West Africa

West African countries on alert for child labour spike due to coronavirus

More than 2 million children work in the cocoa sector in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Some children work for their parents while others are trafficked from abroad. Ivory Coast and Ghana should be on alert for a spike in child labour due to the coronavirus, experts said, with schools closed and monitors unable to access…

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West Africa must confront its foreign terrorist fighters

By Adja Khadidiatou Faye One year ago, 13 Senegalese nationals were convicted for acts of terrorism by criminal association. Twelve of them had joined Boko Haram in Nigeria. The 13th joined Katiba al-Furqane, a branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali. Why do nationals from West African countries leave to join terrorist groups in…

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German’s Chancellor, Merkel kicks off West Africa tour pledging to support fight against terrorism

Boosting counter-terrorism support for countries in West Africa has become one of Angela Merkel’s main priorities on the continent. The chancellor has now pledged millions to improve security in the Sahel region. German Chancellor Angela Merkel started her tour of West Africa on Wednesday, a trip that will see her visit Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger…

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ISIS defeated — but in West Africa, extremism gets worse

Siobhan O’Grady and Danielle Paquette Days after President Trump declared the Islamic State’s caliphate had been eliminated in Syria, the prime minister ofone of West Africa’s most turbulent nations urged the United States to shift attention to a rising extremist threat in the Sahel. Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga visited Washington this week to ask…

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Record cocaine busts signal West Africa is transit hub again

Alonso Soto Record cocaine busts in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde have fueled fears of a resurgence of drug trafficking in West Africa that’s likely to benefit Islamist militant groups in the region. Authorities in the two former Portuguese colonies have intercepted as much as 10.4 metric tons of cocaine this year, more than the total…

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