News & Analysis: Security impact

In Burkina Faso, violence and COVID-19 push children into harm’s way

“As jihadist-linked violence surges in Burkina Faso, children are facing particularly severe hardships: more than half of the roughly one million Burkinabe now displaced across the country are 18 and under, and many have been forced out of school by attacks and threats from extremists.”

via The New Humanitarian

The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it.”

via UN Women

Egyptian Premier League set for late summer restart amid coronavirus pandemic

“The start of August will see the Egyptian Premier League become the latest football competition to resume the 2019-20 season after the interruption brought about by the spread of the COVID-19. The league had been suspended since March 14, 2020 as fears of pandemic brought almost all sporting competitions around the world to a halt.”

via Arab News

The pandemic has shifted patterns of conflict in Africa

“In Africa, it was hoped that movement restrictions and fear of infection might halt fighting, creating space for dialogue in even the most intractable conflicts. Yet… tracking activity over the past 10 weeks, ACLED found that conflict rates held steady across the continent, but patterns of violence have shifted as armed groups and governments take advantage of the pandemic to make moves on political priorities.”

via Mail & Guardian

COVID-19 and the challenge of African borderlands

“Borderlands are especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of disease control measures, in particular those that restrict movement and hinder informal trade. In the haste to combat the disease, these measures are not always justified by an analysis of the trade-offs between protecting public health and ensuring that people are able to meet their basic food and protection needs.”

via UNDP

Child marriage worries rise amid coronavirus lockdown in Cameroon

“Aid groups warn that forced child marriages could be on the rise globally due to school closures, food insecurity, and economic uncertainty triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via The New Humanitarian

COVID-19 in Africa: Challenges and Responses to Violent Insurgency in Northeast Mozambique

“The interconnected nature of the public health crisis, economic interests and violent extremism has had searing effects on the population of Cabo Delgado. Paying attention to the colonial and historical trajectories that have caused and shaped the disconnect between central government and Cabo Delgado remains critical in the search for lasting solutions.”

via African Leadership Centre

Kenya: We cannot police ourselves out of the pandemic

“From early on, the government treated COVID-19 as a law enforcement rather than public health issue. It has a long way to go to rebuild trust.”

via African Arguments

Are African nations putting policing over public health?

“The shortage of medical expertise, equipment and facilities stands in stark contrast to the powers of law enforcement and security that have been exercised under the pretext of combatting the pandemic. This has laid the groundwork for a rise in police brutality, overreach, harassment, intimidation, corruption and violence.”

via Lowy Institute

Conflict and coronavirus: What the pandemic means in fragile settings

“For those of us working on conflict, security and development, this pandemic is overlaid onto already extremely volatile environments where conflict and humanitarian emergencies intersect.”

via Itad