Africa in Transition

John Campbell and Michelle Gavin track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Nomads with their cattle in the Zakouma National Park in Chad, 2000. Avalon/UIG via Getty Images

Farmer Herder Clashes in Chad Follow Familiar Pattern

There are new reports of violence, characterized as farmer-herder conflict, in Chad. According to Agence France Presse and Voice of America, thirty-five have died [French] since May 16 in separate incidents across the Sila and Ouaddai provinces of eastern Chad. A Chadian prosecutor reported arresting thirty alleged perpetrators of the violence.  Read More

May 20, 2019

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 11–17

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from May 11 to 17, 2019. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.  

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May 17, 2019

Burkina Faso
Islamist Violence in Burkina Faso Following Familiar Pattern

Islamist terrorist groups in northeast Burkina Faso are following a strategy of violence reminiscent in some ways of Boko Haram’s early days in Nigeria. The groups are attacking Protestant and Catholic churches, killing pastors, priests, and congregants, and also teachers in secular schools.

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May 16, 2019

Nigerian Government Accuses Jonathan of Accepting Bribes While President

In 2015, Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Buhari ran on two major issues: improving the deteriorating security situation associated with the Islamist insurrection Boko Haram and cleaning up government corruption. In 2019, President Buhari was re-elected, again on an anti-corruption ticket. 

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