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In South Sudan, Political Rivalries Fuel Conflict

In South Sudan, Political Rivalries Fuel Conflict

When it gained independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan emerged as the world’s newest nation. However, two years later the country descended into a civil war sparked by a…

The UN’s Mission in Mali Was Deadly. It Also Improved the Lives of African Troops

After the Mission Ends

In 2003, thousands of peacekeepers helped stabilize Liberia after its civil war. Two decades on, almost half the nation’s standing force has served on a U.N. mission in Mali. The mission was dangerous and difficult, but it brought economic prosperity most could only dream of. Now it is over.

The Enchantment of African Soccer

The Enchantment of African Soccer

Witchcraft has been a constant theme in African soccer over the years. As the Africa Cup of Nations tournament kicks off in Ivory Coast, magic practices will likely still be present, if more discreet and less visible, shaping how players and teams perceive the game.

Africa Insights: An Era of Apology and Reckoning

Africa Insights: An Era of Apology and Reckoning

In the past few years, a notable change has occurred in public statements concerning Africa’s history, with some former colonial powers acknowledging and apologizing for past abuses during their rule. However, the shift has raised questions of why now, and at what cost?

Born a Sin in Africa: Belgium’s Lost Children

Born a Sin in Africa: Belgium’s Lost Children

Perhaps Monique, the illegitimate child of a Congolese mother and French father in a village ruled by the Belgians since the turn of the 19th century, was abducted by the Catholic Church. Premarital sex remains a sin in the eyes of the religion that still dominates the country today, but back then it was also against the law for Congolese men and women to sleep with white people. Her quest to find some answers led to me.

The Sexually Violated Women of Tigray Demand Justice

The Sexually Violated Women of Tigray Demand Justice

During Ethiopia’s war against the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front, ethnic Tigray women took up arms to fight against the atrocities such as gang rape and sexual violence being committed in their hometowns. With a fragile peace deal now in place, the women recount the horrors of war and call for accountability.

In Africa, Wagner Is Not the Only Game in Town

In Africa, Wagner Is Not the Only Game in Town

Russia's Wagner Group has plenty of profit-seeking rivals providing similar military and security services that are less chaotic and more reliable by comparison, a dynamic that will factor into its survivability in Africa. With business booming on the continent, entrepreneurs and former elite soldiers the world over want a piece of the action.