NIAMEY: The Massacre of 100 civilians by jihadists in Niger Saturday should “remind” the fragility of the Sahel, said Wednesday the president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, in a statement to the United Nations, calling on the international community to “mobilize”.
” The killing of more than 100 innocent people on 2 January at the region of Tillabery bordering on Mali is there to remind us,” the context “fragile (…) whose first victims are women and children” said the head of state, who will leave the power after the presidential election, which he is not a candidate and that the second round will be held in late February.
On Saturday, one hundred civilians were killed in two villages in western Niger bordering Mali in an attack, the heaviest toll of an attack on civilians attributed to jihadists, according to the NGO Acled which lists the violence in the region.
The country has been in national mourning for three days since Monday , and has announced a strengthening of security in the area.
The two villages, Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadereye, are located in the so-called “three borders” region between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger . It is one of the epicenters of jihadist violence in the Sahel.
The national armies, under-trained and under-equipped to fight armies partners sides (led by France) and to within a joint force created in 2017, the strength of the G5 Sahel.
But it is struggling to gain momentum, notably for lack of funding.
Wednesday and repeating a demand repeatedly made by the presidents of the region and the Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres, Mr Issoufou asked its investment under a mandate from the UN to facilitate, in particular its funding.
“We base the hope that the Council of security, which is the mission of ensuring global peace and security, will the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin in the center of their agenda,” said Mr. Issoufou.