The Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Sierra Leone Civil War was an armed conflict in the West African country of Sierra Leone from 1991–2002. The war began on March 23, 1991, when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) under Foday Sankoh, with support of Liberian rebel leader … Read MoreThe Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002)

First Liberian Civil War (1989–1996)

Charles Taylor and His Followers, August 1990 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The First Liberian Civil War was one of Africa’s bloodiest civil conflicts in the post-independence era. The war claimed more than two hundred thousand Liberian lives in a nation of 2.1 million people and … Read MoreFirst Liberian Civil War (1989–1996)

Ethiopian-Somali War Over the Ogaden Region (1977–1978)

Somali Tanks Entering Ethiopia at the Start of the Ethiopian-Somali War, 1977-1978 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" In 1977 Ethiopia and Somalia engaged in a brief territory conflict over the Ogaden region situated between and claimed by both nations. This conflict however held significance greater than … Read MoreEthiopian-Somali War Over the Ogaden Region (1977–1978)

The Second Italo-Abyssinian War (1935–1936)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Second Italo-Abyssinian War was Italy’s conquest of Ethiopia, a process it began after the 1885 Partition of Africa. Italy was defeated in its first attempt at conquest at the battle of Adwa in 1896, allowing Ethiopia to become the only … Read MoreThe Second Italo-Abyssinian War (1935–1936)

Battle of Waterberg (1904)

Herero Attack at Okahandja, German South-West Africa, 1903 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Battle of Waterberg on August 11, 1904 in German South-West Africa (Namibia), triggered the annihilation decree by German military of the Herero people, the indigenous nomadic inhabitants of the area.  An estimated … Read MoreBattle of Waterberg (1904)

Reggae Sunsplash (1978-1996)

Reggae Sunsplash Poster, 1979 “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Reggae Sunsplash, founded in 1978 to promote a slow summer tourist season in Jamaica, was the first Caribbean music festival to introduce reggae to a global audience. The idea of the festival originated with a group of … Read MoreReggae Sunsplash (1978-1996)

The Brazzaville Conference, 1944

Félix Éboué and Charles DeGaulle at Brazzaville, 1944 Image Ownership: Public Domain The Brazzaville Conference was organized during the Second World War and took place in Brazzaville, the capital city of the colony of French Equatorial Africa from January 30 to February 8, 1944.  The … Read MoreThe Brazzaville Conference, 1944

Nottingham Riots (1958)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" On the 23rd of August 1958, the country’s “forgotten” race riot unfolded on the streets of Nottingham, England. This culmination of simmering tension, sparked finally over opposition to interracial romance, was a pre-cursor to the mass violence that followed a week … Read MoreNottingham Riots (1958)