• Culture of gun violence in Arusha

    The impact of guns coming from Tanzania-Kenya border regions and Somali bases are beginning to be felt in Arusha, as hand guns increasingly cause deaths. Most of these deaths are fatal shootings by acquaintances, leading to the categorisation of the Arusha culture as ‘guns and roses’. Mariam Said of Tanzania Daily News argues that those […]

  • Lagos residents illegally evicted in the name of development

    Two prominent NGOs have released a report on evictions of Badia East residents during the first phase of a development project. The World Bank is funding the $200 million project in Lagos. Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) and Amnesty International in their report on the February evictions call on the World Bank to […]

  • Insecurity strikes Bangui residents

    Since the ousting of President François Bozize when the rebel Seleka Alliance attacked the capital, the Central African republic (CAR) has been confronted with a security crisis. This instability has particularly afflicted Bangui, leading to increases in food prices, unemployment and banking restrictions for residents. IRIN reports: “Before, a sack of peanuts was 30,000 CFA francs [US$61], […]

  • Kinshasa terrorised by youth gangs

    Large parts of Kinshasa have become ‘no-go’ zones where youth gangs terrorize city residents with machetes, stones and rape. Successive civil wars, economic decline and large-scale unemployment have led youth to join gangs; ineffectual and corrupt police do little to curb the problem of violence in the capital city. eNCA reports: “Kinshasa has become a playground […]

  • First victims of Cameroon’s highway construction compensated for land loss

    The super highway linking Cameroon’s two largest cities will displace numerous residents along the route. Last week, the first of these residents were compensated for the loss of their land. The highway is being financed by a loan from the Chinese bank Eximbank China. Construction on the highway has commenced. Business in Cameroon reports: “12 […]

  • Staking a claim: mining Johannesburg’s new resources

    Johannesburg is a space of intense paradox. It is a city where fortunes have been made, lost and made again; a place where lives are lived in glittering luxury and/or dire poverty. The state is both absent and present; residents are visible and invisible, profoundly connected to each other and in states of intense disconnection, […]

  • National train driver strike paralyses Egyptian transport system

    In Egypt, the largest train driver strike in almost 30 years has crippled national transport services. Beginning Saturday night, strikers caused trains to stop running from three key cities  — Cairo, the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and Tanta in the Nile Delta — immobilising the network nationwide. As of Monday, nearly 1,100 train trips had been […]

  • Egyptians defy emergency law

    Egyptian protesters defied a nighttime curfew in restive towns along the Suez Canal, attacking police stations and ignoring emergency rule imposed by Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to end days of clashes that have killed at least 52 people. At least two men died in overnight fighting in the canal city of Port Said in the […]

  • Security heightens in Mauritanian cities

    The Mali conflict is having unexpected repercussions on its neighbour to the west. As the military action across the border entered its second week, Mauritania dismantled a student group allegedly tied to jihadists in Mali. “Mauritanian police arrested eight students of the Islamic University in Laâyoune, 800km northeast of Nouakchott, and accused them of having […]

  • Egypt: Protests mark 2nd revolution anniversary

    Aswat Masriya reports on demonstrators’ activities, in “Scuffles between protesters, security forces in downtown Cairo.” A live newsfeed from The Guardian keeps one updated with the current situation in Cairo. Sky News LIVE shares a multimedia report on the reaction of Egyptian citizens towards the revolution’s anniversary. “Clashes in Egypt on eve of uprising anniversary,” by Agence […]