Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world. Despite this, tens of thousands of migrants make their way to Niger every year. Some are fleeing Islamic terror groups in neighboring countries, while others want to get to Libya and Europe.
Heads of state from West Africa and France will gather in the French town of Pau to find new strategies against jihadists in the Sahel. But resistance to the presence of French troops in the African region is growing.
The security situation in Africa's Sahel is deteriorating, with terrorism threatening both soldiers and civilians, according to Germany’s Defense Ministry. The UN's peacekeeping mission has thus far proven ineffective.
The EU has delivered only three-quarters of a two-year program due to be completed by the end of October. Among those left in limbo are people evacuated from Libya on a promise of resettlement in Europe.
Abdallah Hidou, better known as Malohiya, is awaiting trial on charges of trafficking migrants to Italy from Niger. His arrest was the result of a joint African and European police investigation.
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