Welcome to the May 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. 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 the declining activi- ty of Boko Haram in Nigeria, escalating protests in Burundi, an overview of an ACLED working paper on shifting forms and spatial distribution of pro- test activity in North Africa, an analysis of the neutrality and impartiality doctrine in UN Peace- keeping Missions, cycles of protest and Islamist militancy in Tunisia. A special focus topic explores calculating the risk of conflict-related mortality using micromorts.
Elsewhere on the continent, April saw a spike in xenophobic violence and reactionary protests in South Africa, clashes continued in the Demo- cratic Republic of Congo between FARDC soldiers and ADF rebels and intense fighting south of Trip- oli thretened to derail UN reconciliation in Libya.