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African Arguments is a series of short books about Africa today. Aimed at the growing number of students and general readers who want to know more about the continent.

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African Arguments Online is a multi-blogging site that covers unfolding, contemporary African events, and develops debates on issues of central importance to an ever-changing continent. Learn more about our process and how you can get involved

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What hope for an extended ceasefire in the CAR? – By Hanna Ucko Neill

What hope for an extended ceasefire in the CAR? – By Hanna Ucko Neill

The signing of a ceasefire on 23 July between the CAR’s Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka fighters raised some hopes of a political solution after more than a year of violence. The talks, held in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo, involved dozens of members of armed groups, about 170 Central ...

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Can artist campaigns help reunite the centre and the periphery in Sudan? – By Reem Abbas

Can artist campaigns help reunite the centre and the periphery in Sudan? – By Reem Abbas

In the 1990s, as the war continued to escalate in Southern Sudan, Northern Sudanese activists arrived in conflict-affected areas in what was called a ‘peace convoy’. Initially the activists felt they were “mistrusted and no-one wanted to speak” to them, but after some days, this changed and people began to ...

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Violence, photography and the iconography of South Sudan’s cattle camps – By Carol Berger

Violence, photography and the iconography of South Sudan’s cattle camps – By Carol Berger

Some years ago a curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford asked me to look at a photograph taken in South Sudan in the early 1950s. Several South Sudanese men were shown standing on an open plain. They were wearing little in the way of clothing. But on the ...

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Somalia food shortages worsened by NGO policy and anti-terrorism laws – By Mohamed Mubarak

Somalia food shortages worsened by NGO policy and anti-terrorism laws - By Mohamed Mubarak

As the UN warns of an impending famine in Somalia, it is important to look at the track record of aid organisations in responding to emergencies in the country. This will help explain what should be done to aid local communities in becoming better prepared. How we got here The work of ...

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Zambia: Sata sickness opens up can of worms for Patriotic Front – By Arthur Simuchoba

Zambia: Sata sickness opens up can of worms for Patriotic Front – By Arthur Simuchoba

The health of the 77-year old Zambian President Michael Sata currently ranks among the most sensitive of issues in the country and has come to be discussed only in hushed tones. His most recent public appearance and pictures released by his office, intended to stem increasing speculation, show him to ...

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