Sahel: What to look out for in 2021

By The Africa Report

Posted on Monday, 8 February 2021 18:07, updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2021 13:37
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Small part of Lake Chad borno state on 5 September 2015 (Sani Ahmad Usman / Wikimedia Commons)

Young men and women have stark choices growing up in the Sahel: that band of scrub and desert above the West African coastline but underneath the Sahara.

As Lake Chad slowly evaporated over the past decades, it took centuries-old farming techniques with it. That environmental catastrophe is feeding into a governance crisis also decades-long in the making.

Terrorist groups often make the law in rural areas of the Sahel. Sahelian states like Mali, and the states of northern Nigeria, are unable to project power and security for their citizens across their vast, sparsely populated territories.

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