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11 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17.

DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 11 2018 (IPS) - Hope, smiles and new vitality seem to be returning slowly but surely in various parts of the Sahel region, where the mighty Sahara Desert has all but ‘eaten’ and degraded huge parts of landscapes, destroying livelihoods and subjecting many communities to extreme poverty.

10 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

GAROUA, CAMEROON — Cameroon says its northern border with Nigeria and Chad and most of the Lake Chad basin face a food crisis because of desertification and the Boko Haram conflict that stopped farmers from doing their work.

19 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA, Jan 19 2018 (IOM) - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

20 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

December 20, 2017 1:37 PM
Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Scientists warn a campaign to eradicate polio in central Africa is falling short because of upheaval in the Lake Chad Basin area, where the Boko Haram militant group remains active. On the positive side, on country – Gabon - has been declared polio-free.

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.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

12 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Salihu Garba
Haruna Dauda

Three years ago, at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency, Nigerian soldiers stopped all fishing activities in the country's section of Lake Chad. Militants had infiltrated the ranks of the fishermen, the army said, and were using the guise to fund arms purchases and launch surprise attacks on innocent people.

The local fishermen's union said it understood the army's actions but pushed for an easing of the ban, because its members had no other way to earn a living in the largely dry and remote area.

31 Jan 2017 description
report The Guardian

UN assistant secretary general Toby Lanzer says urgent aid to help stabilise communities in the Lake Chad region is also in Europe’s broader interests.

The humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria has implications that Europe can ill afford to ignore, according to a top UN official. Nigeria was the third largest source of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in 2016.

Read more on The Guardian

28 Dec 2016 description

Fighters arrived in remote desert town of Diffa in groups and were being held by local authorities

(Adds interior minister's statement later)

NIAMEY, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Dozens of Boko Haram fighters have given themselves up to authorities in southern Niger, the interior minister said, days after the Islamist group suffered key losses over the border in Nigeria.

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28 Sep 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

by Lucas Destrijcker

Refugees in the southeastern region of Niger say they no longer fear Boko Haram, but their problems are far from over.

Diffa, Niger - As Nigerian forces have progressed against Boko Haram, the cornered terror group has been carrying out more attacks in neighbouring countries. In Niger's Diffa region on the northeastern border of Nigeria, more than 280,000 people have been displaced.

18 Sep 2016 description

Nine million people urgently need aid in northeast Nigeria, as political violence and mass migration caused humanitarian crisis

  • Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria since 2009

  • Mass migration towards Europe adds to problems

  • U.N. appeals to donor countries for $559 million

By Helen Reid

30 Jun 2016 description
report The Guardian

The male recovery ward in the hospital is all in blue: blue sheets, pillows, curtains. Outside, the temperature hovers around 40 degrees: inside, large fans keep the air moving. All the beds are occupied by adults – except one. Eight-year-old Abba is the exception.

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28 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Cameroon's military said Saturday that its forces had freed several hundred hostages and killed about 100 Boko Haram militants in a joint operation with Nigerian troops.

Military commanders said the combined force also had liberated the northeastern Nigerian town of Kumahe, near the Cameroonian border, during a three-day operation against the militant group.

The Reuters news agency quoted Cameroonian Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary as saying two Cameroon soldiers had been killed and five others wounded.

24 Dec 2015 description
  • Five killed in attack on Niger's border town

  • Two killed in Cameroon bombing

  • Three suicide blasts reported on Chad island

  • More than 2 million displaced in fragile region

By Madjiasra Nako and Abdoulaye Massalaki

N'DJAMENA/NIAMEY, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants launched four attacks over 24 hours on villages in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, killing at least seven people, security and administrative sources said on Wednesday.

15 Oct 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

Author Elizabeth Bryant, Paris

Ahead of December's climate change conference, experts have warned about the effects of climate change on world security - and how fighting global warming can help foster peace. Elizabeth Bryant reports from Paris.

15 Oct 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Wed, 14 Oct 2015 23:25 GMT

Author: Reuters

NIAMEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Niger imposed a state of emergency on the southeastern region of Diffa on Wednesday where at least 40 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks blamed on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Read more on AlertNet.

10 Sep 2015 description
report Voice of America

GENEVA— The World Food Program (WFP) says it is scaling up aid for hundreds of thousands of hungry people, many severely malnourished, who have fled to Chad, Niger and Cameroon to escape attacks by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria.

According to the WFP, nearly three quarters of a million people in countries bordering Nigeria are facing a worsening food crisis linked to increased violence by Boko Haram militants.

WFP spokeswoman Bettina Luescher told VOA that recent attacks have led to a sudden surge of internally displaced people and refugees.

26 Jun 2015 description

An estimated one-third of government spending goes towards Chad's vaunted army, a dependable regional policeman and the pride of the people. But a taste of stability, and oil money, has Chadians wanting more.

By Ariel Zirulnick
JUNE 26, 2015

N'DJAMENA, CHAD — When asked why Chad has taken such an assertive role in its neighborhood, Moussa Dago gets up from his office chair and walks over to an enormous map of Africa, his elegant white jalabiya wishing as he moves.

23 Jun 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:42 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Daniel Flynn

DAKAR, June 23 (Reuters) - The detention for several months of 84 children in Cameroon has highlighted concern that the regional campaign against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram is leading to rights abuses.

Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

17 Feb 2015 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE— Central African leaders on Monday called for creation of a special fund to help countries affected by Boko Haram.

Meeting in Cameroon’s capital, leaders discussed details of the regional force being deployed to combat the Nigerian insurgents, who have extended attacks to Niger, Cameroon and Chad.