Twelve million people need food aid after rains failed for the second consecutive year across the Horn of Africa region. Anne Mawathe of the BBC African Service reports from Kenya, after visiting a camp on the Somalian border.
Djibouti was once known for little more than French legionnaires, atrocious heat and the sordid nightlife of its seaside capital. Nowadays it’s viewed as offering some of the most prime military real estate on the planet.
The Asian giant is opening its first overseas military base, in Djibouti. Pay attention to this theme: China’s future foreign military bases will almost certainly begin as appendages to commercial ports.
The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, where their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements, including al-Shabab in Somalia, ISIS affiliates in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Djibouti was once just a patch of desert in the Horn of Africa. Now, global militaries are hankering for a strategic position at its junction between Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. Locals don't always see what's so great about hosting the world's superpower enemies.
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