26 October 2021

Sudan: Again, “crowds” are out today Tuesday in Khartoum to protest against yesterday’s putsch. At least 10 are reported to have been killed as soldiers opened fire on protesters.
BBC Africa Live 26 October 2021. 7:07

Sudan: We did not know it so far, but the head of state and head of the coup d’état is simply a very nice guy: General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan provided shelter for the Prime minister Hamdok in his own house because he felt that Hamdok was not secure in his own home, and the coup d’état was only to prevent civil war. Meanwhile, “troops are reported to have been going house to house in Khartoum arresting local protest organisers”.

Mali/France: A resumé of the situation in Mali as “French army bases in Kidal, Tessalit and Timbuktu will be closed by the end of the year and handed over to the Malian army”.

Nigeria: Kidnapped by Boko Haram when aged 21, she was freed by the military but returned to Boko Haram captivity voluntarily in 2017 – only four months after the end of a one-year deradicalization programme. Later she escaped and returned to her parents in Maiduguri.
The Boko Haram commander she had been married to had won her heart. After the death of her husband, she was forced to remarry. When she got once more pregnant and attacks on Sambisa Forest intensified, she was afraid for herself and her yet unborn child and eventually managed to escape.
BBC Africa Live 26 October 2021. 0:20

Ethiopia/Egypt: The article, based on a PhD thesis, presents technical improvements (“pathways” – tools and models) to improve Nile water management, for example for the Aswan Dam.

Egypt: After 4 years, President al-Sisi has lifted the state of emergency that “gave police wider powers, curtailed civil liberties and put civilians on trial before military courts”. Al-Sisi said that the country had become “an oasis of security and stability”.
BBC Africa Live 26 October 2021. 6:09

Zimbabwe/SADC: The southern Africa’s regional organisation has called for the lifting of all sanctions against Zimbabwe as these hinder the country’s prospects of economic recovery, human security and sustainable growth.
BBC Africa Live 26 October 2021. 6:45

25 October 2021

Sudan: The head of state General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan has announced a state of emergency and the dissolution of the Sovereign Council, the cabinet and all state governments and has removed all governors. A “caretaker government” to be announced by end November is to take the country to general elections in July 2023. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are known to support Gen Burhan.
BBC Africa Live 25 October 2021. 10:22
BBC Africa Live 25 October 2021. 10:53

Sudan: Written on Friday 22nd of October, this analysis of the many tensions threatening the country’s pursuit of the transition timetable is an excellent explanation of today’s coup.

Ethiopia: Addis has expanded the range of aerial bombardments on Tigray to Adwa and Mai Tsebri after concentrating on regional capital Mekelle the week before.
BBC Africa Live 24 October 2021. 11:06

Uganda: The bomb attack of Saturday night at a bar in Kampala’s outskirts that made 1 dead and 3 wounded has been claimed by the Islamic State group (IS) and was very probably caused by an improvised explosive device.

Southern Africa/Climate Change: Heatwaves, droughts, cyclones of increased intensity, phenological changes (e.g. “advances in the timing of apple and pear flowering in the southwestern Cape, and of Jacaranda flowering in the Gauteng City Region (…) a delay in the sardine run along the KwaZulu-Natal south coast”) show that southern Africa is already in the thralls of climate change and that mitigation and adaptation strategies are urgently needed.