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Police Rescue 232 Victims of Sex Trafficking, Forced Labour

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -The victims included 46 children, who were forced into sex work in hostels and slums or sent to beg at markets and bus stations (AllAfrica)

Multiple Conflicts Interlinked in Worsening Sahel Crisis

[Centre 4s] Nouakchott -On February 24 and 25, the G5 Sahel Summit and the Alliance for the Sahel will be held in Nouakchott, Mauritania. In that context, a reminder and observations may be needed. A number of misunderstandings -- as well as false information -- muddle the Sahel Sahara crisis. That contributes to worsening the crisis and to delaying its resolution. To help understand it, clarification is needed. (AllAfrica)

Millions of Children and Families Struggle As Humanitarian Needs Mount - Unicef

[UN News] Malnutrition, disease, floods, droughts and displacement in Niger have put nearly three million people, more than half of them children, in need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF said on Wednesday, calling for increased attention to their plight. (AllAfrica)

At Least 20 Dead in Aid Distribution Stampede

[The New Humanitarian] Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo -Fifteen women and five children among the casualties in region hosting more than 250,000 displaced people. (AllAfrica)

A Chance for a Democratic Transition of Power

[DW] 2020 will be the last year in office for Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou. Analysts expect the power transition to be peaceful and in accordance with the constitution, despite the regime's authoritarian proclivities. (AllAfrica)

France to increase the number of troops deployed in the Sahel/Sahara strip

[France Diplomatie] PAris -Communiqué by Ms. Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces (Paris - February 2, 2020) (AllAfrica)

UNHCR Saddened By Refugee Deaths in Stampede for Aid in Niger

[UNHCR] UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened by the reports of the deaths of at least 20 people, among them women and infants, during a stampede for food and cash in Niger's Diffa region on Sunday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria Plan Cheaper Power Tariff for Niger Republic

[This Day] Abuja -Nigeria plans to send cheaper electricity to its West African neighbour, Niger Republic, the Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, has disclosed. (AllAfrica)

UNHCR Stepping Up Response to Escalating Violence and Displacement in the Sahel Region

[UNHCR] The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, wrapped up in Burkina Faso a three-nation visit to the Sahel region, and expressed his alarm about the rapidly deteriorating situation across the region, where escalating insecurity has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes. (AllAfrica)

Charcoal Anthrax Outbreak in Niger

[Daily Trust] The outbreak of charcoal anthrax in Niger Republic is sad news and a setback to the livestock sector in the West African sub-region. An initial report from the Nigerien Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to the World Health Organisation for Animal Health indicated that, as at September 23, more than 20 cows had been killed by the bacteria, while as many as 100 more had been infected. In view of ECOWAS free movement, which has also facilitated the cattle grazing and trading in the sub-region, the charcoa (AllAfrica)

Niger - At the Crossroads of Migration

[MSF] War. Civil unrest. Persecution. Extreme poverty. Seasonal trade. People are driven from their homes for many reasons, but they share a common objective: a safe and dignified future. There are now more than 70 million people displaced worldwide--more than at any time in modern history--and thousands pass through the desert region of Agadez, in central Niger, on their journey. (AllAfrica)

Three African Countries Halt Polio Outbreaks

[WHO] Brazzaville -Kenya, Mozambique and Niger have curbed polio outbreaks that erupted in different episodes over the past 24 months, allowing them to regain their polio-free status, World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. (AllAfrica)

Niger At the Crossroads of Migration

[MSF] War. Civil unrest. Persecution. Extreme poverty. Seasonal trade. Human beings can be driven out of their homes for multiple reasons, but they usually have a common objective: to find a safe and dignified future. Thousands of people on their journey to find safety transit through the region of Agadez, in central Niger, along the way: directly from their places of origin, expelled from Algeria, returning from Libya or moving internally within Niger. (AllAfrica)

Sudanese Refugees Protest Against Long Neglect in Niger

[Radio Dabanga] Agadez -On Monday, hundreds of Sudanese refugees marched 18 kilometres from Agadez in Niger to the headquarters of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in protest against the deteriorating humanitarian aid and health conditions and the slow pace of resettlement procedures. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria Warns Togo and Niger of Power Cuts

[East African] Nigeria has threatened to cut electricity supply to neighbours Togo and Niger over a $16 million debt as the country's power utilities grapple with capital deficits. (AllAfrica)

Attack On Military Camp Kills Dozens of Soldiers

[Deutsche Welle] Suspected Islamist militants have killed more than 70 soldiers in an attack on a remote military post in western Niger. It was the deadliest assault on the West African country's military in recent history. (AllAfrica)

Jihadists Kill 71 Soldiers in Mass Attack in Niger

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Inates/Niger -Islamist militants killed 71 soldiers in an attack on a remote military camp in Niger near the border with Mali, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, in the deadliest raid against the Nigerien military in living memory. (AllAfrica)

67 Soldiers Killed in Niger Republic Terror Attack - Buhari

[Premium Times] A terror attack in Niger Republic has led to the death of 67 soldiers, Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has said. (AllAfrica)

Buhari Condemns Killing of 67 Soldiers By Militants in Niger Republic

[This Day] President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the terrorist attack in Inates, western region of Niger Republic, near the Mali border, which resulted in the killing of 67 military personnel, with 34 people still unaccounted. (AllAfrica)

Is Organised Crime Fuelling Terror Groups in Liptako-Gourma?

[ISS] Illicit activities such as weapon, drug, motorcycle and fuel trafficking, cattle rustling, artisanal gold mining and poaching are at the heart of terror groups' survival. These activities also finance their establishment and expansion. (AllAfrica)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Open Office in Niger

[OHCHR] Geneva/Niamey -The agreement was finalized after it was signed on 9 December in Niamey by Niger's Minister of Justice, Marou Amadou, following the earlier signature by High Commissioner Bachelet in Geneva on 28 November. (AllAfrica)

In 20 Years, Will Five Arid Nations Be a Sahelistan or a Desert Rose?

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Five countries in west Africa's Sahel region -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger -- are facing crises across multiple fronts, including the accelerated impact of climate change, rapid population growth and extreme poverty. As these challenges intensify, international attention has refocused on the conflicts that accompany those challenges. In Mali in November, over 50 soldiers were killed in a bold attack on a military base and 13 French troops died in a helicopter crash suppor (AllAfrica)

Macron Demands Answers From Sahel Presidents on French Troops

[RFI] President Emmanuel Macron announced that he invited the presidents of the five countries of the region on December 16th to Pau in the south of France. His objective: that they clarify their position on the French presence at a time when anti-French sentiment is growing in several Sahelian countries. (AllAfrica)

How a Tiny Wasp is Fighting a Crop-Munching Worm

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Borgo Beri, Niger -As millet-destroying worm thrives in drier conditions, farmers learn how to breed wasps that can control the pest damaging their food supplies and incomes (AllAfrica)

Saving 10K - Empowering Nigerian Mothers With Local Options For Child Nutrition

[Nigeria Health Watch] Six months have passed, the journey is finally over! You have managed to exclusively breastfeed your baby as recommended by all the health experts and you're a hero! Now you can rest. Or so you think, until you suddenly realise that you now need to understand your baby's nutritional needs, now that they may not be exclusively breastfed. What complementary foods should a baby be weaned between the age of 6 months to two years? You may have no idea. This information should have been given during (AllAfrica)

Internet Connectivity Aids Response to Boko Haram Crisis

[CAJ News] Maiduguri -A GLOBAL global network of organisations working together to provide shared communications services in humanitarian emergencies, has provided internet connectivity services to over 4 000 aid workers in northeastern Nigeria this year. (AllAfrica)

U.S.-Constructed Air Base Begins Operations

[VOA] The new U.S.-constructed air base in Agadez, Niger, is now fully operational, carrying out its first unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights this week, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) told VOA Friday. (AllAfrica)

Shock Finding - What African Women Say About Wife-Beating

[Afrobarometer] Accra -About one in four African women - and even more African men - say wife-beating is at least sometimes justified, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey. In some countries, up to seven in 10 citizens endorse domestic violence. (AllAfrica)

Niger in the Hot Seat At the UN Security Council

[ISS] Niger will serve on the United Nations (UN) Security Council from January 2020 for a two-year term as a non-permanent member, alongside two other African countries - South Africa and Tunisia. Niger is perceived by international actors as a strategic partner and a key state in the stabilisation of the Sahel region. The country will take its seat with strong legitimacy, having been elected by 191 out of 193 votes in June. (AllAfrica)

Expanding Sahara Leaves Broken Families and Violence in Its Wake

[IPS] Bamako, Mali/Cotonou, Benin -Abdoulaye Maiga proudly displays an album showing photos of him and his family during happier times when they all lived together in their home in northern Mali. Today, these memories seem distant and painful. (AllAfrica)

We Are Paying a Heavy Price for What's Happening in Libya - President Issoufou

[allAfrica] Rhodes -The security threat to the Sahel region has been amplified by the Libyan crisis, said the President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou. In his forthright assessment of the conflict, Issoufou said it seems the world has turned its back on countries that are dealing with the fallout of the crisis. (AllAfrica)