All posts by: Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.

16 January 20

Four elections in 2020 that will shape East Africa for the next decade

There are four key elections taking place in East Africa this year: Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Somalia. Each of these countries faces its own unique set of political and security challenges that risk boiling over. Even if all four of
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16 January 20

More than 4,000 mass graves discovered in Burundi

More than 4,000 mass graves have been found in Burundi as part of investigations carried out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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16 January 20

Ethiopia sets August 2020 date for elections

Ethiopia’s electoral board on Wednesday announced it expects to hold national elections on 16 August 2020.

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13 January 20

Norway agree to take 600 refugees evacuated from Libya

Norway on Wednesday agreed to welcome 600 refugees that have been evacuated to Rwanda from horrific conditions in Libyan detention centres.

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11 January 20

Trump makes bizarre claim over Ethiopia PM’s Nobel Peace Prize

US President Donald Trump puzzled global audiences on Thursday by claiming he was involved in a deal that “saved” Ethiopia and lead to Prime Minister Aboy Ahmed winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

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11 January 20

Kenya: swarm of desert locusts worst in decades

Kenya is facing an “unprecedented threat” from its worst swarm of desert locusts in decades, authorities in the country say.

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09 January 20

How the EU is funding projects linked to forced labour in Eritrea

The European Union (EU) is spending millions on projects built by Eritrean people in forced conscription, according to a scathing new report published in The New York Times. In the report, Matina Stevis-Gridneff details how the EU spent €20 million
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09 January 20

South Sudan: US places sanctions against vice president

The United States government has placed sanctions on South Sudan Vice President Taban Deng Gai over alleged human rights abuses.

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08 January 20

DRC: Measles kills more than 6,000 in world’s worst outbreak

More than 6,000 people have been killed by the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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07 January 20

Uganda: Bobi Wine arrested, fans teargassed

Police in Uganda arrested opposition figure Bobi Wine and fired teargas at his fans on Monday, during a public meeting that was supposed to mark the start of his presidential campaign.

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