For several weeks now, the clatter of Russian guns in Ukraine has brought up a very bad memory for Europe. That of war. European countries were prepared for it. Since 2014, when Crimea was annexed by Russia, Europe has once again become one of the hotspots of the global arms trade. In Africa, the acquisition of military equipment has clearly diminished – by 13% from 2015 to 2020. However, faced with numerous security threats – terrorism, transnational crime, piracy – the continent remains particularly affected.
This is part 2 of a 4-part series
As a student at a vocational school where he was learning the basics of business, he had already started his life as an entrepreneur. People described him as “discreet”, “reserved” and “trouble-free”. “No one had any complaints about him,” says a former classmate. Interestingly though, no one called him ‘Petit Boubé’ or ‘Fierce Style’, aliases that he would later adopt.