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Weekly Update on Francophone Africa

Le Monde: Pour tout l’or du Sahel Équipés à peu de frais, des milliers d’hommes creusent le Sahara à la recherche d’or depuis la découverte de filons au Soudan, au Tchad, au Niger… Aussi récente que rapide, cette ruée a pris de court les États du Sahel, déjà déstabilisés par les mouvements djihadistes et les trafics en tout genre, notamment de drogue. Si l’orpaillage artisanal peut se révéler rapidement lucratif, il constitue aussi une activité dangereuse et précaire. Read more on Le Monde Mail&Guardian: The last French speakers in Lagos Every morning, without fail, Sunday Ajongun kneels down and says a prayer together with his wife and two young children. The prayers are said in a medley of languages. Unusually in Africa’s most populous Anglophone nation, English is not one of them. Ajongun and his family are among a tiny community of French speakers living and working in the heart of Lagos. They trace their roots to the nearby border with Benin — which was colonised by France — and French remains an important part of their linguistic identity, together with Egun and Yoruba. Ajongun speaks French with his children, and they attend one of the city’s few French-medium schools. […]

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Politics at the Heart of the Crisis in the Sahel

The international community has become seized with the spiraling crisis in the Sahel. In September 2019, UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres warned that “we are losing ground in the face of violence.”1 There has been a rapid expansion of extremist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger,2 from 180 incidents in 2017 to approximately 800 violent events in the first 10 months of 2019.3 There has also been a sharp increase in displaced persons. In Burkina Faso, for example, the United Nations reports that 486,000 people have been displaced in 2019, compared to just 80,000 in all of 2018. The deteriorating situation in the Sahel and its implications for regional security, migration, criminality, and corruption have spurred foreign partners—including the United States, European capitals, Gulf states, and some West African governments—to throw soldiers, diplomats, and development experts at the problem. Read more on CSIS

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