Welcome to the June 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 civilian-targeted violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the continued encroachment of Islamic State (IS) affil- iate groups in Libya, xenophobic violence in South Africa, violent Islamist-related activity in Tanza- nia, LRA and ADF patterns of activity in Uganda and the surrounding Central African region and political factionalism and electoral violence in Zimbabwe. A special focus topic explores ma- chine, human and crowdsourcing practices of conflict data collection.
Elsewhere on the continent, Burundi experienced unprecedented levels of riots and protests in re- action to President Nkurunziza’s third term bid, territorial clashes between the SPLA and rebel forces continued in South Sudan and conflict lev- els declined for a second month in Nigeria.