1. 100 days of fighting in Sudan and no peace in sight (Sahel & Lake Chad Basin )
There have been 100 days of fighting in Sudan and the conflict has wrought a devastating human toll, reigniting ethnic violence and sparking fears it could destabilize the wider region. A flurry of diplomatic initiatives to halt the war has failed to yield any concrete results as the rival sides are locked in a battle for survival.
Al Jazeera: “100 days of fighting in Sudan and no peace in sight”, Accessed: 24th July, 2023.
2. Mass Detention of Children in Northeast Syria (United Nations)
A U.N. expert is condemning the mass detention of tens of thousands of women and children in northeast Syria as a violation of international law and calling on governments to repatriate their nationals who she says live under cruel and inhumane conditions.
Voice of America news: “Mass Detention of Children in Northeast Syria”, Accessed: 24th July, 2023.
3. Heatwave hits north Africa (North East Africa)
A major heatwave has hit North African countries, with temperatures reaching 49 Celsius (120 F) in some Tunisian cities. Wildfires killed 15 people in the mountainous Bejaia and Bouira regions of Algeria as a heatwave spread across North Africa and Southern Europe. Some 7,500 firefighters were battling to bring the flames under control, authorities said. Firefighters were also at work in the Boumerdes, Tizi Ouzou, Jijel and Skikda regions. About 1,500 people had been evacuated.
Reuters: “Wildfire kills 15 in Algeria as heatwave hits north Africa” Accessed: 24th July, 2023.
4. US-Taiwan trade pact key to countering diplomatic isolation (International Economics)
The signing of a trade pact between Taiwan and the United States will play a key role in helping the island counter its diplomatic isolation from China. The agreement will allow Taipei to demonstrate its track record in following international trade rules, which will help enable future trade deals with other advanced economies
CNN: “ US-Taiwan trade pact key to countering diplomatic isolation”, Accessed: 24th July, 2023
5. North Central Nigeria: 80,000 displaced after intercommunal violence (Nigeria)
At least 80,000 people have been displaced over the past three months in North central Nigeria, the scene of bloody intercommunal violence to which the army has sent reinforcements. This shows the continuum of internal insecurity in Nigeria.
Africa News: “Central Nigeria: 80,000 displaced after intercommunal violence”, Accessed: 24th July, 2023.