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30 Nov 2017 description
report Mail and Guardian

Ali Younes 29 Nov 2017 17:04

Hundreds of African refugees are being bought and sold in “slave markets” across Libya every week, a human trafficker has told Al Jazeera, with many of them held for ransom or forced into prostitution and sexual exploitation to pay their captors and smugglers.

Many of them ended up being murdered by their smugglers in the open desert or die from thirst or car accidents in the vast Libyan desert.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Mail and Guardian

LAUREN CLIFFORD-HOLMES

A refugee camp in Chad has provided temporary sanctuary for thousands of fleeing Nigerians.

“I saw Boko Haram with my own eyes and I saw the bodies. If I think about the corpses, I will cry.”

These are the words of 12-year-old Tahiru Abakhar whose family was attacked by Boko Haram in Baga and again hounded by the Islamist group in other towns until they fled to neighbouring Chad.

31 May 2014 description
report Mail and Guardian

An extraordinary Ecowas security summit has announced plans for a partnership with Central African states to fight "terrorism" in the region.

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) announced plans on Saturday to increase co-operation with Central African states in the battle against “terrorism”, amid fears of Boko Haram’s insurgency spreading across the region.

Nigeria has said repeatedly that it needs more help from its neighbours – including Chad, Cameroon and Niger – to end the brutal five-year insurgency being waged by the Islamist group.