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60 years after the Suez crisis, Britain still needs to learn the lessons from that conflict

AFP photo   By Rupen Savoulian The Suez crisis marked the end of an empire, but the lessons of that historic episode remain to be understood.

The end of Iraqi and Syrian woes and the disappearance of ISIS

Reuters photo   By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini When entangled elements make it hard to reach sound analyses, conspiracy theories appear to be a good tool to explain the unexplained. This applies perfectly to the situation in the Middle East.

Cameroon: An open letter

Reuters photo   By Joseph Besong   An Open Letter to the President Of The National Episcopal Conference Of Cameroon (NECC) – Archbishop Samuel Kleda

Why Africans should support justice in DRC by acknowledging the Congolese genocide

AFP photo   By Benedicte Kumbi Last year friends such as Ugandan Josephine Apira and Rwandan comrades of the same struggle Ambrose Nzeyimana and Rene Claudel Mugenzi agreed to support a petition we as Congolese had written regarding the situation in the Great Lakes.

Nuclear Failure: On the verge of World War 3

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi From a disagreement between the idealist and realist over the struggle of authority, the First World War erupted, likewise the Second World War, followed by the Cold War between America and the now defunct Soviet Union, fighting together against the super power of Europe as allies in spite of […]

Thousands trapped by fighting in South Sudan as aid agencies pull out

Siegfried Modola/Reuters   By Katy Migiro Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have fled their homes and are now trapped under intense sun without food, water or medical care, aid agencies said after fierce fighting forced them to pull out of the region.

UN peacekeeping mandate in DRC renewed but number of troops reduced

Kenny Katombe/Reuters   By Sylvain Muyali On Friday March 31st in New York, the UN Security Council voted on Resolution 2348, recommending that the Congolese peacekeeping force MONUSCO‘s mandate be renewed for another year to prevent the intensification of violence in the DRC.

Iraqi civilians killed by airstrikes in their homes after being told not to flee Mosul

Suhaib Salem/Reuters   By Amnesty International Hundreds of civilians have been killed by airstrikes inside their homes or in places where they sought refuge after following Iraqi government advice not to leave during the offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), human rights NGO Amnesty International […]

Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms

Khaled Abdullah/Reuters   By Emma Batha Child marriage has soared in Yemen as families struggle to feed their children amid a conflict that has left the country on the brink of famine, the U.N. children’s agency stated.

The Saudi war on Yemen enters its third year

Khaled Abdullah/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian This month marks two full years since the start of the Saudi-led, US-supported war on Yemen. As this war completes two years, involving a blockade of Yemen and the consequent collapse of the nation’s economy, the prospect of famine is now appearing very real.

South Sudan refugee crisis escalates: Uganda and region in urgent need of assistance

UNHCR photo   By Male Daniel Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

Fresh evidence of cluster bombs being used by Saudi coalition forces in Yemen

Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters   By Amnesty International Human Rights NGO Amnesty International has corroborated new evidence showing that the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition recently fired Brazilian-manufactured rockets containing banned cluster munitions in the middle of Sa’da city in Yemen, injuring two civilians and causing material damage.

Huthi forces recruiting child soldiers for front-line combat in Yemen

Reuters photo   By Amnesty International New evidence has emerged of how the Huthi armed group is actively recruiting boys as young as 15 to fight as child soldiers on the front lines of the conflict in Yemen, said human rights NGO Amnesty International after speaking to the families of three boys targeted by the […]

Senior UN human rights official condemns deplorable rights situation in South Sudan

Andreea Campeanu/Reuters   By Male Daniel The UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights, Andrew Gilmour, at the end of his four-day visit to South Sudan over the week called for those committing cimes of atrocity in the country to be held accountable.

South Sudan Bishop has doubts on nation’s reconciliation

Timothy McKulka   By Male Daniel Santo Laku Poi, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, recently casted doubt on the possibility that reconciliation for South Sudan will work. He said the war torn country’s reconciliation is being forced by leadership on citizens whose hearts are still broken.

Aid providers in South Sudan appeal for $1.6 billion

F.Noy/UN   By Male Daniel The organization for the coordination of humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan stated that humanitarian organizations operating in the war torn country would need approximately US$1.6 billion to provide life-saving assistance and protection to 5.8 million people across South Sudan in 2017.

South Sudan refugees pass 1.5 million

B. Gezahegne   By Male Daniel The United Nation High Commission for Refugees stated that South Sudan has become Africa’s largest refugee crisis “With no solution in sight, refugee numbers from South Sudan crossing the 1.5 million mark.”

Media, Activists and the violent narrative

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Prince Charles Dickson In recent times the Nigerian news media and social media feeds are bombarded with images of spectacular extremist violence and increasingly aggressive and bellicose rhetoric from politicians and pundits. This coverage warrants a close look, as public discourse sinks to new lows in justifying violence against entire racial […]

History Beckons

James Stone   By David Adejumo   The value of history to Nation building

IDP carnage and the raging sphere of insecurity in Nigeria

Alfred Davies/MSF   By Ogunniyi Abayomi   “War is war, the only good human is a dead one”             George Orwell; Animal Farm.

With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2017?

Antonio Parrinello/Reuters   By Umberto Bacchi After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

Observations of an Expat: Disastrous Middle East Victory

Nicole Tung   By Tom Arms It looks as if the fighting in Iraq and Syria will draw to a close in 2017. We won and lost.

The Business of War

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The superpower ideological divide that previously structured world conflict is now obsolete. Governments in America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East have unconventionally turned to private military companies to intervene in conflict on their behalf.

Renewed recruitment in South Sudan an indicator all parties preparing for conflict

Peter Louis   By Peter Louis Members from a United Nations commission on human rights for South Sudan on Wednesday gave press a briefing on their ten day vist to report on the country’s worsening condition.

Ugandan tribal king charged with murder amid violence in region

James Akena/Reuters   By Gloria Nakiyimba Kasese town remains calm but unstable. The town in Uganda’s western Rwenzori region neighboring the Democratic Republic of Congo has been the scene of heavy fighting with gunshots heard everywhere following the weekend attacks on a tribal King’s Palace.

‘I was forced to kill my best friend’, former DRC child soldier says

Antony Njuguna/Reuters   By Lin Taylor It was during an ordinary game of soccer when Michel Chikwanine was abducted at age 5 by rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and recruited into the army.

Forum to boost tourism in Senegal’s Casamance

By Alpha Jallow Local authorities and stakeholders in the tourism sector are holding a three-day regional forum to reactive the activities of tourism in the restive Casamance region in Southern Senegal.

Journalism is not a crime

JFO photo   By Rafah Al Saad Each year the second day of November marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Over 100 children released by armed groups in South Sudan

Sebastian Rich   By Peter Louis Armed groups in South Sudan last week released a total of 145 children. This is the largest number of children freed since 2015, when 1,775 children were released in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

Colombia child soldiers reluctant to leave FARC ‘family’

John Vizcaino/Reuters   By Anastasia Moloney The release of scores of child soldiers from Colombia’s FARC rebel group is a top priority, but some are reluctant to leave because they fear an uncertain future away from the insurgents they view as family, a guerrilla commander said.