Monday, February 11

East Africa roundup

  • Michela Wrong in Slate describes how the Kikuyu came to be Kenya's most prosperous tribe and discusses the resentment towards the group. Meanwhile discussions continue between the camps of Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga (Reuters).
  • The Economist this week has a few pieces worth reading on Kenya: on the challenges facing Kenya's flower industry; on the situation in Kisumu, Odinga's western stronghold where the impact of the unrest may be the most profound; and a short piece raising the question of China's growing relationship with Kenya, and what kind of security this would give the Kenyan government if relations sour with the West over democracy.
  • Rebels reached the heart of Chad's capital last week. The civil war in Chad is closely tied up with the conflict in Darfur. Alex De Waal provides some background on the conflict in Chad and its relation to Darfur's (SSRC). The Economist also has a couple pieces on the latest bout in Chad, and the role of European Union peacekeepers and former colonial power France in particular.
  • The Washington Post's, Colum Lynch describes an internal audit that says tens of millions of dollars have been wasted on the UN operation in southern Sudan, little surprise there.

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