A UNPOL officer of the forensic team investigates the crime scene in Minima Maoude in Mali last month. (Photo/Marco Dormino/MINUSMA/Flickr).

Bloody Attack In Mali. Violence Has Soared By As Much as 7,028% Across Parts Of The Sahel

Ongoing violence is rooted in intercommunal tensions and spurred on by rising extremism in the Sahel. Jihadists have recruited heavily among Fulani herders in recent months.


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Nigerian soldiers assigned: will they ever beat Boko Haram? (Photo/Michael Larson/Flickr).

Attacks By Boko Haram Militants And Its Allies In Nigeria Spike, As Thousands Flee

The government has previously claimed that Boko Haram was “technically defeated”. In reality the insurgency has fragmented but continues.


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A bullet hole in the window of a hotel in Mogadishu: the worst is not over. (Photo/Stuart Price/UN).

US Kills 60 Al-Shabaab In Deadliest Attacks On The Somali Militants, But The Cycle Of Violence Continues

Al-Shabaab has lost large swathes of territory to the Somali army this year, bolstered by US and African Union peacekeeping troops, AMISOM.


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Understanding that evil forces are governing the actions of those committing violence seems to explain the unexplainable. (Photo/Katie G. Nelson)

Week’s Must Read: South Sudan Refugees Teach Us That You Can’t Live By Bread Alone

For many, religion provides both an explanation for their plight notions of sin and punishment as well as solace and agency.