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News Post: Violence Against Coptic Christians Surges in Sinai

The Coptic Christian minority in Egypt has long been the target of militant extremist groups in the country. The surge of killings against Christians in the Sinai region following el-Sissi’s coup has been a powerful backlash against the Coptic community’s support for el-Sissi. As horrific as this most recent killing is, perhaps the most concerning part of this article is that Egyptian soldiers only felt safe reporting this anonymously to the press as they had been ordered not to. With the media relying on piecemeal information provided by soldiers who have been ordered not to contact them, there is no telling exactly how far violence has or will spread in the region.

http://nypost.com/2017/02/24/isis-militants-gun-down-another-christian-in-egypt/

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News- In Somalia, 11 Killed in Car Bomb Blast in the Capital

Just another example of ongoing extremist violence, affecting the stability and acting legitimacy of the current Somalia government.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/11/26/world/africa/ap-af-somalia-violence.html?mwrsm=Email&_r=0

 

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Violent clashes in DRC

In Kinshasa. 09/19/2016. Photo Creds.: Eduardo Soteras/AFP

In Kinshasa. 09/19/2016. Photo Creds.: Eduardo Soteras/AFP

I was looking for some news on Guinea but could not find anything, but instead found this:  http://www.jeuneafrique.com/358617/politique/rd-congo-17-morts-dont-3-policiers-violences-a-kinshasa/

Basically, 17 people died today including 3 police officers in Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC, following clashes between civilians and the police. Many (young) people were out in the streets protesting and calling for the presidential election to take place on time; there were multiple arrests, including that of several journalists whom were released soon after.

I know DRC is not my country of focus but this kinda hit close to home. Elections in Haiti are due for the 5th of next month after they have been postponed for almost a year now. Though it’s been a few weeks since the campaign season has officially started, tensions have been high for months now. There’s a strong possibility that the elections might not happen, and if it doesn’t, widespread violence will erupt.

Also, there is definitely some parallel with the incidents that occured in Gabon a few weeks ago.

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