Since 2015, Burkina Faso has seen an increase in terror attacks, mainly in the north and east of the country. So-called Western education has become the target of jihadist groups. Students and teachers are regularly intimidated, with some even raped or killed. Amid the threat, more than 2,000 schools have closed, preventing more than 300,000 pupils from getting an education, according to the Ministry of Education. On the ground and in IDP camps, NGOs and unions are trying to provide psychological support to traumatised teachers and children. Our correspondents report.
The proliferation of small arms and ammunition across various parts of Nigeria has resulted in violence, kidnappings, armed robbery, mass killings, and socio-economic upheavals. Nigeria's porous borders mean that weapons flow easily into the country from neighbouring nations, while suppliers of locally-made weapons have a field day delivering firearms virtually anywhere in the country.
A wave of independence swept across Africa sixty years ago. This week it’s been the turn of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to mark their independence. But amid the celebrations there is also time to reflect, regret even mourn what has taken place since gaining self-rule. Somalia, for instance, has seen the state split, a civil war, imposition of sharia law and a rise in piracy and Islamist terrorism.