The latest edition of Crisis Group’s monthly conflict tracker highlights dangers of escalating conflict in Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Tunisia. But there are resolution opportunities in Sudan.
In September, U.S. President Trump suspended talks with the Taliban, curtailing prospects for peace in Afghanistan, while an attack on Saudi oil facilities prompted a sharp rise in tensions between Riyadh and Washington on one side and Iran on the other. Cross-border attacks between Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Huthis could multiply unless they agree on steps to de-escalate, and fighting in Yemen’s south could also pick up. In Egypt and Algeria, security forces cracked down on opposition protests, and Tunisia’s second round of presidential polls could stir tensions.… Seguir leyendo »
A principios de enero de 2019, hombres armados no identificados asesinaron a Maritza Isabel Quiroz Leiva, una activista colombiana por el derecho a la tierra de 60 años, en una pequeña granja cerca de la ciudad caribeña de Santa Marta. Su asesinato fue un duro recordatorio de que hablar sobre temas sociales y políticos en Colombia, ya sea sobre disputas por la tierra, derechos de las mujeres o sobre la violencia política que persiste pese al acuerdo de paz de 2016 entre el gobierno y la guerrilla de las FARC, es algo muy peligroso. La muerte de Maritza no es un incidente aislado: en los últimos tres años, las guerrillas (remanentes de las FARC y otros), agrupaciones criminales y otros grupos delictivos no identificados han asesinado a más de 300 activistas (hombres y mujeres) como ella.… Seguir leyendo »
The latest edition of Crisis Group’s monthly conflict tracker highlights dangers of escalating conflict in DR Congo, Yemen and Bangladesh. CrisisWatch also notes a conflict resolution opportunity in Yemen.
In November, Yemen’s brutal war continued to threaten its people with famine, while talks planned for early December offer a glimmer of hope for reprieve. Boko Haram’s insurgency in north east Nigeria gained intensity, as suspected jihadist groups stepped up attacks in Burkina Faso’s north and east and across the border in south west Niger, and in Mozambique’s far north. In Somalia, Al-Shabaab upped its campaign of violence, while territorial clashes flared between the country’s semi-autonomous Puntland region and Somaliland.… Seguir leyendo »
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 »
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 »