A Tale of Two Elections: Chad and Djibouti

Within the span of just a few days, two long-serving African leaders will go to the polls in search of new electoral mandates. As part of the “Super Sunday” of African elections in 2016, Djiboutian strongman Ismail Omar Guelleh will stand for re-election on April 8 while Idriss Déby Itno…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Suspected Boko Haram attack in Chad

Suicide bombers have killed at least 27 and injuring 90 on the Island of Koulfoua in Chad yesterday. However the exact numbers are not clear some news agencies have put the death toll at 19 with 130 people injured. “Three suicide bombers blew themselves up in three different places at…

Chad executes 10 members of Boko Haram

Yesterday, Chad executed 10 members of Boko Haram by firing squad. The Guardian reported that this is the first use of the countries death penalty since they increased their anti-terrorist measures. A judicial source told AFP “they were executed this morning on a shooting ground north of N’Djamena.” The 10…

Boko Haram has a new leader states Chadian president

Boko Haram, the Nigerian based Islamist militant group has declared a new leader, said Chad’s President Idriss Deby. However, there has been no mention as to where or what could have happened to Abubakar Shekau, the previous leader of the group. Mahamat Daoud, who that has not been reported on…

On the path to the African Century

A wide array of literature asserts the growing dominance of Africa in the coming decades. With the continent analogous to images of poverty, conflict and disease, the tides might be changing to a more economically developed Africa. However, the situation may also portend a case of overestimation of its potential….

Hissene Habre trial postponed

Chad’s former President, Hissene Habre, was forcibly brought to court for his second day of his trial for crimes against humanity on Tuesday July 21, 2015. On his first day in court, Monday July 20, Habre was removed from the courtroom after shouting that the trial was “a farce.” When…

Suicide bomber in Chad kills 15 people

Reuters reported that a man dressed in a women’s burqa blew himself up on Saturday July 11 killing 15 people and injuring 80, in Chad’s capital N’Djamena at the main market, a police spokesman said. Chad authorities banned the burqa, a head to toe religious garment worn by women, saying…