Twitter list for conflicts in Africa
The best way to keep updated on the conflicts in Africa is actually through social media, which is why I have compiled a list of several Twitter accounts worth following. Often we see that breaking news are quicker to be on Twitter than in an online newspapers, simply because it is easier to chuck out a maximum of 140 letters than a 400-500 word long news article.
- Africa 24 Media: Africa 24 Media’s focus is to give Africa a voice through making documentaries, features, series programs and photography. The content on their webpage is available for everyone.
- Think Africa Press: Think Africa Press covers story’s that are not globally covered. They have journalists in Africa as well as international experts. This news page offers a more in depth analysis of current issues in Africa.
- Africa Review: Africa review provides a critical insider perspective on African news. It is also a place where you can share your opinions on events happening in Africa and also read other opinions. Although it is supported by Kenyan “Nation Media Group“, they cover news stories from the whole continent.
- Louise Redvers: Louise is a former Africa correspondent for BBC. She has worked five years in Africa, but is now working in the Middle East. Even though she is no longer in Africa I still think she is worth following because of her knowledge and interest in Africa that we can see from her tweets.
- African Union Peace: African Union Peace, as their name says, works to promote peace, security and sustainability in Africa. Their Twitter account keeps us updated on their latest efforts in conflict resolution and peacekeeping.
- Louise Mushikiwabo: Louise is the Minster of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rwanda. During months of April, Rwanda has presidency in UNSC, where they will be focusing on “Prevention of conflict in Africa: addressing the root causes”. Louise is one of the central persons in this debate, so she is the right person to follow to keep track of what is happening at UNSC this month.
- Invisible Children: Invisible children is a really good source for keeping updated on the charity work “Invisible children” do in Central Africa. This charity created one of the most watched videos on YouTube through all time, Kony 2012. A video that informed the audience about the atrocities being committed by Joseph Kony and his rebel group the LRA. They are working towards arresting Joseph Kony and getting him on trial in the international criminal court.
- Andrew Harding: Andrew has been BBC’s foreign correspondent in Africa since 2009. He covers all kinds of news in Africa and has several tweets sharing his insight on ongoing conflicts. I would encourage you to have a look at the lists he follows, especially the one called “Newsday Africa”.
- APO: African press organisation is a very good media release resource for journalists and others interested. They are the leading press release organisation in Africa. APO offers advice and information on strategy, public diplomacy, government relations and event promotion.
- Ginny Stein: Ginny is ABC Africa‘s correspondent, she is based in Kenya. During her career she has won three Walkley awards, her second award was for her episode on “Rwanda – questions of murder”. Her Twitter feed does not only consist of her articles, but also interesting retweets related to African news.
- Reuters Africa: Reuters is an internationally recognised newsagency. Part of why they are so recognised is because of their focus on objectivity in their articles. Therefore I think Reuters Africa is a really good source to follow, because then you know the information you get is accurate and objective.
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