New historiographical approaches to the reign of LÏjj Iyasu (1910-1916)

Sara Marzagora, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. The last year in Ethiopia has seen a resurgence of regional and political conflicts. Triggered in November 2015 by the government’s proposal of a new master plan for Addis Ababa, protests soon spread across the country. The demonstrators denounced youth unemployment, economic inequality, […]

Gone with the wind?

Zoe Cormack and Abdikadir Kurewa Based on their fieldwork (April-May 2016) at the site of Lake Turkana Wind Power, Zoe Cormack and Abdikadir Kurewa discuss the reasons for local tensions around the project – and why the past is important for understanding the social impact of infrastructure developments. The largest wind farm in Africa is […]

Digging for Support: Mbabazi, Mutesa II, and the Posthumous Renaissance of Idi Amin

Thomas Lowman During the 2016 election campaign in Uganda, presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi made some waves with a promise to return the remains of former President Idi Amin to his home district of West Nile. Uganda’s former dictator is currently buried in Saudi Arabia, where he spent his final years in exile after fleeing the […]

2017 Sudan Archive Visiting Library Fellowship: Martin Ochaya Lino Agwella

Martin Ochaya has been awarded the inaugural Sudan Archive Visiting Library Fellowship for Easter 2017. Martin, a South Sudanese Roman Catholic priest, holds degrees in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Theology, and a diploma in counselling; he was awarded a Masters Degree in African Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Bradford, where he is […]

Policing the Somali Presence in Kenya: Dadaab and Beyond

Emma Lochery In early May 2016, Kenya’s government announced the closure of Dadaab refugee camp complex, located around 100 kilometres from the Somali border and home to over 300,000 people. Government statements framed Dadaab as a space where Al Shabaab operates with ‘an alarming degree of freedom’. Officials claimed Kenya was facing an ‘existential terrorist […]