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NEWS Quick Updates – Burkina Faso [13 August, 2017]: - Attaque terroriste à Ouagadougou

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Une attaque terroriste a touché le restaurant « Aziz Istanbul » sur l’Avenue Kwamé N’KRUMAH à Ouagadougou, le dimanche 13 août 2017 aux environs de 21 heures. Les assaillants arrivés sur les lieux en moto, armés de kalachnikovs, ont pris directement pour cibles les clients installés à la terrasse du café-restaurant Aziz-Istanbul.
Le bilan provisoire fait état de 18 personnes tuées (dont deux assaillants) et une vingtaine de personnes blessées. Les deux (2) assaillants non encore identifiés ont été... Read more

NEWS Quick Updates – Liberia [14 July, 2017]: - Addressing Threats to peace and Security in Liberia’s Elections: A quick update on current political tensions

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  • Liberia is barely three months away from Legislative and Presidential Elections billed for October 10, 2017.
  • The political atmosphere is charged as Liberia’s estimated 3.5 million population (Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services - LISGIS, 2009) is deeply engrossed in politicking. 
  • About 50% of the country’s population are youth, mostly unemployed, and are actively involved in the electoral processes.  
  • There have been ceaseless Supreme Court cases between the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and several presidential aspirants and other political parties’ candidates......
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NEWS Quick Updates – West Africa - Meningitis Outbreak [01 January to 06 April 2017]

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A number of West African countries are currently experiencing an outbreak of Meningitis which poses serious health security concerns for the entire region if not properly managed. Since the beginning of 2017, outbreaks of the disease have been recorded in Togo, Nigeria, Niger and Ghana with unconfirmed reports in Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso and Gambia. To date, Nigeria has registered the highest number of cases and is considering the current outbreak as a health emergency. As of 3 April 2017, a total of 2,997 cases had been reported with 336 deaths from the new Neisseria Meningitides Stereotype C strand. Affected states include Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, kebbi, Niger, Nassarawa, Jigawa, Abuja-FCT, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe, Kano, Osun, Cross River, Lagos and Plateau States, with a concentration in the northern states of Zamfara, katsina and Sokoto. The First report of suspected cases began around November of 2016 in Zamfara. In Niger, 921 cases of meningitis including 55 deaths, were recorded between January and March 26 2017, while at least 201 cases of meningitis were detected in Togo with 17 deaths between 1 January and 10 March 2017......Read more

Policy Brief on Burkina Faso: Conflit agro-pastoral au Burkina Faso : Une crise localisé avec des ramifications transnationales

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NEWS Quick Updates – Sierra Leone [Period of March, 2017]

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Demographic Analysis Sierra Leone is a small West African country with a total landmass of 73,325 sq.km and an estimated population of 7,092,113 people of which 41.7% is estimated to be less than 15 years old and women 50.9% (2015 Population and Housing Census). It is bordered by the Republic of Guinea on the North and East, by the Republic of Liberia on the South, and by the Atlantic Ocean on the West. There are 12 districts in the country and its capital, Freetown, was founded in 1787 as a resettlement for freed slaves. Sierra Leone boasts of the oldest University in West Africa, Fourah Bay College opened in 1827. Sierra Leone is blessed with rich mineral resources including diamonds, gold, rutile, iron ore and bauxite....Read more