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ISS: Turning away from terrorism – lessons from the Lake Chad...

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Terror groups in the Sahel are becoming more resilient, making it hard for governments and their partners to degrade them. As the region explores...

Record increase in extremist attacks shows Malian junta’s ineffective strategy

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Mali’s ruling junta has repeatedly pledged to restore peace to the country after using the terror threat as justification for coups in 2020 and...

South Africa more violent as global peace levels continue to deteriorate

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The 17th edition of the just released annual global peace index (GPI) reveals the average level of global peacefulness deteriorated for the ninth consecutive...

ISS: South Africa does have the means to reduce violence

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In May, police minister Beki Cele praised the South African Police Service’ (SAPS) ‘more boots on the ground’ approach to fighting crime. His speech...

Kenya violence: 5 key drivers of the decades-long conflict in the...

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Conflict and insecurity are prevalent in northern Kenya. In recent weeks, cases of bandit attacks in the region have left villages terrorised and led...

Armed conflict and climate change: how these two threats play out...

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The world is falling miserably short of reducing carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, a 2015 treaty to keep global warming well...

Sahel and Somalia drive rise in Africa’s militant Islamist group violence

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Militant Islamist violence in Africa has risen continuously over the past decade, doubling in just the past 3 years. A review of violence involving African...

Sahel-based violence ripples across borders into coastal countries

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Attacks by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali are rippling out of the Sahel and across the borders of countries to the...

Mass shootings in South Africa are often over group turf: how...

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In just two days in early July, 25 people were shot dead in four separate incidents at taverns across South Africa. In one of...

Cele to visit Soweto tavern mass shooting site

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Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, will on Monday 11 July receive a full report on the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 15...

Training local leaders in mediation can reduce violence: positive results in...

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Violence and insecurity are plaguing the northern parts of Nigeria. Banditry, kidnapping and other forms of indiscriminate violence have risen sharply during the pandemic. Conflicts...

ISS: Medical professionals can help prevent violence in South Africa

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A mass shooting in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape on 8 May and another on 21 May have drawn attention to the high violence...

ISS: Violence in Nigeria’s south-east demands a holistic response

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Insecurity in Nigeria is growing in scale, spread and sophistication. A total of 1 486 people in the country were victims of insecurity in...

Specialised team established to investigate political violence in Tshwane

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has established a specialised team that will investigate politically related violence that has in recent times plagued Tshwane...

ISS: New private sector options for preventing violence

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Work-based programmes can make the home and the workplace safer, and in the process improve productivity and profits. In South Africa, reports of women being...

Nigerian regulator tells TV stations to curb reporting on violence

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Nigeria's broadcasting regulator has asked TV stations to curb their reporting of insecurity in the country by withholding details of incidents and victims, in...

Committee calls for coherence in characterisation of violence, looting

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The Joint Standing Committee on Defence has called for coherence in characterising what led to the violence, wanton looting and destruction of property over...

King Misuzulu calls for end to violence and looting

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Appealing for peace and calm, incoming amaZulu King Misuzulu Zulu KaZwelithini, has instructed his subjects to withdraw from participating in the wanton destruction of...

Explainer: Why violence is engulfing South Africa

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Days of riots and looting in South Africa have left more than 70 people dead, hurt thousands of businesses and damaged major infrastructure in...

Gauteng, KZN deaths, arrest numbers revealed

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More than 750 people were arrested for wanton destruction and looting of businesses and properties over the past five days. Of these, 304 were arrested...

President Ramaphosa condemns acts of violence

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the recent sporadic but increasingly violent protests in some parts of the country. “Key infrastructure like national roads have been...

Nigerian lawmakers approve $2.4 billion to fight violence, fund vaccines

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Nigeria's parliament passed a 983 billion naira ($2.4 billion) supplementary budget on Wednesday to address rising insecurity in the country and fund COVID-19 vaccines. Nigeria,...

Nigeria’s president threatens rebels amid rising violence in southeast

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People who promote insurrection in Nigeria face a “rude shock”, its president warned on Tuesday, raising the possibility of a fierce crackdown on rising...

ISS: Climate change and violence in Africa: no time to lose

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The AU is the first international body to tackle the problem head-on, and it needs global support. Climate change poses serious security threats in Africa....

Multi-dimensional response needed to curb violence in schools

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The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on Wednesday said a multidimensional response is necessary to curb the worrying increase in the incidence of violence...

Companies need to prepare for more political disturbances and violence, analysts...

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A significant increase in the number of riots, demonstrations and vandalism, as terrorism events decline, means civil unrest is now the main political risk...

Violence erupts as kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls return to families

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One moment, Hadiza was weeping and flinging her arms around her father for the first time since her abduction; the next - gunfire and...

The violence and insecurity affecting Nigeria

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Gunmen have abducted schoolgirls in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, a state spokesman said on Friday. The incident is the second such kidnapping in just over...

Violence still raging in South Sudan despite peace deal: UN

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Violence is still raging in vast swathes of South Sudan a year after a peace deal was signed to end a civil war that...

Nigeria’s president calls for calm after clashes in southwest Oyo state

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Nigeria’s president appealed for calm on Sunday following reports of intercommunal violence between ethnic groups at a market in the southwestern state of Oyo. Clashes...

Violence in Nigeria – what and where

Islamist extremist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for abducting hundreds of boys from a boarding school in Nigeria’s Katsina state, according to an audio...

ISS: Time to tackle violence against women in Mali

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The transition period could set the tone for new norms that future governments could live by. On 26 September, hundreds of Malian women and some...

Burkina Faso holds election under looming threat of violence

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Polls closed in Burkina Faso on Sunday after a presidential and parliamentary election dominated by the threat of Islamist violence that prevented voting in...

Ivory Coast wants violence to end before election

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s government reached out to his main opponents and religious leaders to intervene and ease tensions following his decision to...

ISS: Lockdown lessons on violence and policing in South Africa

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In an effort to enhance policing and violence prevention, a team of Western Cape Government and Institute for Security Studies (ISS) researchers carried out...

ISS: Domestic violence during COVID-19: are we asking the right questions?

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The number of domestic violence cases reported to the South African police between March and April dropped by 69.4%. This figure makes it tempting...

Opposition blamed for Sierra Leone violence

Sierra Leone president Julius Maada Bio accused the main opposition party of orchestrating a spate of violent incidents, deepening a political standoff that risks...

Defence committee concerned about soldier violence during lockdown

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) supports deployment of national defence force elements to ensure lockdown protocols and regulations are adhered...

Cameroonians flee in the face of violence

Almost 8 000 Cameroon refugees fled to eastern and southern Nigeria over the past two weeks, the UN refugee agency said, as violence flared...

ISS: Insecurity in the Sahel won’t be solved at high-level summits

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Terror attacks in the Sahel have increased five-fold since 2016. In addition to civilian casualties, attacks on military personnel in the Sahelian states, as...

Global violent deaths on the rise

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The year 2017 saw the second highest annual rate of global violent deaths in the period 2004–17, according to new data from the Small...

Burkinabes flee escalating violence

The number of people forced to flee their homes in two regions of Burkina Faso besieged by ethnic and jihadist violence increased more than...

World losing ground against Sahel violence

West African and international powers are failing to tackle the spiralling threat of Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, which is spreading to the...

Ramaphosa condemns further public violence

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned a resurgence of public violence that claimed two lives in Johannesburg on Sunday 08 September. The President has also expressed...

DA calls for NATJOINTS to halt logistics sector attacks

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The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) will be writing to the National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, to request that he activate the National Joint...

Thousands flee as violence erupts in Cameroon

Thousands fled a fresh flare-up of violence in Cameroon’s separatist English-speaking regions, a local security source and a government source said. The army said...

Violence in South Sudan claims more than 100 lives

South Sudan’s army and several armed groups killed more than 100 civilians in a surge in violence in a southern region of the country...

More than 300 000 flee DR Congo violence

More than 300,000 people fled inter-ethnic violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since early June, complicating tracing and treatment of patients at risk...

Violence escalating in Cameroon

Prospects for talks between authorities and separatist movements to end escalating violence in Cameroon’s English-speaking region are slim, a senior human rights official said,...

Violence flares in northern Kenya

Kenya Chief Eipa Choro (74) remembers when battles were fought with knives and spears. Now newcomers with far more firepower are taking lives in...

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