A new Save the Children report reveals children living in conflict zones in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger are facing an illegal recruitment risk by non-state armed groups.
Pan-African festival, FESPACO, showcases works by African filmmakers and works produced on the continent.
Daesh and related groups are increasingly recruiting and targeting children in the region around Niger's borders with Mali and Burkina Faso.
Suspected militants linked to Daesh terror group kill 17 people and wound five others in the village of Theim of western Tillaberi region, officials say.
National flag lowered to half-mast at the parliament, presidency and government offices in capital Ouagadougou following Wednesday’s deadly raid in Burkina’s Sahel region that killed 65 civilians and 15 gendarmes.
At least 30 civilians along with 17 soldiers and volunteer defence fighters were killed when a convoy in northern Burkina Faso was ambushed by militants, authorities say.
The villages near the border with Niger "were the target of attacks by armed terrorist groups", leading to the death of 11 civilians, the ministry says in a statement.
The soldiers were first ambushed then, as they tried to evacuate their wounded, were hit by an improvised explosive device in the country's southwest, according to defence ministry.
Despite several reports and local accounts, France rejects that its military operation caused civilian killings in Mali and the Sahel region.
Deadly attacks are common in the Sahel countries, as is banditry. And in the vast areas outside of state control, the militants often levy taxes in the form of livestock.
There are concerns, however, that an ill-coordinated drawdown and ad-hoc coalition with fewer soldiers won’t be able to bring security and will significantly affect the various international development projects in the Sahel.
President Roch Kabore is under heavy pressure to contain the devastating violence and end the humanitarian crisis that has seen around 1.5 million people flee their homes.
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