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24 May 2016 10:01 (South Africa)

South Sudan: After the euphoria of independence, the anti-climax of reality

  • Simon Allison
    Simon Allison

    Simon Allison covers Africa for the Daily Maverick, having cut his teeth reporting from Palestine, Somalia and revolutionary Egypt. He loves news and politics, the more convoluted the better. Despite his natural cynicism and occasionally despairing tone, he is an Afro-optimist, and can’t wait to witness and chronicle the continent’s swift development over the next few decades.

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Photo: Anti-riot police officers disperse protesters throwing rocks during a demonstration against Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, 23 May 2016. Opposition supporters staged a protest four weeks in a row against the country's electoral body in an attempt to push for the reforms ahead of the next year's general elections. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Kenya: Pre-election violence turns fatal

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A photograph made available 25 April 2015 shows the then president elect Muhammadu Buhari (L) meeting president Goodluck Jonathan (R) in Abuja, Nigeria 24 April 2015. EPA/STR

Nigeria’s Goodluck, bad luck story: Can President Buhari risk arresting his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Somaliland President Ahmed Silanyo arrives at Lancaster House for the Somalia Conference in London, Britain, 23 February 2012. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Op-Ed: Somaliland at 25 – time for the world community to support peace in the Horn of Africa

By Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo
Photo: Pastor Ewan Mawarire (Twitter)

The simple genius of Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag protest, and the man who started it

By Simon Allison
Photo: A general view of damaged vehicles outside of the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 18 January 2016. According to media reports at least 28 people from 18 nationalities were killed after Islamist militants attacked The Splendid Hotel, frequented by many westeners in Burkina Faso on the evening of 15 January 2016. EPA/WOUTER ELSEN

Analysis: No country in the Sahel and Maghreb is immune from Al-Qaeda contagion

By Ryan Cummings & Nick Piper
Photo: Joseph Kabila Kabange (R), President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (not pictured), in Kinshasa, 19 February 2015. EPA/MICHAEL KAPPELER

ISS Today: As Kabila eyes another term, the AU must speak up

By Stephanie Wolters
Photo: President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir (R), listens as the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni (L), speaks during a joint press conference at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, 16 September 2015. EPA/MORWAN AL

Op-Ed: Déjà vu for Africa – Bashir goes in and out of Uganda unscathed

By Angela Mudukuti
Photo of ‘Basetsana from Lesotho’ by Tobias Nawrath.

Living on the Margins: The migrant experience of Basotho in South Africa

By John Aerni-Flessner
Main photo: The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe attends the opening of the 'Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries' in Vienna, Austria, 03 November 2014.  EPA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Op-Ed: Reckoning nears for Mugabe’s Heirs

By Stuart Doran
Photo: Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda speaks during a panel session the first day of the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, 20 January 2016. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Reporter’s WEF Africa notebook: We need to talk about Kagame

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa leaves the room after giving a press conference during the 19th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 15 July 2012. EPA/MARTIN DIXON

ISS: Replacing Dlamini-Zuma won’t be business as usual

Photo by Jolene Bertoldi.

A Festival on Fire: The Phenomenon of AfrikaBurn

By Nadia Rosenthal
Photo: Abdirahman Mahdi, the Ogaden National Liberation Front’s (ONLF) foreign secretary and founding member. (Al Jazeera frame grab)

‘Ethiopia is Boiling’: Rebel group’s founder warns of new Arab Spring

By Martine Dennis
Photo by Cal Harding via Flickr.

Op-Ed: African countries must collect more taxes. But how?

Photo: A file photograph dated 01 August 2011 shows newly arrived refugees who had fled the famine-hit Somalia waiting in line at a reception at Ifo camp, one of three camps that make up sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, northeastern Kenya. Kenyan government announced on 06 May 2016 that it will close the country's two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, citing economic burden and security threats. The closure of the camps would displace some 600,000 refugees. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Collateral Damage: The refugees caught up in Kenya’s cynical electioneering

By Simon Allison
Photo: Emmanuel Nnadozie (The Herald)

Brain Drain: Can Africa keep its best and brightest?

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A file picture dated 17 January 2009 of a Zimbabwean holding the new 10 trillion (10,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwe dollar note in Harare, Zimbabwe. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Analysis: The new Zimbabwean dollar that isn’t

By Simon Allison
All photos by Dr Mills.

Zambezi Protocol: African mining’s downward spiral can be reversed

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: Burundian protesters react as they face with police officers firing shots toward them during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 26 May 2015. The Burundi crisis started after an announcement from the President Pierre Nkurunziza that he intended to run for a third term mandated in the upcoming elections. The statement sparked various protests in all over country, generating clashes from the government supporters and opposers. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Burundi: A year later, still in crisis

By Simon Allison
Main photo: Voters queue at a voting station in John Howard township in Lusaka, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Zambia: Once a poster child for New Africa, now divided and broke

By Greg Mills
Photo: Veteran Eldoret-based John Kituyi, the owner and editor of The Weekly Mirror newspaper, was murdered on 30 April 2015. (Photo: Twitter)

Mightier Than the Pen: Kenyan journalists fear for their lives

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A photograph made available 19 April 2016 shows a woman using a cellphone in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 15 April 2016. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

ISS: Data key to unlocking Africa’s development prospects

Main photo: A military truck is stationed at the 'Grand Place' in front of the City Hall in Brussels, Belgium, 21 November 2015. Last night Belgium raised the alert status at Level 4/4 as 'serious and imminent' threat of an attack, the main effect are closing of all Metro Line in Brussels, all soccer match of league one and two cancelled countrywide. Belgium government said 'the advice for the population is to avoid places where a lot of people come together like shopping centres, concerts, events or public transport stations wherever possible. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Analysis: The Islamic State may be losing ground, but not influence

Photo: Somali police officers inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, 11 April 2016. A suicide bomber exploded a car bomb outside a restaurant in the capital on 11 April, killing at least five and wounding several others, according to media reports. Somalia's Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack. The latest attack comes just two days after another car bomb explosion killed at least three in Mogadishu. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

World Press Freedom Day: How reporters risk death in Somalia

By Simon Allison
Photo: The President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh (R) chats with a colleague as he takes a seat at the 26th African Union Summit at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 January 2016. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI

Can a Gambian Spring survive Jammeh’s infamous wrath?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Lillian King at a primary school in Nakuru (Credit: Njeri Kimani)

One woman’s crusade to end cholera in Kenya

By Njeri Kimani
Photo: South African President, Jacob Zuma (L), walks with his Mozambique counterpart, Filipe Nyusi (R), during the inauguration of a monument to ANC members, in Maputo, Mozambique, 11 September 2015. EPA/ANTONIO SILVA

Analysis: Has Mozambique already squandered its natural gas bonanza?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Carlos Lopes, Undersecretary-General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), speaks during a plenary session titled 'Beyond 2015' at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, 09 May 2014. EPA/RUTH McDOWALL.

Africa needs more ‘interventionist states’, says UN’s economic czar

By Simon Allison
Photo: A handout photograph made available by the African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (Unamid) on 16 March 2011, shows Sudanese Internally Displaced Persons who fled their village, following clashes between the Government of Sudan and rebel movements at Zamzam IDP camp, North Darfur, Sudan, 15 March 2011. According to the Unamid tens of thousands of internally displaced people arrived to take shelter at IDP camps following the clashes. EPA/OLIVIER CHASSOT/UNAMID

Sudan: Could the UN’s biggest peacekeeping mission leave Darfur?

By Nuba Reports