Maat: More than 800 victims of terrorism in Africa in July 2021
Okil: Political disputes is the chief reason behind the outbreak of terrorism and they must be effectively managed
Basant Essam: The South African government must obliterate the apartheid culture that swept the country
Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights has issued its monthly report entitled “Terrorist Operations in Africa” on the most prominent terrorist operations and the counter-terrorism efforts in Africa during July 2021 to track down terrorist groups and concluded it with recommendations and estimations for the current and future security situation in Africa.
The report discussed the details of the most prominent operations that took place in July 2021, which reached about 38 bloody attacks and accidents, resulting in the death of about 822 people, as well as the injury and kidnapping of hundreds others, according to the published information.
Furthermore, the report showed that South Africa was the worst region affected by turmoil and unrest, with 337 victims. As for the number of terrorist operations, Nigeria came at the forefront of the countries that were attacked by the Boko Haram group, with at least 70 victims over the past month.
Commenting on the report, Ayman Okeil, President of Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights, stated that the pace of terrorist operations, in particular, and violence, in general, in the African continent is remarkably accelerating. He added that the failure to manage political problems and crises is the main reason behind the outbreak of terrorism that marked not only this month, but also the whole year. Okeil stressed that the countries that witnessed an escalation of terrorism last July urgently need to promote the culture of dialogue in order to stop the bloody clashes and political disputes and to effectively manage them.
On her part, Basant Essam El-Din, a researcher at the African Affairs and Sustainable Development Unit at Maat denounced the recent escalation of violence in South Africa, which topped the list of the deadliest countries this month due to a complex political crisis. The researcher reiterated her recommendations made to the South African government to take all necessary measures to obliterate the culture of apartheid and the practices resulting from it, and to put human rights on the government's priority list in the coming period.
Notably, Africa is among the issues of concern to Maat for Peace, Development and Human rights, being a member of the General Assembly for the Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the Africa Union (AU). Moreover, Maat serves as an Observer in The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) and as a Northern African Coordinator in the major Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Africa of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).