Francophone Africa update: 28 March 2022

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African students fleeing war in Ukraine detained in EU immigration facilities and face racism. The Independent. African Arguments.

Senegal army’s operation in Casamance displaces 6,000 in Gambia. AlJazeera. TV5. AfricaNews.

Mali’s former PM Soumeylou B. Maïga dies in custody. Le Sahelien. The Independent.

France’s withdrawal from Mali: a selection of resources.

  • “Why France failed in Mali” by N. Powell on War on the Rocks.
  • “The End of Operation Barkhane and the Future of Counterterrorism in Mali” by M. Harris, C. Doxsee and J. Thompson for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  • « Barkhane est morte, pas l’interventionnisme français », un podcast d’Afrique XXI.
  • “France’s Troop Withdrawal from Mali”, I.Y. Ibrahim and R. Moncrieff are guests on Crisis Group’s podcast.
  • “What to make of the French exit from Mali?” by O. Ba and O. Diallo on AlJazeera.

La MINUSCA en Centrafrique : Les casques bleus impopulaires. IFRI

Mass grave discovered in Central Mali; MINUSMA accuses the Malian army and Russian Wagner group. The Africa Report. Jeune Afrique.

Sahel: Moving beyond military containment policy report. Atlantic Council

Burkina Faso’s Francis Kéré becomes first Black architect to win the Pritzker prize. The Guardian. AlJazeera. The Conversation. ArchDaily.

Série: A la redécouverte des classiques de la philosophie africaine. Le Monde

New parliamentary report shows Africa is still misrepresented in UK school curriculum. Full report available here. Blog about it on African Arguments.

Bruxelles: le groupe de travail sur la décolonisation de l’espace public rend son rapport. RTBF.

Francophone Africa Update: 24 January 2022

Confused situation in Burkina Faso amidst mutinies and coup attempt. Le Monde Omega FM AlJazeera

Local elections in Senegal: the opposition wins in Dakar and Ziguinchor. Le Monde AfricaNews RFI REUTERS

French soldier killed in Mali. France Info VOA France24

Cameroon: 17 Die in Capital City Explosion Caused by Fire. VOA AlJazeera

DRC: President Tshisekedi faces critical year ahead as elections loom. The East African

Mediapart accuse le milliardaire Vincent Bolloré d’avoir corrompu les présidents du Togo et de la Guinée. Le Courrier du Soir

As Africa Cup of Nations plays on in Cameroon, taxi drivers fear violence. RFI

This ‘Plastic Man’ Has a Cape and a Superhero’s Mission: Cleaning Up Senegal. NYTimes