Welcome to the February issue of the Armed Con- flict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Con- flict Trends report. Each month, ACLED research- ers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly 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’s issue focuses on heightened protest activity in Algeria against the government’s pro- posal to extract shale gas, clashes between Boko Haram and the Cameroon military, Central African Republic, violence surrounding the 25th January uprising anniversary in Egypt, volatile activity by Al Shabaab in Somalia, and South Sudan. A special focus topic reviews types and scales of sources in conflict monitoring.
Elsewhere on the continent, the intensity of con- flict escalated in Nigeria with a dramatic rise in fatalities following deadly attacks by Boko Haram militants in Borno State, while events dropped in Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in Libya, after a partial ceasefire was agreed between war- ring militia groups.