1. Niger (51,6 births per 1000 people)│ 2. Mali (49,2)│ 3. Uganda (47,8)│ 4. Afghanistan (45,5)│ 5. Sierra Leone (44,7)│ Source: UNICEF
The attack on US troops in Niger that left four soldiers dead earlier this month has triggered a broader discussion about Washington's military engagement in Africa and the public's knowledge about it.
Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou has been inaugurated for a second five-year term after polls boycotted by the opposition. Despite the country's uranium and oil wealth, three-quarters of Nigeriens live in poverty.
President Issoufou's first term has not impressed most Nigeriens. They are unhappy with the continued presence of foreign military bases in the country and his failure to fulfill his promises.
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