Policemen in the Musaga neighbourhood of Bujumbura during a demonstration against the Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Rwandan president Paul Kagame implored neighbouring Burundi to avoid the ethnic violence that ended in genocide in his country in 1994, in an emotiona(...)

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a shift that has taken place slowly and without fanfare, but in the past 50 years the worst types of famine have become dramatically less frequen(...)

Jean Acheson: the Rwandan government decided to keep its borders open and to prepare camps for refugees

Rwanda, where I have lived since 2013, when I moved here to become an economist at its ministry of finance, is a tiny country, about the size of Mu(...)

Migrants walk in the direction of the Eurotunnel terminal  near Calais, northern France. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

When several thousand Irish construction workers were involved in building the Channel Tunnel more than 25 years ago, tabloid newspapers reported o(...)

US president Barack Obama with African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (right) arrives to speak about security and economic issues and US-Africa relations at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George W(...)

Barack Obama laughs during a visit to Addis Ababa on Tuesday: “I’m looking forward to life after being president. I can spend time with my family . . . I can find other ways to serve. I can visit Africa more often.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

President Barack Obama claimed on Tuesday that he could win a third term if allowed by the American constitution, but said he was looking forward to l(...)

Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term had plunged Burundi into its biggest crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Photograph: Evrard Benjamin/Reuters

Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza on Friday won a third-term in office after the opposition boycotted the vote, a victory that leaves the east Af(...)

A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)

Burundi soldiers march at the entrance of the Prince Rwagasore Stadium in Bujumbura during the celebrations of the Country 53rd Independence Anniversary on July 1st. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Burundi on Sunday rejected a second United Nations diplomat named to help resolve the country’s political crisis, saying a critical report about last (...)

A Somali soldier in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which sustained two militant attacks in past week. The latest  attack in Leego came as residents gathered for morning prayers. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty

Al-Shabaab militants battled with African Union (AU) troops in Somalia on Friday after exploding a car bomb at a peacekeepers’ base south of Mogadishu(...)