COVID-19 (coronavirus) has disrupted every facet and fabric of our global society. In the course of this global crisis, it is important to shed light on some of the most vulnerable groups whose livelihoods stand to suffer and who are susceptible to greater risk of exposure. One such group is international migrants.

In this episode of  African Security Talk, we discussed the security implications of COVID-19 on international migrants and policymakers across the world are respond this crisis.

Samu Ngwenya and Gary Sipeng Xie joined Lukmon Akintola to discuss this salient issue.

As we all know, the global pandemic, COVID’19 has been on rampage, with over 1.8million confirmed cases across the world and above 114,000 death recorded. Africa currently has over 10,000 confirmed cases, with about 534 death tolls. While the number of confirmed cases in Africa is relatively low, there are great concerns about the socio-economic impact of this virus. A new McKinsey report revealed that African countries will loss about 3-8% of their GDPs in 2020 to this pandemic.

Beyond economic implications, however, there are palpable fears that security concerns might be heightened in the continent. Evidently, food insecurity is likely to heightened, crimes in local communities are likely to increase due to economic hardship imposed by this virus. Specifically, terrorism as well as transnational crimes might be another fallout of COVID’19 in Africa, especially some hot spot regions like the Sahel region.

On the first episode of African Security Talk, Abdou Rahim Lema joins Lukmon Akintola to discuss the growing trend of insecurity in the continent and how policymakers should not loss sight of these security challenges while combating the pandemic.

Kindly read more about Abdou Rahim Lema here 

Recent trends of events have shown that COVID-19 has posed severe socio-economic implications in Africa. Specifically, we are seeing an increasing spate of both traditional and non-traditional security challenges in our local communities. Armed robbery, cultism, domestic violence, sexual assault, acute hunger and police brutality – are among numerous security challenges local communities in some African countries are facing during this troubling time.

In this episode of African Security Talk, Gbenga Isaac Oni joins Lukmon Akintola to analyse the nexus between COVID-19 and non-traditional security challenges in Africa.

Kindly read more about Gbenga Isaac Oni here

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