Mali plans to double the size of its army to combat jihadis

World Jan 30, 2020

Mali plans to double the size of its army to combat jihadis

Mali will increase the size of its army by about 50 percent in a recruitment drive this year aimed at uprooting jihadist groups, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse said on Wednesday. The plan is to hire 10,000 new soldiers in the coming months to "allow our ...

World / Social Issues Mar 21, 2019

Niger's top court outlaws 'fifth wife' sex-slave maids

Niger's top court has outlawed the practice of keeping women as maids and sex slaves known as "fifth wives," capping a decade-long legal battle by one victim that could inspire others in the West African nation to seek justice, lawyers and activists said. The "fifth ...

Thousands flee Niger for Chad in fear of Boko Haram

World Aug 1, 2017

Thousands flee Niger for Chad in fear of Boko Haram

Fear of Boko Haram attacks has driven at least 7,000 people from Niger to seek refuge in Chad in the last week, and thousands more may cross the border if the violence escalates, the United Nations said on Monday. The recent arrivals in Chad's Lake ...

Niger, Chad forces attack Boko Haram positions on Lake Chad

World Mar 31, 2015

Niger, Chad forces attack Boko Haram positions on Lake Chad

Niger and Chad attacked Boko Haram militants on Monday on islands on Lake Chad that the Islamists have used as a safe haven, military sources in Niger said. A push by Nigeria's armed forces and troops from neighboring Chad and Niger has driven Boko Haram ...