Category Chad

Boko Haram: Recruited by Friends and Family

London – A recent study supported by the government of Finland has found widespread misconceptions regarding what drives people to join Islamist militant groups like Boko Haram.

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Africa – When the broom triumphs over the gun

Brussels – Y’en a marre, Balai citoyen, Filimbi and Inyina are just a few of the youth protest movements that are emerging in Africa. Their pacifist anger is symbolic of a generational rupture with a leadership that does not want to cede power. Afronline met the leaders of these movements at the Université Libre de Bruxelles during the Africa Week organised by the S&D Group, the group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.

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Why would a Boko Haram faction want to negotiate?

During an address on the 55th anniversary of Chad’s Independence Day last month, President Idriss Deby boldly stated that “Boko Haram is decapitated”, claiming that that the group’s firebrand leader, Abubakar Shekau, had been replaced. His alleged successor, he said, was a militant commander by the name of Mahamat Daoud – a previously unknown figure within the group’s already shadowy leadership structure – who, according to Deby, was open to negotiations with member states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

A day after Deby’s musings, African Arguments published a piece by Nigerian analyst Fulan Nusrullah. According to Nasrullah, who has been blogging about Boko Haram since 2014, Mahamt Daoud (or more correctly Muhammed Duad) is a Shuwa Arab native to the city of Maiduguri – long considered to be the birthplace of Boko Haram.

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What former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré’s trial next month in Senegal means for his victims

Next month former president Hissène Habré, who ruled my native Chad from  June 7, 1982 to December 1, 1990, goes on trial in Senegal, in a special tribunal set up by the African Union.  Habré’s reign was one of absolute terror.  He created the Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS), which quickly developed into a machine of repression. According to the report of an investigation ordered by the Chadian government in 1992, 40,000 people were killed in the prisons of the DDS.

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Nigeria: African Forces Responding to the Growing Threat from Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch

The African forces responding to the growing threat from Boko Haram with a multinational military offensive should protect civilians and respect prisoners’ rights, Human Rights Watch said Thursday February 12.

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EU Children of Peace in South Kivu, DRC

South Kivu, DRC – A music video featuring world music personalities has been launched as part of the EU Children for Peace initiative, which funds humanitarian projects for children growing up in conflict regions. Over one billion children live in countries affected by conflict. They are especially vulnerable to the fallout of war. The release of the video aims to make the world aware of these children’s plight, particularly their lack of access to education.

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Direttore Responsabile Giuseppe Frangi