Kenya's secret war
More than 21 Islamic clerics have been gunned down in Kenya’s southeastern port city of Mombasa over the past two years, according to the human rights group Haki Africa. All but one of them was linked by the government to terrorism and support for the al-Shabab insurgency in neighboring Somalia. Full report
Analysis: Conflict dynamics on Kenya’s coast
23 July 2014
A string of attacks by gunmen on communities in Kenya’s southeastern Coast Province over the past six weeks has left more than 100 people dead, and the real fear of yet more violence to come.
NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work
23 July 2014
International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict.
Rosewood plunder in Guinea-Bissau
22 July 2014
During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, it is normal to see heavy trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital, waiting to offload their cargo onto ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially when demand for the country’s cashews has plummeted.
Briefing: Targeting CAR’s predators
21 July 2014
The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups’ sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and manipulating armed groups.
New TB diagnostic tool could lower costs
18 July 2014
Early results from a clinical trial indicate that an enzyme based TB detection method could diagnose the disease in 30 minutes and further lower the cost of diagnosis by up to 40 percent, according to authors of a new study.