Welcome to the April issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political vio-lence in Africa in realtime. Monthly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.
This month, we profile conflict in Central Africa and the Great Lakes Region twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda; rising conflict levels in Madagascar; on-going tensions in South Sudan; and escalation in neighbouring Sudan
Elsewhere on the continent, violence levels in-creased in Somalia and Algeria, while civil unrest is growing in Namibia. There are also warning signs of a return to heightened levels of violence in Egypt and in Burundi, with attacks on opposi-tion forces and regime opponents in both coun-tries. While conflict in DR-Congo has fallen slightly in the past month, it remains a centre of regional unrest, as this month’s profile will highlight.