The murder of a female intelligence officer has brought fragile Somalia to the brink of state collapse.
A devastating fire in a migrant holding camp draws attention to the desperate situation of African migrants seeking to use Yemen as an entry point to Saudi Arabia and other GCC states.
Festival marking end of Ramadan probably 5 June. Long holidays, traditional family celebrations, a travel boom. Clash with the cricket World Cup. Multiple wars continue.
Huge decline since 1990 in FGM in Africa where it is most prevalent. Information about the Middle East remains scanty.
Qatar vs. the four: no sign of compromise. The dispute static but not safe, and causing harm. The four have won no friends.
Dubai Ports terminal in Djibouti seized by the government. DP sells a part stake in Berbera port to Ethiopia. Background is Qatar vs. four dispute.
Freedom of navigation through the Bab al-Mandab is important to the trade in oil, LNG, foodstuffs and manufactured goods between Europe and Asia. Vessels passing through the strait continue to be at risk of attack.
China, USA, UAE and others building up their presence in the Horn of Africa – why?
UAE naval base at Berbera, its second on the African coast. Saudi base planned in Djibouti. Yemen war one among several reasons.
Worldwide campaign against Female Genital Mutilation. More information about FGM in the non-African Arab world as well as in Africa.