Western Sahel: the push for counter-insurgency results is fuelling attacks on civilians, according to a new report
After eight years of conflict in the Sahel, the international community remains primarily focused on the two main jihadi militant groups driving the sub-regional insurgency in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger: the Al Qaeda-affiliated Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). The reality on the ground is far more complex.
With its people increasingly frustrated by elite impunity, civil society organisations are seeking to mobilise into a coherent protest movement.
Oswald Padonou argues that the introduction of military service or a national civic service could help address the growing problem of insecurity in Burkina Faso.