Sudanese Military Coup Experiences Major Opposition

On October 25 2021, just over two years after Sudan began a transition to democratic rule, the Sudanese Military, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, staged a coup and removed civilian leaders from power. Abdalla Hamdok, who had been Prime Minister since August 2019 was arrested on October 25, and after refusing to approve the military takeover, was imprisoned in an unknown location.

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Benin Passes Law Legalizing Abortion

On October 20th the West African Nation of Benin passed a law that would legalize abortion. Previously abortion was legal in Benin only in cases of rape, incest, or serious health concerns, the new law passed through parliament after heated debate will allow for termination up to three months in cases where the pregnancy was, “likely to aggravate or cause a situation of material, educational, professional or moral distress incompatible with the interests of the woman and/or the unborn child.”

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Mozambique Town of 75,000 Overrun by Militants-Part of Larger Crisis

In Mozambique, the Province of Cabo Delgado is experiencing a growing crisis caused by a terrorist insurgency. In late March of this year the coastal town of Palma, close to the border with Tanzania, and home to about 75,000 was overrun by insurgents resulting in the death of potentially hundreds and the displacement of roughly 35,000 people fleeing the besieged town.

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Death of More Soldiers Further Shakes French Involvement in Sahel

n attack by an unidentified extremist group left 14 Burkina Faso soldiers dead in their country’s portion of the Sahel on November 11. The Sahel region, which stretches from Senegal in the West to Eritrea in the East, has experienced an increase in violence from extremist groups like al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State, leading to the deaths of over 2,000 people in Burkina Faso alone.

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