13 June 2021

Côte d’Ivoire : Two soldiers and a police officer have died and four others have been wounded when on patrol in the country’s north, near the Burkinabè border. Their vehicle hit an explosive device.
BBC Africa Latest Updates 13 June 2021. 10:04

G7: The biggest 7 – well, China is not amongst them, they are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US – are calling for unimpeded access for aid workers to Tigray, for an immediate ceasefire, for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops. On a different note, they promise “a billion Covid-19 vaccines to poorer countries by next year and (to) raise $100bn (…) to help them cut carbon emissions.”

12 June 2021

Nigeria: In a move that seemed intended to pre-empt country-wide protests against growing insecurity, president Buhari stated the obvious: that “he has failed to end insecurity in the country, a promise he made when he was elected in 2015” and that “the fight against Islamist militants in the north had had the unintended consequence of spreading violence to other areas”. He – again – promised to do everything he could to end insecurity… No word, it seems, about security forces attacking protesters, trying to prevent criticism and key protest organisers targeted and arrested.