you watch the “Boko Haram suspects”, there’s no remorse, but they want “amnesty”.

    I’m no scholar but I predict that Nigeria is heading for VERY serious trouble. We already pay off 30,000 militants in the Niger Delta and now we are going to pay off, how many “Islamic Militants”?

    This is a state in free-fall, and what we have in Northern Nigeria is the classical “clash of civilizations” (between Christians & Muslims). I know it will be dismissed as problems due to “climate change” or “politics” or “poverty & alienation” – but who cares about what caused the French Revolution? It happened and has an impact on Western Civilization.

    Long after the US has grown tired of categories related to the “Global War on Terror” – ethnic & religious tensions in Northern Nigeria will persist (Boko Haram merely having added fuel to the fires). What scares me is that there isn’t anything anyone can really do about it – and history might have to take its course – and history might be bloody.

    To get a feel for what what I’m talking about look at this: (10 killed in attack on Church & Market).

    Five Killed, Houses Razed As Christians, Muslims Clash In Taraba:,41631.0.html

    I’m not that bothered about Boko Haram, what bothers me is series of events like these, they might be unrelated, but they will feed a narrative, a narrative that will unite Christians in Northern Nigeria against what they perceive to be a common threat.

    Talk to Christians in Northern Nigeria, there is a rising sense of anger and a determination “not to suffer the fate of the Church in North Africa”. There’s a lot of reflection over the fate of the Church in North Africa among Northern Nigeria’s Christian community.

    I have seen the impact on politics, on religious segregation and on the next generation of Muslims and Christians in the North. Boko Haram and Al Qaeda are merely opportunistic – they feed on weak, divided states – but they aren’t Nigeria’s most serious long-term problem, not by a long shot.

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