Togo

  • May- 2020 -
    21 May
    Togo is on the front line after its northern neighbour, Burkina Faso, fell prey to the jihadist chaos that had begun in neighbouring Mali

    Worried Togo Finds Itself on Front Line of Sahel’s Jihadist War

    In a makeshift bunker of sacks of rice beneath a tree, heavily-armed Togolese soldiers keep watch over villagers coming and going on foot or bike across the border with Burkina Faso. Just a dried-out river bed separates the two West African countries. In surrounding fields, peasant farmers are bent silhouettes, watering the sorghum and maize seeds sown before the arrival of the first rains. Soon, clouds will chase away the fine dust of the harmattan, the desert wind that each year sweeps off the Sahara southwards to the coast and chokes the air. Nothing dramatic, or so it would seem, ever happens at Yemboate, in Togo’s far north. Yet less than 30 kilometers (19 miles) away, over the border in eastern Burkina Faso, jihadists and militia groups have imposed their own brutal law. Those policemen, doctors, and teachers who have not fled are being hunted down and butchered. “When I was small, we spent our time swimming in the river,” says farmer Abdoulaye Mossi, leaning on his bike with a hoe, speaking to AFP before the coronavirus pandemic. The arid channel separates his peaceful village of cob huts from a Burkinabe village on the other side. “Fear rules today,” the farmer says. But fear does …

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  • Jul- 2019 -
    10 July
    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

    Sahel states need more support to fight extremism, UN chief Guterres says

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged international support for the G5 Sahel to help West Africa's fight against violent extremism

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  • Oct- 2018 -
    27 October
    Senegal peacekeeper in Mali

    Mali: Two UN peacekeepers killed, at least 9 injured in attacks in Ber and Konna

    Two Burkinabe UN peacekeepers were killed and at least nine others from Burkina Faso and Togo were injured in two attacks in central and northern Mali

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