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Take me to your leader: Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki

Despite all that’s been written and spoken about extreme repression and economic blight in Eritrea, surprisingly little has been publicized about its inscrutable leader, Isaias Afwerki, who has led the country with an iron fist since independence in 1991. Based on common knowledge among Eritreans in the country and other information collected over the years from frequent contacts, Abraham T. Zere attempted to profile him.

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Migration: EU money in exchange for border controls in Africa

Niamey (Niger) – European funds in exchange for greater border controls. Easier repatriations. Quicker expulsions. In a word: border externalisation. Read the field story written by Sara Prestianni for #DivertedAid, an investigative project on the management and the impact of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

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China “at the bedside” of Burundi

Bujumbura (Burundi) – The Vice-President of the Republic of China, Li Younchao, was in Burundi for a three-day visit. This was the first visit of such a Chinese high ranking figure to Burundi since 1963 when cooperation between the two countries began. “A breath of fresh air for Bujumbura”, writes Iwacu.org.

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Nigeria: After Buhari…?

Secrecy creates suspicion. In the cutthroat arena of Nigerian politics, it can also reveal ambition. The ongoing silence around of the health of Nigeria’s president has done just this. For several weeks, Muhammadu Buhari has barely been seen in public. And on 7 May, he sought medical treatment in London, where he previously spent nearly two months from mid-January to March for the same reasons.

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Foreigners warned: High South African crime rates

South Africa is seemingly at odds with the rest of Africa and, probably, the world over a rising wave of crime and sporadic attacks on foreign nationals. According to data released by the South African police at the end of March, over 960,000 serious crimes were reported to the police between April and December 2016, averaging over 3,550 cases every day – or 148 every hour.

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Senegalese struggles play out on screen

May16

The New York African Film Festival put Senegal in the spotlight, featuring five short films (“Senegal Spotlight”) that capture the daily struggle of ordinary Senegalese citizens and touch upon the main issues that the Senegal’s urban society faces.

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