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Foreign bases in Africa I Sudan floods

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 21 September 2020

 

Security operations by foreign countries are widespread on the African continent. Currently, there are foreign military bases in countries like Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mozambique. These bases, which are governed by bilateral agreements, have been set up despite the African Union’s concerns about the growing number of foreign troops on the continent. Countries deploy troops to Africa for a variety of reasons ranging from diplomatic to peace, security, and commercial interests. But as Theo Neethling points out, despite the concerns of the AU Peace and Security Council about foreign military involvement, the continent’s approach to the issue remains disjointed.

Meanwhile, Sudan is currently grappling with devastating floods which are some of the worst in the country’s history. Floods frequently happen in the country as heavy rains can cause the mighty Nile River – and its two main tributaries – to break their banks. But they don’t always need to be so catastrophic. Abdelrahim Salih explains that more needs to be done when it comes to monitoring potential floods and more attention paid to infrastructure planning.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

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