Current Institutional Affiliation
Program Officer, History and International Relations, The Muntu Institute

Delmas Tsafack is a researcher in history and international relations and a program officer at the Muntu Institute, African Humanities and Social Sciences, Yaounde, Cameroon. His research interests include the history and foreign policy of Equatorial Guinea, foreign policy of small states, regional integration, and international relations. He has participated in dozens of international conferences and is a member of several scientific organizations as the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), the Cameroon History Society (CHS), and the International Political Science Association (IPSA). He has extensively researched and published articles on Equatorial Guinea.

Award Information

African Peacebuilding Network: Individual Research Fellowships 2017
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Department of History
Violence and Crime in Equatorial Guinea

This research proposal has the ambition to enlighten the opinion on one of the forgotten genocide and hidden part of the history of political oppression in Equatorial Guinea. It wants to research on political violence, crime and genocide caused to the population of Equatorial Guinea by state actors from 1968 to date. We will conduct an archival research to make known the number or the approximate number of people killed or tortured by Macías Nguéma and Obiang Nguéma and to know why and how they do this. We want to answer the following main question: why and how has the government institutionalized violence, crime and mass killing in Equatorial Guinea since 1968? Within a wide range of social sciences disciplines, scholars such as Max Liniger-Goumaz, Alejandro Artucio, Alejandra Mahiques Nunez, Cynthia Caden, Carrión-Mège Yamily and I have focused on the dictatorial regime of Macías Nguema. However, none of these works have addressed the central question of institutionalized violence in a deep manner in Equatorial Guinea. Despite researchers have published excellent work on the dictatorship of Macías Nguéma in Equatorial Guinea they did not emphasize on the causes, the factors and the intensity of violence and statistics of killed people. The history of institutionalized violence and crime in Equatorial Guinea is not yet revealed and is unrecognized by many social scientists. Yet, without such an understanding, we are left with an inadequate analysis that do not allow us to know about state's mass atrocities in post-colonial Africa in general and especially in Equatorial Guinea.