Peacekeeping deaths | Greta Thunberg

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 02 October 2019


Editor's note

Up until now, the tally of deaths and injuries suffered in the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia have varied wildly depending on the source. This is partly because the AU leaves it to individual countries to release information. But thanks to newly published AU financial statements, and other data, Paul D. Williams has worked out the most plausible casualty numbers between March 2007 and December 2018.

Elsewhere, Greta Thunberg has become one of the most famous people in the world. The young environmental activist from Sweden has mobilized millions around the globe to push political leaders to do more to address the climate crisis. Simon Dalby looks at the blunt but effective language Thunberg uses and why her messaging irks conservatives.

Julius Maina

Regional Editor East Africa

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Kenyan soldiers at a prayer service in 2016 to honour compatriots killed in an attack on their Somali base by Al-Shabaab militants. EPA/Daniel Irungu

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Justin Trudeau speaks to Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Montreal on Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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