Today the vast Sahel region, lying between North and sub-Saharan Africa, is characterised by general poverty, lawlessness and the presence of terrorist groups. But it once formed one of the world’s busiest and wealthiest trading routes. Can the fortunes of this region be revived and restored to their long-lost glory? Report by Tom Collins.
2018/08/06- Across much of West Africa a trend has developed. As the Atlantic Ocean feeds the economic powerhouses on the coast, the Sahara has given way to instability, contraband and disrepair. This wasn’t always the case. In fact the very opposite was true.
Transit routes criss-crossing the desert connected once-powerful cities like Timbuktu, Gao, Djenné, and Kano with North Africa and the Middle East. Goods like gold, salt, cotton, leather and ostrich feathers were transported and traded in large caravans and it was the interior that flourished. Continuer à lire … « Can the Sahel recapture its lost glory? #Mali »
2018/07/21 – Armed U.S. drone flights over Niger — which started after four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in October — have put a scare into local militants, the country’s top defense official said.
Earlier this year, U.S. Africa Command quietly began armed unmanned surveillance flights in Niger, adding more firepower in the country where the Oct. 4 attack on a team of Green Berets raised questions about whether troops were carrying out dangerous missions without sufficient backup. Continuer à lire … « Armed US drones up and running in Niger »
2018/07/12 – Des experts en provenance des pays de l’Afrique de l’ouest et du centre examinent depuis mardi à Lomé, la capitale togolaise, une approche commune pour ces deux régions concernant la paix, la sécurité, la stabilité, ainsi que la lutte contre le terrorisme, la radicalisation et l’extrémisme violent. Continuer à lire … « Togo/Afrique de l’ouest et du centre : Des experts examinent les questions de sécurité et stabilité #Lomé »
2018/07/10 – As the Sahel region experiences its worst food and nutrition crisis in five years and continued insecurity, the Commission has announced a humanitarian aid package worth €191.3 million. Continuer à lire … « EU mobilises over €191 million in humanitarian aid for Africa’s Sahel countries #Mali »
2018/06/24 – Barring unforeseen circumstances, President Muhammadu Buhari, and his Nigerien counterpart, Mahamadou Issoufou will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the planned 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery to be located on Katsina border with Niger. Continuer à lire … « Niger-Nigeria : Buhari, Issoufou to sign MoU on Nigeria/Niger refinery in July »
2018/06/20 – Nigeria is to host the seventh meeting of the Ministers of Defence of Sahel Saharan State from June 20 to 22, 2018. The parley is geared at consolidating on the fight against terrorism in the region. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria holds meeting of Sahel Saharan security chiefs #Mali »
2018/06/15 – Canadian Company, StarCore Nuclear Inc. has proposed to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the rollout of 23 small modular reactor nuclear power stations to help provide electricity supply which will be accessible to millions of Nigerians who currently have unreliable or no access to electricity. Continuer à lire … « Canadian firm, StarCore proposes 23 mini nuclear power plants for Nigeria »