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DRC: Attacks against UN peacekeepers

At least 14 UN peacekeepers and five Congolese air force members have been killed, and at least 53 peacekeepers were also injured in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the “worst attack in recent history“, according to the UN. Deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a war crime.

South Africa is in the top ten most dangerous countries in Africa for personal safety

The latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) paints a pretty grim picture when it comes to personal safety in South Africa. According to the index, South Africa ranks 47th (out of 54) when it comes to personal safety.
The ranking is perhaps not too much a surprise, considering the rising crime levels. Ahead of South Africa is Somalia, South Sudan, Libya, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Burundi – all countries who have experienced some sort of armed conflict in recent years.
The personal safety category considers different metrics – human trafficking, police service, political violence, safety of the person, social the unrest and crime. South Africa’s scores were broken down as follows (all rankings out of 54):
Human Trafficking – 1st
Police Service – 23rd
Political Violence – 37th
Safety of the Person – 46th
Social Unrest – 50th
Crime – 50th
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Despite these rather grim statistics, South Africa is still ranked in the top 10 in the overall safety and rule of law category. The country comes in at seventh thanks to a strong judicial system, and strong levels of accountability (when compared to other African nations).

ISIS Jihadists, New Turf in Central Africa

ISIS propaganda.

A video circulating on pro-ISIS message boards purports to show the expansion of ISIS into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

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