The Republic of Niger is the largest country in West Africa, named after the Niger River. Over 80 percent of its land is covered by the Sahara Desert.
The former French colony acquired its freedom in 1960 and is still one of the world's poorest countries. It was ranked last at 187th in the United Nations' Human Development Index in 2013.
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The US president is alleged to have told the wife of a soldier killed in action in Niger that her husband "knew what he signed up for." The soldier's mother said she was present when Trump made the "insensitive" remarks.
The Niger Delta is home to thousands of illegal small-scale oil refineries, seen as a danger to both the environment and the local population. But a recent military crackdown on thousands of refineries in the southern swamps has raised tensions.
Idi Sarki and Majesty Soul are rappers from Niger. The two have joined forces to produce rap songs critical of their country's government and civil society groups. And, their music is gaining traction, not only in Niger but across Africa and the world. Abu-Bakaar Jalloh presents this report by Mouhamadou Awal Balarabe.