Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Delta Force: Power, War and Money in Nigeria’s South-South

Posted in African Politics, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on July 31, 2016

TompoloPeace in the Niger Delta – bought in 2009 with an amnesty programme for militants – is currently faltering. Formerly armed youths have seen their leaders like Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo (picture) getting rich through government contracts and security services. But the causes of the deep and multidimensional crisis in the Delta have not been tackled. Attacks of a new group, the Niger Delta Avengers, shut down oil production dramatically. Read in my text published by Konkret 7/16 here (German, pdf).

Eritrea: Let’s Get Out of Here!

Posted in African Politics by ruben eberlein on July 10, 2016

My latest article for Jungle World deals with the humanitarian situation in Eritrea. According to some estimates, up to 5000 people try to leave the country every month. The United Nations Human Rights Commission issued a report on Eritrea in June. It accuses the regime under Isayas Afewerki of crimes against humanity. You can download the article here or check Jungle World’s website.

South Sudan: No State, Nowhere

Posted in African Politics, South Sudan by ruben eberlein on July 4, 2016

The latest issue of Blätter des Informationszentrums Dritte Welt (iz3w) is devoted to questions around separatism. I contributed a piece on South Sudan, where the high hopes of the people at the time of independence 2011 have been frustrated by the ruling SPLM. Since 2013, the war between two factions of the SPLM killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. You can download the article as pdf here.

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