In June, Yemeni forces backed by the United Arab Emirates accelerated their offensive to take the Huthi-held city of Hodeida. A fleeting opportunity exists to find a mediated settlement and avoid prolonged urban warfare. In Syria, pro-government forces intensified efforts to retake territory in the south west, risking worse violence in July, while in Libya, new fighting over oil facilities aggravated tensions. The conflict between Somalia’s Puntland and Somaliland spread, and looks set to escalate; attacks linked to Nigeria’s farmer-herder conflict left over 200 dead; and radical Islamists in Mozambique stepped up attacks. The month saw heightened political rivalry in Tunisia, and election-related violence in Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea.… Seguir leyendo »
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March saw Israeli forces respond with deadly force to the largest Palestinian marches in years at the Gaza-Israel border fence, killing fifteen protesters in one day. Violent confrontations risk increasing in the coming weeks, as protests continue in the lead-up to Palestinians’ commemoration of their expulsion from Israel. Sri Lanka faced its worst outbreak of anti-Muslim violence since 2014, while tensions flared between Kosovo and Serbia, and Turkmenistan saw protests over food shortages. In West Africa, jihadists launched their best organised and most sustained attacks yet on Burkina Faso’s capital, and central Mali, on top of ongoing jihadist violence, witnessed a rise in attacks between Fulani and Dogon communities.… Seguir leyendo »
A sick child cries in the city of Maiduguri, north east Nigeria. For hours, nobody picks up the infant, including the mother, a former wife of a jihadist insurgent from Boko Haram. She is too traumatised by what she endured during the conflict. Other members of the local community prefer to ignore the boy, viewing him as having “bad blood”.
This story is just one of many I heard at a workshop for African Women in Mediation held in Constantine, Algeria on 12-13 December that illustrated the dynamics affecting women in post-conflict situations and the impact conflict can have on traditional gender roles and identities.… Seguir leyendo »